There's no denying it: Being 13 is hard! Especially when you're NOT among the 1% of golden boys and girls who make up the popular elite.
This is Jenna's life story. All she wants is to be accepted into the inner circle of the Six Chicks (the popular girls lead by mean girl Tom-Tom) and have her crush, the cutest and most popular boy in school, notice her. Unfortunately, Jenna is a geek who knows all the moves to Michael Jackson's Thriller and secretly has always wanted a Barbie Dream House. And the fact that she hangs out with Matt, her best friend who is an even bigger geek, doesn't help.
Things come to a head at Jenna's 13th birthday party when a prank turns ugly. Jenna makes a birthday wish to be 30...and suddenly she is! Jenna wakes up in a stylish New York City apartment to discover she's gotten everything she's ever wanted: A closet full of the hottest clothes, a fabulous career at her favorite fashion magazine, a cute boyfriend, and, yes, even boobs. Problem is, inside, she's still that same geeky and niave 13 year old she was a few moments earlier. Jenna soon discovers that things aren't all glamour and glitter like they first appeared. She has no real friends and she hasn't had any contact with her parents in years. Bottom line, Adult Jenna is not a nice person. At all. And she needs to find out what happened to make her the way she is. The only person who can help unravel this mystery is her old BFF, Matt. But turns out Matt isn't much help either (In fact, he doesn't really want anything to do with her). Can Jenna turn her life around before it's too late? Does she even deserve a do-over?
13 Going on 30 (2004) is a fun film about wishes and second chances. The idea behind the film isn't particularly original. In fact, it kind of ripped off BIG (1988), swapping the male lead with a female. But it's still adorable and enjoyable. Recommended if you're in the mood for a light movie of the rom-com variety. --AJB