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13 Going on 30 Review

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  • 70

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Isn't the best romantic comedy one might wish for, but it's more than good enough.

  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Does a good job of reviving stale material. Thanks to a snappy script by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa and an effervescent performance by Jennifer Garner, this romantic comedy has a buoyant personality.

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  • 75

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Amusing, charming and pleasantly nostalgic.

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  • 75

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Solidly entertaining.

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  • 91

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The rare commercial comedy that leaves you entranced by what can happen only in the movies.

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OK for kids 12+

Touching and hilarious Jennifer Garner romcom.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this gentle romantic comedy will appeal to older kids, tweens, teens (especially girls), and grown-ups, too. There are messages about popularity, values, and being true to yourself, delivered with insight and humor. Because the story places a 13-year-old girl in the body of a 30-year-old, the heroine's reaction to sexual situations is exaggerated and meant to be funny: "boob" talk, the beginnings of a striptease, a married man making a pass, mistaking sexual games for childhood board games, and finding a naked man in her apartment (no actual nudity). Characters flirt, kiss, wear some revealing clothes, and use mild profanity and sexual language ("jump your bones," "thingy" (referring to a man's unseen penis), "Are you gay?" "bitch," "hell"). There's some drinking (the lead enjoys that part of being a grown-up); marijuana and some mind-altering drugs are mentioned.

  • Families can talk about how being a grown-up may be different than it appears to a child. What was the biggest surprise for Jenna?
  • Can you think of some other movies that use switching bodies as a plot device?
  • Families might also want to talk about the way middle-schoolers treat one another and how to make sure that you don't grow up with the kind of regrets that Jenna does. Is/was there a "6 Chicks"-type group in your school?

The good stuff
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    Messages: When 13 Going on 30 opens, 13-year-old Jenna is driven to be popular, and have what she wants at any cost ("I don't want to be original; I want to be cool.") Getting an unexpected look at herself at age 30 shows her that it's far more important to be kind, generous, honest, and true to your own values and talents. And, she begins to understand that by making mistakes, she will learn how to make things right.

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    Role models: Viewers take a journey with Jenna as she goes from being a self-centered, awkward girl willing to do anything to be liked by the "in" group to an independent-thinking, unselfish, and ethical young woman who becomes immune to peer pressure. Parents are supportive, understanding, and loving. The world of magazine publishing is presented as cutthroat, shallow, and materialistic. There's one featured gay player, little ethnic diversity.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The leading lady forcefully pushes a man away from her and follows with a kick to the crotch.

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    Sex: Lots of double-meanings, sexual references, humorous sexual moments. It's all in fun as an innocent 13-year-old is unexpectedly thrust into adult situations. She discovers a naked man in her apartment (no actual nudity; she holds up an umbrella to cover him); squelches a pass from a married colleague; appreciates her new womanly body and sexy clothing; inappropriately flirts with a young tween boy; and ends up in a new acquaintance's apartment thinking the games he wants to play are Monopoly and Battleship. There's some romantic kissing. One featured character is gay.

  • language false2

    Language: "Bulls--t," "Holy Christ," "damn," "ass," "bitch," "jump your bones" and some bodily references ("testicles," "balls," "butt" and "thingy" referring to a penis).

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    Consumerism: Visuals of: Fed Ex, Bloomingdale's, Chanel, "For Dummies" books," Cole Haan, New York City's CBGB Club, shots of Times Square with some businesses identified. Razzles candy plays a role in the story. The games Battleship and Monopoly are mentioned.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Numerous scenes depict social drinking. The 13-year-old in a 30-year-old body has her first experiences with adult beverages, gets slightly tipsy. An underage girl talks about buying beer. Marijuana and a couple of illegal drugs are mentioned briefly.