Movie: 13 Going on 30

I heart Jennifer Garner. Love her to death (YAY – Alias comes back in January!). So going into this movie I knew I’d like it no matter what because I love Jennifer Garner.

The movie begins in 1987, when 13-year-old Jenna who longs to be one of the popular girls is humiliated by them on her birthday and makes a wish to be 30, flirty and thriving.

Poof! The wish comes true and our girl Jenna is now 30, flirty and thriving – but with her still 13-year-old mind. She’s in shock that she’s an adult, but adapts reasonably enough after locating her childhood pal, Matt, and finding out she works at her favorite magazine.

What makes this movie work for me is that Jennifer Garner is so frickin’ cute and bubbly that I couldn’t help but smile through the whole thing. On “Alias” she never gets to smile, so this movie totally had me.

Sure, it’s a chick flick, but it’s a cute one that I may even buy on DVD. And sure, the music and clothes they picked for 1987 were more along the lines of 1981 (music) and 1984 (clothes), but that didn’t matter too much. I mean please, by 1987 Rick Springfield was a has been and neon clothes were passe’. But that’s okay because most kids going to see this movie don’t know that, and adults like me are willing to forgive that inconsistency.

Because it’s JENNIFER GARNER, people! And I love her!

3 1/2 stars out of five.

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