13 Going on 30
For some, 13 feels like it was just yesterday. For Jenna, it was.
Directed by: Gary Winick
Starring: Jennifer Garner,
Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy Serkis, Kathy Baker, Phil Reeves
2004 Cosmique Movie Awards
When Jenna (Jennifer Garner) makes a wish on her 13th birthday to be older after girls she thinks are more sophisticated tease her, she wakes up to find herself a 30-year-old publishing executive.
Jennifer Garner is a favorite of Cosmo voters - last season, was won for Actress' Character You Would Most Like to be Intimate With for her portrayal of Elektra in "Daredevil" (the film's only nomination). With "13 Going on 30," she has a chance to prove that she venture into lighter fare than the kick-butt heroines that have made her famous. And she succeeds.
"13 Going on 30" builds on similar instantly-older fantasy films like "Big" and "Freaky Friday" (a genre which lets filmmakers poke fun at themselves by allow themselves to pretend to see adults through the eyes of kids). But this film also throws in a bit of the "what if you had a chance to see your future and change it" genre like "A Christmas Carol" and, more distantly, "It's a Wonderful Life." It's the typical heartwarming film with messages you can predict for this genre: being nice can pay off in the long run, don't grow up too quickly, don't overlook the romantic prospects right under your nose.
Jennifer Garner is fun and refreshing in this film, but ultimately it doesn't have the subversiveness or wickedly funny writing of some of the other teen comedies of the summer to give it enough heft come awards season.
My Rating: 6
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