ReWatch movie review: 13 Going On 30
This is just as adorable as the first time around. I find it hard not to smile when Jennifer Garner is smiling wide or Mark Ruffalo is slightly awkward. The Thriller dance is worth the price of admission.
It's an interesting movie in that it allows Jenna to see what her life would (or could) be like. Great job, apartment, boyfriend - - but at the cost is high, she becomes jaded and a different person. No longer the sweet girl with ambitions but a person not many like.
Due to magic sparkles, Jenna gets the chance of a do-over and when she returns to her proper age she remembers everything so has a perspective that allows her to make decisions that her future self will approve of.
I'm sure it gets compared to Big (just because a kid is now an adult) but the lesson and premise are different. While Jenna learns a very personal lesson, in Big the people around Josh are motivated to take a breath and look around and adjust the way they live. Both stories are great because they point out the need for balance, don't sacrifice everything you are to be successful.
Balance is always important, I myself wish I didn't always think work was the most important thing. I've made some adjustments recently that changes that mindset.
The movie is adorable, Jennifer Garner is wonderfully awkward being 13 and waking up in the body of a 30 year old. It's a fun movie and that leaves you in a good mood.