This is one of those movies that serve purely as entertainment and not much else. And of course, there is nothing wrong with that, as long as you are not expecting to find innovative ideas or earth shattering developments in the story. I guess my message is, if you are just seeking to spend a couple of hours relaxed and having fun, this is the film for you.
Jenna (Gardner) is a teenager that is going through a crisis similar to the one most kids at her age have to endure; she wants to be cool and belong to the elite group known as "Six Chicks". She thinks that if she was thirty she would not have these problems, so on her thirteenth birthday she wishes to be of that age. Lo and behold, her wish comes true. I am sure this idea sounds familiar to most of you, since it has been used time and again with different variations, like grandfather and grandson or mother and daughter exchanging bodies, a woman waking up in a male body, etc. In this case there is no body swap, but Jenna just wakes up seventeen years later.
Even though at first she is confused, she quickly realizes that she has everything she wished for when she was a kid, but now the question is: Is this really what she was looking for? As you can see, there are not a lot of original ideas, but the creators were successful in introducing special situations that make us laugh almost continuously during the presentation. Also, Jennifer Gardner, who effectively portraits a ruthless agent in the series "Alias", shows that she can also excel on the other extreme, with a sweet and naïve character.
The only question I am not sure I have an answer for yet is: Would I watch this movie again? At this point in time I would say maybe, and I think that means that I would not plan on revisiting it, but if I came across it on cable I would probably stop and watch for a while. In my mind guess this means that it is enjoyable enough.