13 Going on 30

April 23rd, 2004


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A 13 year old girl plays a game on her 13th birthday and wakes up the next day as a 30 year old woman.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 6.0/10 (48,360 voted)

Critic's Score: 57/100

Director: Gary Winick

Stars: Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer

After total humiliation at her thirteenth birthday party, Jenna Rink wants to just hide until she's thirty. Thanks to some wishing dust, Jenna's prayer has been answered. With a knockout body, a dream apartment, a fabulous wardrobe, an athlete boyfriend, a dream job, and superstar friends, this can't be a better life. Unfortunetly, Jenna realizes that this is not what she wanted. The only one that she needs is her childhood best friend, Matt, a boy that she thought destroyed her party. But when she finds him, he's a grown up, and not the same person that she knew.

Writers: Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa

Jennifer Garner - Jenna Rink
Mark Ruffalo - Matt Flamhaff
Judy Greer - Lucy Wyman
Andy Serkis - Richard Kneeland
Kathy Baker - Bev Rink
Phil Reeves - Wayne Rink
Sam Ball - Alex Carlson (as Samuel Ball)
Marcia DeBonis - Arlene
Christa B. Allen - Young Jenna
Sean Marquette - Young Matt
Kiersten Warren - Trish Sackett
Joe Grifasi - Mr. Flamhaff
Mary Pat Gleason - Mrs. Flamhaff
Susan Egan - Tracy Hansen
Lynn Collins - Wendy

Taglines: Jede Frau hat ein Geheimnis - ihres ist wirklich zauberhaft. (Every woman has a secret - hers is really magical.)


Official Website: Columbia Tristar [France] | Official site [Brazil] |

Release Date: 23 April 2004

Filming Locations: 1837 Spruce St, South Pasadena, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $37,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $21,054,238 (USA) (25 April 2004) (3438 Screens)

Gross: $96,455,697 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Rick Springfield attended the premiere, his way of thanking the producers for playing one of his songs in the movie.

Continuity: When Jenna realizes there is a man in her bathroom, she grabs the umbrella and undoes the strap around it. In the next shot, the strap is attached again. In the shot when she opens in front of him, it's unattached.

[first lines]
Boy: Move it, dorkus.

User Review

I'm embarrassed to admit it, but this film was a delight

Rating: 6/10

It's 1987 and Jenna Rink (Christa B Allen) is having a hellish 13th birthday. Mocked by the local teen queens and their leader Lucy, with her only friend being Matt, the chubby boy next door, Jenna's had enough. If only she were 30, she'd be able to control her life. A whiff of magic dust later, and she fastforwards 17 years to the supervixen body of Jennifer Garner, a fab job editing her favourite magazine and a walk-in wardrobe. Jenna goes through the usual fish-out-of-water schtick , but finds that although she may have achieved her dreams, she's a bitch. Her best friend's now the adult Lucy (Judy Greer), while the grown-up Matt doesn't want to talk to her.

Suddenly 30's not innovative and it's certainly corny, but this chick-flick take on Big is charming. Jennifer Garner is suitably wide-eyed and her delight in life is infectious – she's ably supported by Mark Ruffalo as skeptical photographer Matt. I also like that although Jenna struggles in an adult world, she's still able to perform her job, showcasing the talent that she already has as a child. The fashion of both eras is spot on, although Jenna's fondness for Rick Springfield and Michael Jackson's Thriller is more 1984 than 1987.

Overall, Suddenly 30 makes the most of a tired premise to deliver a feel-good slightly guilty pleasure. ***/***** stars.