‘This was kind of cool, an entire scene in 13 Going On 30 was shot around Love Is A Battlefield, with Jennifer Gardner singing on it and clowning around during a slumber party scene. It exposed the song to a whole new young demographic of girls’. – HK
In the best examples of this genre, there are funny scenes in which adult actors get to act as if they're inhabited by kids. did this about as well as it can be done in "Big," and I also liked in "Vice Versa" and of course in the 2003 version of "Freaky Friday." Strangely, "13 Going on 30" doesn't linger on scenes like that, maybe because Jenna is established in a high-powered Manhattan world where she has to learn fast. The result is that most of the movie isn't really about a 13-year-old in an adult body, but about a power struggle at the magazine, and Jenna's attempts to renew her friendship with Matt (now played by ).
|13 Going on 30|
|Film score by Theodore Shapiro|
|Released||April 6, 2004|
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If anything, “13 Going on 30” is Garner’s chance to show the world that she can do much more than cry and kick derrière. In this cute little flick we get to see the loveable and adorable Jennifer Garner. It is the perfect vehicle to establish her broad range as an actress. Yes, she can make you cry. Yes, she can get you to sit on the edge of your seat. We already knew she could throw down a beatin’ and cry on cue three takes in row, but did you know that she can make you fall out of your seat with laughter? Her comic chops are readily seen in this role and she pulls off every line, every pratfall, and every situation like the most veteran comedian.
is indeed a charmer, but she's the victim of a charmless treatment in "13 Going on 30," another one of those body switch movies (think "Big," "," "Freaky Friday," etc.) in which a child magically occupies an adult body. The director, , came out of Sundance with "" (2003), a movie in which a 16-year-old boy was seduced by a 40-year-old woman, and some of us wondered how well that plot would have worked with a 16-year-old girl and a 40-year-old man. Now Winick finds out, by supplying a 13-year-old girl with a 30-year-old body and a boyfriend who's a professional hockey star. Their big makeout scene goes wrong when she thinks he's "gross," and we fade to black, mercifully, before we find out what happens then. Can you be guilty of statutory rape caused by magical body-switching?