13 Going on 30 (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

13 Going on 30 (2004)

13 Going on 30 (2004)

13 Going on 30



Critic Consensus: The plot's nothing new, but Garner shows a lovable flair for romantic comedies.

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Movie Info

Thirteen-year-old Jenna (Shana Dowdeswell) has had enough with the trials of adolescence. In addition to being saddled with a devoted-but-nerdy best friend, Matt (Sean Marquette), she falls victim to one of the dangers of playing Seven Minutes in Heaven with the coolest kids in school: being stranded without a willing make-out partner. Humiliated, Jenna buries herself in the aforementioned make-out closet, wishing she could skip the whole adolescence bit and move straight into adulthood, and miraculously wakes up just weeks away from her 30th birthday. Of course, a lot has changed since going to bed the night before, not the least of which being an impressive set of womanly curves. The new, older Jenna (Jennifer Garner) is a successful magazine editor with friends in high places and a lion's share of potential suitors -- including a hockey-playing boyfriend and a swarthy married man. The problem is that her mind hasn't matured with her body; Jenna not only finds living on her own more terrifying than cool, but is quick to dismiss any male over the age of 14 as "gross." Half excited, half mortified, Jenna seeks out Matt (Mark Ruffalo), whom she learns she had spurned as a teenager in an effort to join the popular crowd. Gary Winick directed the film, from a script by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa; Gina Matthews produced. Choreographer Michael Peters -- who died in 1994 -- received posthumous credit, as his choreography from the Michael Jackson Thriller video is used in one scene. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual content and brief drug references)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Cathy Yuspa, Josh Goldsmith, Niels Mueller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 7, 2006
Box Office: $56.0M
Sony Pictures - Official Site


Jennifer Garner
as Jenna Rink
Mark Ruffalo
as Matt Flamhaff
Christa B. Allen
as Young Jenna
Sean Marquette
as Young Matt
Andy Serkis
as Richard
Samuel Ball
as Alex Carlson
Kathy Baker
as Beverly Rink
Phil Reeves
as Wayne Rink
Kiersten Warren
as Trish Sackett
Alexandra Kyle
as Young Tom-Tom
Alex Black
as Young Christopher Gr...
Joe Grifasi
as Mr. Flamhaff
Mary Pat Gleason
as Mrs. Flamhaff
Susan Egan
as Tracy Hansen
Merris Carden
as Veronica
Courtney Chase
as Stella Lohmann
John W. Grant
as Band Leader
Bill Kotsatos
as Photo Shoot Grip
Ashley Benson
as Six Chicks
Justin Burke
as 13-Year-Old Boy
Brittany Curran
as Six Chicks
Melody Krell
as Magazine Staffer
Brie Larson
as Six Chick
Megan Lusk
as Six Chick
Julia Roth
as Six Chicks
Jeffrey Shane Cohn
as Grandy's Friend
Luis Pedron
as Matt's Photo Assitan...
George Hine
as Grandy's Friend
James Pomichter
as Guy Hit by Shrimp
Ian Barford
as Pete Hanson
Benita Krista Nall
as Waitress at Party
Brad Tiemann
as Magazine Staffer
Catherine Combs
as Catherine
Jim Gaffigan
as Chris Grandy
Corena Chase
as Poise Employee
Crystal Michelle
as Poise Secretary
Shambo Pfaff
as Band Member
Fabrice Calmettes
as Band Member
Eron Otcasek
as Band Member
Kevin D. White
as Yearbook Photographe...
Kevin Stea
as Dancer
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News & Interviews for 13 Going on 30

Critic Reviews for 13 Going on 30

All Critics (173) | Top Critics (39)

There's not a lot of originality to this film.

Full Review… | January 17, 2016
Fat Guys at the Movies

Touching and hilarious Jennifer Garner romcom.

Full Review… | August 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

Jennifer Garner breaks character by forgetting that she's playing an awkward 13-year-old girl in a 30-year-old woman's body in this girly comedy

Full Review… | May 7, 2009

Naive as its young heroine, but also as good-natured. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | February 22, 2009
Groucho Reviews

The sheer predictability of the plot means it doesn't really stand up to the scrutiny of anyone older than 15.

Full Review… | June 15, 2008
Eye for Film

A radiant woman looking like she's having the time of her life makes up for a lot of inconsistencies.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

Audience Reviews for 13 Going on 30

Just one of those delightful wish-fulfillment fantasies that you gotta watch when it comes on TBS. Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo are both so sweet and adorkable that you'll want to smash all the dollhouses.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

...going on zero. I don't know whether it's more annoying watching a rom-com featuring an an immature main character with attention deficit, or suffering through a preposterous premise that no one even tries to explain. Garner was grating; Ruffalo was almost a prop. There's just not much to like unless you regularly fantasize about falling in love with someone unstable.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Love this movie. Actually think I enjoy it more everytime I see it. Has a bit of everything in it. 80's flashbacks, and just a really sweet little story.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

13 Going on 30 Quotes

Richard Kneeland: Jenna, my balls - Excuse my French - are in an iron vice. Corporates are twisting and squeezing like a bunch of dominatrixes on steroids, and now Lucy is presenting her own re-design without you. Could you tell me what is going on?
Jenna Rink: What is going on is that you are going to have more choices.
Richard Kneeland: With all due respect to Lucy, I'm far more anxious to know what you've been working on.
Jenna Rink: Thank you.
Richard Kneeland: I'm not trying to compliment you. I'm trying to pressure you.
Jenna Rink: How long until your balls get totally squished?
Richard Kneeland: Hopefully never, I'm rather attached to my balls.
Jenna Rink: Can they hang in there til five?
– Submitted by SailorMoon797 F (3 years ago)
Jenna Rink: I love you, Matt. You're my best friend.
Matt Flamhaff: I love you too, Jenna... I've always loved you.
– Submitted by SailorMoon797 F (3 years ago)
Matt Flamhaff: You can't just turn back time.
Jenna Rink: Why not?
– Submitted by SailorMoon797 F (3 years ago)
Jenna Rink: Matty.
Matt Flamhaff: Yeah?
Jenna Rink: Arrivederci.
Matt Flamhaff: I'll see you.
Jenna Rink: Matt!
Matt Flamhaff: Yeah? [she gives him a look] Au revoir.
– Submitted by SailorMoon797 F (3 years ago)

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