SUD­DENLY 30 (2004) GO! 7.30PM, PG, COM­EDY

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

It’s the late 1980s, and 13-year-old mis­fit Jenna (Christa B. Allen) longs to be a fully fledged adult. Thanks to some magic pow­der, courtesy of chubby best friend Matt (aka Beaver), she morphs into Alias’s sul­try Jennifer Garner and finds her­self im­mersed in the new mil­len­nium as a high­fly­ing New York fash­ion mag edi­tor. Twee ro­mance en­sues as she seeks out the now pre­dictably hunky Matt (Mark Ruf­falo) and at­tempts to piece to­gether the “miss­ing years”. In­side, of course, she’s still 13, which is the set-up for many a comic sit­u­a­tion. Tom Hanks did it bet­ter in Big, but Garner is a nice fit any­way. ★★★ the film’s ti­tle. The man who doesn’t call, the long-term boyfriend who won’t com­mit to mar­riage, the cheat­ing hus­band – th­ese signs are over­looked by the women who just want to love and be loved. Ben Af­fleck and Justin Long are two of the male com­bat­ants in this en­joy­able bat­tle of the sexes. ★★★

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