13 Going on 30

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The Movie: 13 Going on 30

Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max

The Pitch: It’s 1987 and Jenna Rink is 13, suffocated by her dorky parents and ignored by the hip kids in school. When her birthday party turns out to be a disaster, Jenna makes a wish: If only she could be grown up, she’d have the life she’s always wanted. The next day, when Jenna emerges from the closet, it’s 2004. She’s a gorgeous, successful 30-year-old (Jennifer Garner) with a great job and a fabulous apartment. Bewildered, Jenna gradually takes to her new life, but soon realizes something’s missing; her former best friend from next door, Matt. When she looks him up, she’s horrified to discover that she and Matt (Mark Ruffalo) are no longer in contact and he’s engaged to be married. Jenna learns that having it all is not enough and now her biggest wish is that it’s not too late to fall in love with the boy next door.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: 13 Going on 30 is most easily described as the gender-swapped version of Big. It’s a simple premise, but this spin takes the concept of a child stuck in a grown up body in a much different direction by leaning into the romantic comedy angle hard. Because of this, it can seem like the movie doesn’t quite measure up to Big. But thanks to the charisma and enthusiasm of Jennifer Garner, the charm of Mark Ruffalo, and a simple but handy lesson, I think 13 Going on 30 succeeds in places where Big fails. Read More »

Joker Cinematography Explained

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, learn about the creative decisions behind the cinematography for the box office sensation Joker. Plus, watch as visual effects artists react to Lawnmower Man, Godzilla (1998), Children of Men, and others. And finally, listen as Avengers: Endgame and Dark Waters star Mark Ruffalo breaks down the most memorable characters from his career. Read More »

Moana

Now that the weather is getting hotter, there will be some days when the air-conditioned comfort of your own home will be infinitely better than roasting on the beach. Thankfully, Netflix has us covered with a batch of new movies, TV shows and comedy specials to provide a wide variety of entertainment.

Coming up on Netflix is a new season of Orange is the New Black, the latest season of Agents of SHIELD, the fifth season of Arrow, the new Netflix original series GLOW, and a second season of Flaked. Plus, there are a slew of new movies coming to the streaming service.

Below, we’ve compiled the list of TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in June 2017, starting with our personal recommendations.  Read More »

Our Favorite Comedies…That Also Make Us Cry

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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition asks “Which comedy also makes you cry a whole bunch?”As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team, along with some special guests. This week, we are joined by The Sick co-writer/star Kumail Nanjiani and co-writer Emily V. Gordon.

If there’s a comedy that makes your living room a little dusty whenever you watch it, send your thoughts to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our favorite weepy comedies below!

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