13 Going On 30/Catch & Release [DVD]

This Jennifer Garner double feature includes: 13 Going on 30 13-year-old Jenna's wish to skip adolescence is magically granted when she wakes up as an adult (Jennifer Garner) who's about to turn 30. Overwhelmed by her physical changes and the new era, she seeks help from a childhood friend, (Mark Ruffalo) who's now a handsome photographer. Directed by Gary Winick. Catch and Release A woman faced with a tragedy (Jennifer Garner) discovers the man she loved was not all she imagined him to be in this romantic comedy-drama. Written and directed by Susannah Grant whose writing credits include Erin Brockovich and In Her Shoes.
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Special Features

  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

13 Going on 30
Thirteen-year-old Jenna (Shana Dowdeswell) has had enough with the trials of adolescence. In addition to being saddled with a devoted-but-nerdy best friend, Matt (Sean Marquette), she falls victim to one of the dangers of playing Seven Minutes in Heaven with the coolest kids in school: being stranded without a willing make-out partner. Humiliated, Jenna buries herself in the aforementioned make-out closet, wishing she could skip the whole adolescence bit and move straight into adulthood, and miraculously wakes up just weeks away from her 30th birthday. Of course, a lot has changed since going to bed the night before, not the least of which being an impressive set of womanly curves. The new, older Jenna (Jennifer Garner) is a successful magazine editor with friends in high places and a lion's share of potential suitors -- including a hockey-playing boyfriend and a swarthy married man. The problem is that her mind hasn't matured with her body; Jenna not only finds living on her own more terrifying than cool, but is quick to dismiss any male over the age of 14 as "gross." Half excited, half mortified, Jenna seeks out Matt (Mark Ruffalo), whom she learns she had spurned as a teenager in an effort to join the popular crowd. Gary Winick directed the film, from a script by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa; Gina Matthews produced. Choreographer Michael Peters -- who died in 1994 -- received posthumous credit, as his choreography from the Michael Jackson Thriller video is used in one scene. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

Catch and Release
A woman faced with a tragedy discovers the man she loved was not all she imagined him to be in this romantic comedy-drama. Grey (Jennifer Garner) was a beautiful woman who found the man of her dreams in Grady Douglas, and was looking forward to spending the rest of her life with him until he suddenly died only a few days before they were to be married. With her wedding turned into an impromptu funeral, Grey is emotionally devastated but has to deal with the practicalities of her new life alone, including moving out of the house she shared with Grady. Short on cash and in need of emotional support, Grey moves in with two longtime friends, sloppy but philosophical Sam (Kevin Smith) and well-meaning but tightly wound Dennis (Sam Jaeger). Grey also finds herself often chatting with Fritz (Timothy Olyphant), Grady's best friend, through she's always regarded him as a sleazeball. As time passes, Grey discovers that Grady had a secret life he never shared with her -- including a young son from a previous relationship -- and as she tries to come to terms with the past of her former fiancé, she struggles to put her new life on track, and finds herself reevaluating her long-held feelings about Fritz. Catch and Release was the first directorial effort from screenwriter Susannah Grant, whose script credits include Erin Brockovich, 28 Days, and In Her Shoes. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jennifer Garner
    Jennifer Garner - Jenna Rink
  • Mark Ruffalo
    Mark Ruffalo - Matt Flamhaff
  • Judy Greer
    Judy Greer - Lucy Wyman
  • Andy Serkis
    Andy Serkis - Richard Kneeland
  • Kathy Baker
    Kathy Baker - Beverly Rink
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