13 Going on 30, by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa
13 Going on 30 is amusing…
However, the only way to enjoy this light…very light comedy is to stop thinking and just relax and put your brain in sleep mode.
Conceivably, there could be a feeble message hidden in there.
It could be that the audience is invited to mediate on what happens between the ages of 13 and 30.
If we take this path, we could generalize this.
Perhaps the writers want us to think about meaning, Seneca and the notion that we lose so much time.
“It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity…”
We move on straight from…
13 to 30
Therefore, this film might be about Seneca, his brilliant thinking and indication that we need to be careful and appreciate time.
However, I am only joking.
This is just a comedy about Jenna Rink, who at the age of thirteen makes a wish and wakes up…
At the age of thirty!
Jennifer Garner is excellent in the leading role.
She is charming, exuberant and credible as a grown up woman who has the mind of a thirteen year old.
Jenna the teenager is appalled by what the adult has done with her life, since the age of thirteen.
If the innocent teenager was moral, friendly, if not perfectly honest- who is? - At least sincere most of the time, the adult Jenna seems to be a rascal.
She is arrogant, false, disloyal, mean, obnoxious and disliked by everyone around, and hated by most.
Now is the time to consider another alternative.
This comedy might be suggesting that we stop laughing- as if we were- and think profoundly about morals…
We are all so pure at the age of thirteen and then…poof
We wake up years later, for time flies by, and all the dreams we had may come true, for some, but in an altered format
Is it all about wealth?
For Jenna has a multitude of shoes, designer bags, dresses and apparently all a woman wants…
One of the prominent thinkers on prosperity, wealth, James Allen has explained in his classics that have sold many million copies:
As a Man Thinketh and The Path to Prosperity
That prosperity does not equal wealth, money and material things, but it has to do with character, values, meaning.
Jenna understands that she has done about all the wrong moves and taken flawed decisions in her life.
Alhamdulillah, there is Matt.
In addition, he can help.
In conclusion, one can either dismiss this as a mediocre comedy or look within and enjoy some of the themes.