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(2004), PG-13
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
April 23, 2004
43 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2004), PG-13 -- "... was indeed a noble picture, but it was painted with a dirty brush."

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Revolution Studios, Thirteen Productions LLC
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Pictures
Director(s): Gary Winick
Producer(s): Susan Arnold, Allegra Clegg, Todd Garner, Dan Kolsrud, Gina Matthews, Donna Roth
Story: Cathy Yuspa, Josh Goldsmith
Screenplay: Cathy Yuspa, Josh Goldsmith, Niels Mueller
Cinematography/Camera: Don Burgess
Music: Theodore Shapiro
Film Editing: Susan Littenberg
Production Design: Garreth Stover
Art Direction: Ray Kluga
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Jenna Rink (Christie Allen at 13, Jennifer Garner at 30) is 13 years old in 1987. She suffered the same misery almost all 13 year old girls suffer. She wanted to be popular. She wanted to be cool. She wanted the best looking dude in the school, Christopher Grandy (Alex Black, who was 15 in the film). Never mind about education. Social acceptance was paramount. Becoming part of the Six Chick would be the greatest thing to happen in her excruciatingly long and getting longer 13 years. But there are already six girls in the Six Chick.

On her birthday, Jenna invited the Six Chick girls to her birthday party plus some of the guys in her school. Lucy, a.k.a. Tom-Tom (Alexandra Kyle at 13, Judy Greer at 30), leader of Six Chick, used her social wiles and Jenna's desire to be accepted by Six Chick (maybe Seven Chick?) to manipulate Jenna into a closet with hopes that Grandy would open the closet to kiss Jenna. Instead, the party goers left with Jenna still in the closet and Jenna's best friend, Matt Flamhaff (Jack Salvatore Jr. at 13, Mark Ruffalo at 30) opened the closet and found Jenna blindfolded with lips pursed. Young Matt took no advantage of Jenna's blind invitation. He was a good friend, giving without measure. Earlier, Matt had made Jenna a makeshift of a doll house she had wanted for a long time. Of course, one of the features of the dollhouse was Jenna in a bathtub.

As the movie moved forward, the viewer was always aware that Jenna deeply desired to be adult. At an opportune moment in the plot, Jenna was sprinkled with some wishing dust from Matt and -poof- the year was 2004 and Jenna was 30 years old and an editor of a widely popular magazine, "Poise" which was the main competitor of "Sparkle" magazine. Through corporate espionage, [Ps. 101:7] "Poise" was failing and falling into the shadows of "Sparkle."

Yes, there is a token presence of homosexuality in this film for adolescents, just to keep the concept awake in young minds, don't ya know. Why not? Three percent of the population is dictating life to the other 97% aren't they? The chief editor of "Poise" magazine, Richard (Andy Serkis - Gollum and Smeagol of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King) said he is gay. It might seem quite innocuous for an actor to simply state he is gay in a light and casual "in passing" mention of it, making being gay seem routine and even mundane with no special noteworthiness. But that which happens "behind the scenes" in the practice of homosexuality of which intentionally few are aware is always carefully and strategically guarded from being revealed in matters such as this film targeted at your adolescents (which include at-home teens). The same sly and calculated omissions are used to teach your school-aged kids tolerance of diversity, skillfully leaving out the perversity ("strange flesh") in God's eyes [Jude 1:7]. If you want to know to be informed and aware of the "behind the scenes" aspects of the practice of homosexuality, visit our article Do You Really Know What Homosexuals Do? based on the work of Dr. Larry Burthoft for Focus on the Family. WARNING! It speaks to traditionally "dirty" subjects and is rather vulgar simply because of the subject matter, but you, mom/dad, need to know what your kids are being conditioned to tolerate. [1Cor. 6:9-10]

Adult Jenna had been living with a star hockey player. I don't remember who it was. And what does it matter? His only contribution to the film was sexually oriented. Whomever it was, he was the one in the trailer who ripped off his towel to expose his full nudity to adult Jenna who was, by the story, already intimately familiar with it. [1Cor. 7:2] He walked out of the bathroom wearing only the towel and Jenna, still 13 inside, remarked with shock "You're naked" then he made some sort of remark such as "Not yet" as he ripped off the towel. The audience is nearly exposed to the same to which Garner is exposed. Later, he strip danced to his underwear in front of Garner wearing underwear so thin his male anatomy ghosted through the fabric. All for your 13 year old kids. I wonder whether this guy and others are aware of Luke 17:2?

