13 Going on 30

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Touching, hilarious Jennifer Garner romcom.

PG-13 2004 98 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 28 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 92 reviews

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age 13+

Classic cute :)

Ah, were to start? While the beginning may be best, I wouldn't want to give away any spoilers! Positive elements include standing up to peer pressure, taking a stand against bullies, adultery is condemned, redemptive elements of forgiveness, relationships are valued, and a good work ethic is exemplified. Now for the negatives... There is some cussing, but not much, and a few light profanities. There is a scene where a man is naked except for a towel around his waist. Only nudity shown is his torso. A similar situation happens a little later as the same guy tries to preform a strip tease which is strongly rebuked. Both scenes are easy to skip through without detracting from the movie. There are some subtle jokes about drugs and alcohol. Towards the end of the movie the MC asks another character if he's gay, to which he repeats the question sarcastically, and laughs. Because of some of the content I wouldn't recommend the movie for younger children, but teens and upwards would get a kick out of the sweet romance. Otherwise, this is a great family movie for those of y'all who have older kids.

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2 people found this helpful.
age 12+

Fun with good message

Our eleven year old girl really enjoyed. The movie is funny and offers positive messages to kids. Particularly, the main character reflects about her life and values at 30 and then decides to correct past mistakes and find a new path in life.
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