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13 Going on 30 back to product details

Character Repair
written by talltale July 27, 2004 - 6:50 AM PDT
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
13 GOING ON 30 works pretty well, considering its warmed-over premise of magically going from childhood to adult--a la "Big." Jennifer Garner is attractive, energetic and funny as the older version of the heroine and Mark Ruffalo displays his usual low-keyed, offbeat charm as her hero. What sets the film apart from others in the genre is the fact the when the little girl suddenly becomes a woman, she discovers that the woman she's become is a truly nasty piece of work. Somehow, between the age of 13 and 30, she's grown up into a trashy, thankless human being. We never see this woman but we hear plenty about her, and Garner's sunny, 13-year-old disposition has to mend all the fences. So the film becomes a journey toward character repair, silently asking the question, What choices do we make that lead us so far astray? If the movie took this theme seriously, it might have been great instead of merely OK, but for a Hollywood feel-good film to even ask the question is a step in the right direction.


(Average 5.91)
110 Votes
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