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13 Going on 30

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Touching, hilarious Jennifer Garner romcom.

Movie PG-13 2004 98 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 12+

Based on 20 parent reviews

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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Great messages
Great role models
3 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.
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20 ):
Kids say (78 ):

This romcom offers some bright moments and nicely understated humor, despite all the expected collisions between the lives of the 13- and 30-year-old characters/instincts. Jenna raises her hand to be called on in a meeting, for instance, and responds "ew, gross!" to her boyfriend's advances. Ruffalo, as always, adds class and sweetness to the boyfriend role and has impressive delicacy in providing romantic interest for someone who is, after all, emotionally just 13 years old.

But what makes 13 Going on 30 work is Garner, who's enormously touching and hilarious as the 13-year-old living in the body and life of a 30-year-old. Playing a child in an adult body gives her license to show every emotion without any pretense of sophistication. She's wonderfully open and vulnerable, but she handles it lightly and with a lot of charm. And she captures it all perfectly, from Jenna's panic at not understanding what's going on to her rapture as she selects clothes and makeup for her grown-up self as though dressing a Barbie. Garner even gets the walk of a 13-year-old just right, from the shoulders, not the hips. And the look on her face as she does the dance to "Thriller" is so winning you won't just smile with her; you might just start to dance along a little.

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