Going On 30, Dir; Guy Winick, Cert; 12a
me be honest here if you are, in fact, a thirteen year old girl,
you probably will enjoy this film a lot, as the films target audience
(i.e. YOU) is showered with cheese, schmaltz and a double helping of sugar
coated goo. Just the way adolescent girls like it. Um
For the rest of us though, the puke-o-meter rises a little too high throughout
the course of the movie for it to merit much praise.
Anyway, on to the main synopsis, which is typical Hollywood fare. With
the film set in the 1980s, thirteen year old Jenna Rink goes through every
day of her life yearning to be older, and after being humiliated by her
so called friends at her own party, her best friend Matt Flamhoff
sprinkles pixie dust over a present hed made for her
(a Jenna Dreamhouse) and tells her to make a wish. Hey Presto!
We are transported to the present day. Jenna is now 30 and finding out,
day by day and to her horror, just what a deeply unpleasant person she
has become over the last 17 years. This, of course, she vows to change.
The old Be careful what you wish for adage becomes apparent.
Now, I cant deny that there are several highly entertaining and
quite a few very amusing moments, but the film just gets so predictable
half way through that it kind of loses its appeal. Id even go so
far as to say that I really liked the first 45 minutes! Maybe the arrival
of latecomers distracted my train of thought a little and hampered my
enjoyment somewhat. Oh hang on, that was the Ed
If one thing DOES need to be praised here though, it is the casting of
both the older AND younger versions of the main characters. Jennifer Garner
was perfect for her role, and shows why her profile has been rising so
rapidly of late, and Mark Ruffalo effortlessly pulls off the likeable
neglected guy role, showing yet again the versatility of his acting
said, the biggest plaudits must go to the junior actors, Christa B Allen
and Sean Marquette, for their portrayals of young Jenna and young Matt,
the latter of whom was a find and a half, being totally impossible to
dislike at any stage of the movie. There was something quite heartwarming
about those two performances, and the fact that they actually LOOKED like
their older, more experienced counterparts is a major credit to the the
Aside from that, it was an entertaining eighties soundtrack. Its
just a pity the whole thing was so damn cheesy.
5/10 (though you could probably raise that to a 7/10 if
youre a thirteen year old girl. But lets face it youre