New York Film Locations

13 Going on 30 Revisit

9 November 2016

The delightful comedy “13 Going on 30” was one of the very first films to be featured on otsoNY, and as the website celebrates 7 years online this week, the 2004 film which starred Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo has been selected to be revisited this month with additional film locations added and all screen grabs replaced with sharper images.

It seems unlikely now, but “13 Going on 30” was only a moderate hit with both critics and moviegoers when it was released twelve years ago. The movie earned $57 million domestically at the box office and featured a very young Brie Larson at the start of her movie career. Other famous faces included Judy Greer, Kathy Baker, Jim Gaffigan and Andy Serkis, who has since appeared in some of the biggest blockbusters of all-time. Serkis is best known for his motion-capture and voice work in “King Kong”, “The Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, “The Adventures of Tintin”, and of course, as Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” saga and “The Hobbit”.

Mark Ruffalo was hesitant to perform the iconic dance moves from Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video. The impromptu dance-along at the Poise party was one of the most memorable moments in “13 Going on 30”, though Ruffalo wanted no part of it. In an interview with the actor confessed that the dancing was horrible, and that he almost didn’t want to do this movie. After hours of rehearsals, Ruffalo reluctantly agreed and the scene was shot with a room full of extras.

Michael Jackson's “Thriller” wasn’t the only chart-topper to appear in the nostalgia-heavy movie. Among other “13 Going on 30” tunes that hit No.1 on a Singles Chart included Rick Springfield's “Jessie's Girl”, Whitney Houston's “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, Vanilla Ice's “Ice Ice Baby”, Madonna's “Crazy For You”, and Pat Benatar's “Love is a Battlefield”. "13 Going on 30" features some of New York’s famous destinations like Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the New York Public Library.

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner is an American actress and film producer. Her breakthrough film debut was in the comedy “Dude, Where's My Car” from 2000. Following a supporting role in “Pearl Harbor”, Garner gained recognition for her performance as CIA officer Sydney Bristow in the ABC spy-action thriller “Alias”, which aired from 2001 to 2006. For her work on the series, she won a Golden Globe Award and a SAG Award, and received four Emmy Award nominations.

Jennifer Garner as Elektra Natchios

After the initial success of Alias, Garner made a big screen cameo in the Steven Spielberg film “Catch Me if You Can” in 2002; Spielberg had seen her on the show and wanted her to play that small role. Her breakout film role came when she played Ben Affleck's love interest as Elektra Natchios in the action movie “Daredevil”, an adaptation of the comic book. Garner stated that her training for “Daredevil” was more gruelling than her work on “Alias”, and revealed that as she got hung up on wires several times during fight sequences. Her second lead role saw her reprising the character of Elektra in the 2005 Daredevil spin-off titled “Elektra”, a box office disaster that was panned by critics, much like her appearance in “Arthur” the remake of the 1981 film.

Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow in Alias TV Show

Other films were to follow with the leading performance in the romantic comedy “13 Going on 30”, the comedy-drama “Juno”, and the fantasy romantic comedy “The Invention of Lying”. In the 2010s, she appeared in the fantasy comedy-drama film “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”, the biographical drama “Dallas Buyers Club”, the comedy “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”, and the romantic comedy “Valentine's Day”, which also starred Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, and Patrick Dempsey among others. Garner portrayed the girlfriend of Dempsey's character. The film was a commercial success, grossing over $215 million worldwide. More recently, Garner has starred in the 2015 comedy-drama film “Danny Collins” alongside Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Bobby Cannavale and Christopher Plummer.

Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow in Alias TV Show


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