13 Going on 30 (2004)
Written by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa
Directed by Gary Winick
Part of it may be my crush on both Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner’s characters, part of it may be my an affection I have for alternate reality/time travel/time switches, and also, I love a good romantic comedy. All that taken into consideration, I love this film. It is a comfort movie to me, one I have watched countless times, that makes me both laugh and cry.
My favorite moments include music, especially the Thriller dance at the party, the Pat Benatar Love is a Battlefield slumber party Jenna has with a room full of 13 year olds, and the use of Billy Joel’s song Vienna. I love the dollhouse (I want one that comes with Rick Springfield, and ALL the good records) that Matty gives Jenna for her 13th birthday. I also love the small relationships in the film, like between Jenna and her assistant, Arlene.
I also enjoy how Jennifer Garner portrays a “suddenly 30” (30, flirty and thriving – ha) year old. Her mannerisms, her body language, her posture, her reactions – it is like she was meant to play a 13 year old trapped in an older woman’s body. She is so good at silly, gawky and awkward.
“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?” ~ Jenna
And, yes, I love Jenna and Matty’s story. I love the photo shoot, the Razzles, the jump off the swings and the kiss. I love the chemistry, too. I believe in it every time.
Love is a Battlefield