Jennifer Garner’s New Netflix Movie ‘Family Switch’ Shares a Surprising Connection to ‘13 Going on 30’

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Netflix just released first-look photos from its upcoming comedy film, Family Switch, which is set to star the one and only Jennifer Garner. And the new movie (debuting this fall) will have fans of the beloved classic 13 Going on 30 feeling déjà vu.

Yesterday, the streaming service shared not one, but two never-before-seen photos from the family comedy across all of their social media channels. In case you didn’t know, Family Switch follows a married couple named Jess (Garner) and Bill Walker (Ed Helms), who wake up and find themselves stuck inside their children’s bodies.

Much like Tess and Anna Coleman in Freaky Friday, Garner’s character becomes trapped inside the body of her teenage daughter, CC (played by Emma Myers).

And if you’re thinking, “Wow, this sounds similar to 13 Going on 30,” then you’re not the only one. The 2004 classic film follows a teenage girl named Jenna Rink (Christa B. Allen), who is tired of her high school life and wishes to be older. One day, she wakes up as a 30-year-old (Garner) and struggles to navigate adulthood.

While chatting with Entertainment Weekly, the Family Switch director McG revealed the movie will definitely have some not-so-subtle nods to the rom-com. “We overtly mention 13 Going on 30,” he shared with the publication.

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“There’s a meta sort of runner in the movie because I like showing the audience that kind of respect. We get it, we get it.” The director also teases there is going to be a new generation of ‘Six Chicks’ in the Netflix film, referencing the group of girls that bullied Rink in 13 Going on 30.

Alongside Garner and Allen, 13 Going on 30 featured a talented ensemble cast that included names like Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Brie Larson, Ashley Benson and more.

Make sure to mark your calendar: Family Switch hits Netflix on November 30.

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