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13 Going on 30
Directed by Gary Winick
Produced by Gina Matthews
Written by Josh Goldsmith
Cathy Yuspa
Starring Jennifer Garner
Judy Greer
Mark Ruffalo
Andy Serkis
Kathy Baker
Distributed by Revolution Studios/Columbia Pictures for Sony Pictures Releasing
Release date(s) April 23, 2004
Running time 97 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $37 million[1]
Gross revenue $96,455,697[1]

13 Going On 30 (known as Suddenly 30 in Australia[2]) is a 2004 romantic comedy film starring Jennifer Garner. It has a similar premise to the films Wish Upon a Star, and Freaky Friday, in which girls' souls were swapped into different bodies, as well as the classic short story, Rip Van Winkle, in which a young person falls asleep and wakes up many years later as an older person. Unlike the film Big, Vice Versa, and 14 Going on 30, in which boys were physically transformed into adult men, in this film a 13-year-old girl appears to skip 17 years of her life, and wakes up as a successful magazine editor in the future. It was produced by Revolution Studios for Columbia Pictures.



Jenna Rink, a girl celebrating her 13th birthday on May 26, 1987, wishes to be 30 in hopes that it would help her overcome her unpopularity at school. Jenna especially wants to join the "Six Chicks", a school clique led by Lucy "Tom-Tom" Wyman, who takes advantage of Jenna's desire to fit in by manipulating her. Jenna's best friend, Matt Flamhaff, gives her a doll dream house he built for her and a packet of "magic wishing dust" for her birthday, which is sprinkled on the roof of the house.

Tom-Tom dashes Jenna's hopes of joining the Six Chicks by pulling a cruel practical joke on her during a game of "Seven Minutes in Heaven". Jenna, mistakenly thinking Matt was responsible, gets angry with him and barricades herself in the closet where she put the Dream House. She cries and rocks backs and forth, bumping into the wall, wishing to be "Thirty, flirty, and thriving". The wishing dust from the dollhouse sprinkles on her, and seconds later, Jenna awakens as a 30-year-old woman living in a Fifth Avenue apartment, without her friends or family. It is now 2004, but Jenna has no memory of the 17 years that have passed since her 13th birthday.

30-year-old Jenna's new best friend Lucy (no longer nicknamed Tom-Tom) drives her to her work office. Soon, Jenna discovers she works for Poise, her favorite fashion magazine when she was a teenager. Missing her best friend from 1987, Jenna asks her assistant to track down Matt. To her dismay, Jenna learns she and "Matty" have been estranged since high school when Jenna fell in with the in-crowd, and that Matt is now engaged.

This is complicated by the fact that Jenna has become a shadow of her former self. She has lost almost all contact with her parents, and she is having an affair with the husband of Tracy from the art department. Not only is she generally despised by her co-workers, she is suspected of giving her magazine's ideas to a rival publication, Sparkle. Jenna slowly realizes that the person she has become is neither trustworthy nor likeable, and unknowingly begins to reverse the situation by distancing herself from her new, shallow boyfriend, acting kinder and more honest to her co-workers and friends, and trying to restore her relationship with Matt.

After Jenna overhears Lucy badmouthing her to a co-worker, she sadly realizes that what she thought she wanted wasn't important after all. She heads back to her hometown in New Jersey to reunite with her parents and reminisce by looking through school yearbooks and other items from her school days. These inspire her on her return to Manhattan. Over several outings and working together on a magazine project, Jenna becomes friends with Matt again. Although Matt is engaged and Jenna has a boyfriend, they kiss during a nighttime walk. Dazed, Matt realizes he loves Jenna, but cannot change the past.

After arranging a magazine photo shoot with Matt, then making a successful presentation for a planned revamp for Poise, Jenna prepares for the revamp when she gets bad news from the publisher: Poise is shutting down because the work she put into the relaunch ended up in Sparkle. Jenna learns she was responsible for sabotaging Poise from within by sending their material to Sparkle for months. When Lucy learns this, she cons Matt into signing over the photo rights from the relaunch shoot to her. She accepts the position of Sparkle editor-in-chief, using Jenna's work as her own, similar to what she did when the girls were in high school.

When an already-distraught Jenna discovers Matt is getting married that day, she rushes to his house and begs him to call off the wedding. Matt cannot say yes, although he tells Jenna he loves her. From his closet, he pulls the "dream house" he made 17 years before and gives it back to her. Jenna leaves in tears, crying over the dream house and wishing she could return to 1987.

Unbeknownst to Jenna, specks of wishing dust remain on the dream house, and she wishes she was thirteen again. When she opens her eyes, she finds herself back in the closet of the basement at her parents' house, thirteen years old again. Now, she can change her life. 17 years later, Jenna and Matt are married and live in a house which looks like the dollhouse.



