Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this gentle romantic comedy will appeal to older kids, tweens, teens (especially girls), and grown-ups, too. There are messages about popularity, values, and being true to yourself, delivered with insight and humor. Because the story places a 13-year-old girl in the body of a 30-year-old, the heroine's reaction to sexual situations is exaggerated and meant to be funny: "boob" talk, the beginnings of a striptease, a married man making a pass, mistaking sexual games for childhood board games, and finding a naked man in her apartment (no actual nudity). Characters flirt, kiss, wear some revealing clothes, and use mild profanity and sexual language ("jump your bones," "thingy" (referring to a man's unseen penis), "Are you gay?" "bitch," "hell"). There's some drinking (the lead enjoys that part of being a grown-up); marijuana and some mind-altering drugs are mentioned.
Lots of double-meanings, sexual references, humorous sexual moments. It's all in fun as an innocent 13-year-old is unexpectedly thrust into adult situations. She discovers a naked man in her apartment (no actual nudity; she holds up an umbrella to cover him); squelches a pass from a married colleague; appreciates her new womanly body and sexy clothing; inappropriately flirts with a young tween boy; and ends up in a new acquaintance's apartment thinking the games he wants to play are Monopoly and Battleship. There's some romantic kissing. One featured character is gay.
The leading lady forcefully pushes a man away from her and follows with a kick to the crotch.
"Bulls--t," "Holy Christ," "damn," "ass," "bitch," "jump your bones" and some bodily references ("testicles," "balls," "butt" and "thingy" referring to a penis).
When 13 Going on 30 opens, 13-year-old Jenna is driven to be popular, and have what she wants at any cost ("I don't want to be original; I want to be cool.") Getting an unexpected look at herself at age 30 shows her that it's far more important to be kind, generous, honest, and true to your own values and talents. And, she begins to understand that by making mistakes, she will learn how to make things right.
Visuals of: Fed Ex, Bloomingdale's, Chanel, "For Dummies" books," Cole Haan, New York City's CBGB Club, shots of Times Square with some businesses identified. Razzles candy plays a role in the story. The games Battleship and Monopoly are mentioned.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Numerous scenes depict social drinking. The 13-year-old in a 30-year-old body has her first experiences with adult beverages, gets slightly tipsy. An underage girl talks about buying beer. Marijuana and a couple of illegal drugs are mentioned briefly.