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13 GOING ON 30

13 Going on 30 is a romantic comedy that takes viewers on a heartwarming journey through time. It was filmed in 2003 and with its intriguing plot, talented cast, and memorable filming locations this film has become a beloved classic in the rom-com genre.

The movie follows the story of Jenna Rink, a 13-year-old girl who magically wakes up in her 30-year-old self’s body after making a wish to be “30, flirty, and thriving.” Confused and disoriented, Jenna navigates the world of adulthood, where she discovers that her childhood dreams haven’t exactly panned out as she expected.

Jennifer Garner plays 30-year-old Jenna Rink and Christa B. Allen plays 13-year-old Jenna Rink. Mark Ruffalo plays Matty Flamhaff, Jenna’s childhood best friend and love interest. The supporting cast, including Judy Greer and Andy Serkis, contributes to the film’s humor and emotional depth.

The movie beautifully captures the essence of New York City and New Jersey, offering viewers glimpses of iconic locations:

The historic Greenwich Village neighborhood in Manhattan provides a vibrant backdrop for 30-year-old Jenna’s life. Scenes were filmed along its charming streets and picturesque brownstones. Her apartment is located between 5th and 12th avenue.

Teaneck High School in New Jersey was used for 13-year-old Jenna’s school scenes. The authentic suburban high school helped establish Jenna’s adolescent world.

Sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline from across the river in Hoboken, New Jersey lend a sense of wonder to pivotal scenes.

Fun Facts:

  • Mark Ruffalo’s first scene that he filmed was the “Thriller” scene.
  • When Jenna goes into the closet for “7 minutes of heaven”, you might be able to spot childhood pictures of Jennifer Garner on the back of the door.
  • Christa B. Allen and Jennifer Garner look so much alike that they continued on to film together in the movie “Ghost of Girlfriend’s Past”. Allen, once again, played a younger version of Jennifer Garner.