Garner filmed the picture while on break from filming her TV series Alias. Gwyneth Paltrow, Hilary Swank, and Renée Zellweger were originally considered for the part played by Garner.[3] Olivia Mitchell, Diedrich Bader, and Gabrielle Woodard were originally considered for the part played by Ruffalo.



  • Gwyneth Paltrow, Hilary Swank and Renée Zellweger were all considered for the lead role.
  • It was shipped to theatres under the name "Sugar and Spice".
  • When Jenna is flipping through her mail just after waking up as a 30-year-old, one of the letters is from Sparkle.
  • Originally, Young Matt was to be played by Jack Salvatore Jr.. Test audiences reacted negatively towards him and the girl originally playing Young Jenna (Shana Dowdeswell), so the parts were re-cast and the scenes were shot again.
  • The Poise article that Jenna is reading at 13 ("Thirty, Flirty & Thriving"), features the apartment that she later lives in at 30.
  • The blindfold Jenna is wearing when she is 13 is made out of the same material/pattern as the eye cover she is wearing when she wakes up when she is 30. The blindfold and eye cover were both designed by Cris Notti, an accessories designer based out of Los Angeles.
  • In Australia, the title was changed to "Suddenly 30" because distributors thought audiences would misunderstand the original title.
  • Many of the Thriller dancers were choreographer Marguerite Pomerhn Derricks' own dancers, and one of them was producer Gina Matthews.
  • The scenes on Jenna's 13th birthday were shot twice with two different wardrobes. In the movie trailer, young Jenna is wearing a multicolored top and has her hair down but in the movie she is wearing a blue top and her hair is up.
  • Jenna's birth date is 26 May 1974.
  • When Jenna hides in the closet at her thirteenth birthday party, pictures of her growing up can be seen on the back on the door. These pictures are actually of Christa B. Allen, the actress who plays thirteen-year-old Jenna.
  • When Jenna confronts Matt as he is dressing for the wedding, a book with the title Time's Arrow can be seen on the shelf beside her. The book is a novel by Martin Amis, about a man who experiences his life in reverse: the book opens as he becomes conscious as a very old man near death, and proceeds backwards through his life, ending when he is a small child.
  • As "Editor-in-Chief Richard Kneeland," Andy Serkis announces, "I also strongly suggest we take apart our FOB, overhaul the BOB..." In the magazine publishing industry, these acronyms stand for "Front of Book" and "Back of Book" and refer to the short articles placed at the front and back of the magazine.
  • Young Jenna puts her dream house that young Matt makes for her on top of the board game Battleship. Later, adult Jenna asks to play Battleship at her boyfriend's house.
  • In the beginning of the film, Matt gives Jenna a pink "dream house" for her 13th birthday. At the end of the film, we see that Jenna's new house is also colored pink.


The film opened on April 23, 2004 with an initial box office take of US$22 million in its first weekend. It went on to face considerable competition from hit teen comedy Mean Girls and subsequently ended with nearly $60 million at the domestic box office. The same picture became one of the five biggest DVD rentals of the year, with over $57 million in rentals alone according to the Internet Movie Database. The film's success on DVD granted it a re-release in 2006 with special packaging. The picture grossed $96.5 million, going on to become one of the year's biggest DVD rentals and sellers.

The film gathered mixed reviews from critics, earning an approval rating of 65% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 158 reviews.[4]

Garner was nominated for MTV movie and Teen Choice awards for her role as Jenna Rink.[5]


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From Wikiquote

13 Going on 30 is a 2004 film in which a girl's birthday wish transforms her into her 30-year-old future self, and she learns that her dreams of popularity and high fashion may not lead where she expects.

Directed by Gary Winick. Written by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa.
For some, 13 feels like it was just yesterday. For Jenna, it was.taglines


Jenna Rink

  • Dad! You promised you were gonna stay upstairs! GO!
  • I wanna be thirty. Thirty and flirty and thriving...


  • Lucy: OK, you can wipe the doe-eyed-Bambi-watching-her-mother-get-shot-and-strapped-to-the-back-of-a-van look from your face.
  • Matt: It doesn't matter what Lucy said. I stopped trusting her after she stole my poprocks in the third grade.
  • Matt: You don't always get the dream house, but sometimes you get pretty close, you know?


[Repeated lines]
Matt: Arrivederci.
Jenna: Au revoir.

Matt: You know, I can't believe you invited those clones.
Jenna: They're my friends.
Matt: The Six Chicks are not your friends, okay?
Jenna: Well… almost. And someday I'm gonna be a Six Chick.
Matt: There are six of them, Jenna. That's the whole point. There can't be a seventh Six Chick. It's just mathematically impossible. Besides, you're way cooler than they are. They're totally unoriginal.
Jenna: I don't wanna be original, Matty. I wanna be cool.

