DVD review from The Movie Snob
13 Going on 30 (B-). This is like my cousin Diane’s favorite movie, but she did not succeed in making me watch it until just recently. The film started out with two strikes against it: (1) I did not particularly like Big, and I assumed that this movie was basically a remake, and (2) I am not a Jennifer Garner (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) fan. Anyhoo, the movie was a pleasantish surprise, even though it was extremely similar to Big. Jenna (Garner) is an unhappy 13-year-old who wakes up one day to find herself 17 years older. (Unlike Big, in this movie the 17 years really have gone by. In a sense, it’s kind of a Rip Van Winkle sort of scenario.) Although Jenna finds that she is a successful magazine editor, she also discovers that she has no real friends and has fallen out of touch with both her parents and her childhood best friend Matt (Mark Ruffalo, Thor: Ragnarok). Lessons are learned, “Thriller” is danced to, yada yada yada. Cute.