As with most movies which use a ton of ignoble behavior smothering a couple noble behaviors, 13 Going on 30 presents a few quite noble and wholesome values. Most notably was adult Jenna's (while still 13 inside) reluctance and indeed repulsion at the sexual aggression of her live-in lover. That can get confusing! Sexual purity from one who had been practicing sexual immorality with a live-in lover for years? Jenna's reluctance and repulsion at the sexual aggression was indeed a noble picture, but it was painted with a dirty brush. [Ps. 12:8]

Another wholesome matter portrayed in 13 Going on 30 was Matt's friendship with Jenna. It was a friendship that not only stood the test of time but overcame a breakdown. And it was a non-sexual friendship which seems to be quite rare in modern PG-13 cinema. Though Murk Ruffalo is quite vulgar in some of his roles ("... Mark Ruffalo started a perverted phone call with Meg Ryan instructing her in what to do to in great detail ..." in In the Cut), his performance in 13 Going on 30 made him a little more likable.

In addition to 13 Going on 30 losing every one of the starting 100 points in Sexual Immorality (21 line items, many repeated!), it also lost all 100 starting points in Impudence/Hate due mainly to the use of foul language, including two uses of the most foul of the foul words. [Col. 3:8] The movie lost all but 6 of the starting 100 points in Offense to God due to a plethora of uses of God's name in vain. Though all uses of God's name in vain were without the four letter expletive, some of them were abuse of Jesus' name AND some of them were by an adolescent. [Deut. 5:11] While Drugs/Alcohol lost almost half of its starting 100 points to drinking and drunkenness [Eph. 5:18], the movie survived Murder/Suicide unscathed.


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  • Ps. 101:7 No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.
  • Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire [if unforgiven]. ["Flesh" is sarx: the sensuous nature of man. "Going after strange flesh" when applied to Sodom and Gomorrha is the practice (the "going after") of homosexuality (of "strange flesh") and other non-heterosexual behaviors.]. The NIV translates Jude 1:7 the same: "In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire."
  • 1Cor. 6:9-10 Do you not know that the [unforgiven] wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
  • 1Cor. 7:2 But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    13 Going on 30 (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • corporate deceit

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 8 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • two uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • offer to cheat
  • father barging in on a 13 year old girl in her room
  • arrogance at mom
  • social meanness, repeatedly
  • lies, repeatedly
  • teen hating self

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • sexual expressions among and by adolescents
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • adult male in towel only
  • cohabitation, repeatedly
  • self touching, repeatedly
  • adult male ripping towel away to expose his full nudity to a woman, nearly exposing the audience to the same
  • male anatomical reference
  • talk of male anatomy
  • woman's nickname suggestive of sexual intercourse, repeatedly
  • woman in towel only
  • gesture suggestive of oral sex using a carrot stick
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • sexual innuendo, repeatedly
  • male stripping to and dancing in underwear revealing of male anatomy (male anatomy ghosting through thin garment)
  • talk of sexually immoral behavior
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • 13 year old girl saying "Guys don't wanna jump your bones when you are a metal mouth"
  • "My [male anatomy] are in an iron vise"
  • "How long 'till your [male anatomy] get totally squished"
  • homosexual presence

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • 13 year olds speaking of getting beer for a party
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)
  • 18 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive, four by a teen
  • adultery

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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