Mom: Just because you don't look like those girls in Poise magazine doesn't mean you're not beautiful in your own way.
Jenna: I don't wanna be beautiful in my own way. I wanna look like these people!
Mom: Oh, those aren't people, honey. Those are models.

Jenna: Look at this. [reads from magazine] "Thirty and flirty and thriving. Why the thirties are the best years of your life." I wanna be thirty.
Mom: [chuckles] Well, you will be, honey.

Lucy: Can you get in the car?
Jenna: I can't get in the car, I don't get in the car with strangers.
Lucy: Please get in the car, we're gonna be late.
Jenna: I can't get in the car, I don't know you.
Lucy: Just get in the car.
Jenna: I don't get in the car with strangers!
Lucy: You're being a little paranoid.

Alex: Hey, Sweet-Bottom!
Jenna: It's you! You, you put on your pants! And stop calling me "Sweet-Bottom"!
Alex: Look, baby, I —
Jenna: And get out of my house!

Jenna: Wait, listen to me. I'm 13!
Lucy: Jenna, if you're gonna start lying about your age, I'd go with 27.

Lucy: Okay, Jenna, repeat after me: I am Jenna Rink, big time magazine editor.
Jenna: I am?
Lucy: Say it.
Jenna: I am Jenna Rink big time magazine editor.
Lucy: I'm a tough bitch.
[Jenna looks away, embarrassed to say it]
Lucy: Say it!
Jenna: I am a tough [whispers] bitch.
Lucy: I'm gonna walk into this office and not let anyone know I'm hung over.
Jenna: But that's just it. I'm not hung over-
[Lucy gives her pointed look]
Jenna: [sighs] I'm gonna walk into this office and not let anyone know I'm hung over.

Jenna: [to her 13-year-old neighbor girl] I like your shoes.
Becky: Thanks. I like your dress.
Jenna: That's 'cause I've got these incredible boobs to fill it out!

Arlene: Eminem's on the phone; he wants an answer now.
Jenna: [thinking Arlene is referring to M&M's] Umm...plain.
[Arlene looks at her strangely]
Jenna: Peanut? Plain!

Richard: Who's your daddy?
Jenna: Wayne Rink!

Jenna: Hey! You got arm hair!
Matt: Never got quite that reaction before.

Matt: Jenna, what are you... Why are you here?
Jenna: Matty, I told you - something really weird is happening. Yesterday was my 13th birthday and then, and then today I woke up and I'm this, and you, I mean - you're that! You get it?
Matt: [long pause] Are you high? You been smoking pot? Doing X? Fallen into a K-Hole? You doing drugs?

Jenna: What happened?
Matt: I don't know. I can pretty much peg it to your 13th birthday party, when you were in the closet playing that game. Spin the Rapist?
Jenna: Seven Minutes in Heaven.

Jenna: Matty.
Matt: Yeah?
Jenna: Arrivederci.
Matt: I'll see you.
Jenna: Matt!
Matt: Yeah?
[She gives him a look.]
Matt: Au revoir.

Lucy: Beaver? You lost all your baby fat! How does the Beaver stay warm in winter?
Matt: Lucy? I barely recognized you. Did you get a nose job?

Richard: Jenna, my balls - Excuse my French - are in an iron vice. Corporates are twisting and squeezing like a bunch of dominatrixes on steroids, and now Lucy is presenting her own re-design without you. Could you tell me what is going on?
Jenna: What is going on is that you are going to have more choices.
Richard: With all due respect to Lucy, I'm far more anxious to know what you've been working on.
Jenna: Thank you.
Richard: I'm not trying to compliment you. I'm trying to pressure you.
Jenna: How long until your balls get totally squished?
Richard: Hopefully never, I'm rather attached to my balls.
Jenna: Can they hang in there til five?
Arlene: Jenna your prints are ready!
Jenna: Ok wait a second! [goes in and out of her office]
Jenna: Oh aren't you coming?
Arlene: Yes, yes hang on!
Richard: Ok so everybody's invited now hmm?
Arlene: Oh excuse me..[walking past Richard]
Richard: Oh no go ahead...you know - what am I? Just an editor in chief - whatever!

Richard: So, who's the mystery photographer?
Jenna: Matt Flamhaff.
Richard: Is he Arthur, or Martha?
Jenna: Matt. He's Matt.
Richard: [chuckles] No — is he gay?
Jenna: [after pausing to look him up and down] Are you gay?

Jenna: Becky, can I ask you something?
Becky: Yeah, sure.
Jenna: Can you tell I'm wearing underwear, 'cause I totally am.
Becky: I think that's kinda the point!

Jenna: You want to know a secret?
Matt: Yeah.
Jenna: You're the sweetest guy I've ever met.

Matt: You can't just turn back time, Jenna.
Jenna: Why not?

Jenna: I love you, Matt. You're my best friend.
Matt: Jenna... I've always loved you.


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