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(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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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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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