NEW YORK – "13 Going on 30," "Hidalgo" and "The Princess Diaries" are new on DVD in today's Foxlight.
It was a surprise hit, made Jennifer Garner a big-screen star and completely charmed the cynical folks here at "The Foxlight." It's the age-old age-switching comedy "13 Going on 30." (search)
The Atlanta Journal Constitution says: "Garner gracefully graduates to movie stardom." Roger Ebert says she's charming, but the movie is charmless. It got me, and new on DVD this week it may get to you too. It's above average, and I liked the twist at the end.
Next, Viggo Mortensen is fine in an ensemble with rings and magic and Froddos and Lords and yadda yadda yadda, but as the star of his own action adventure? "Hidalgo" (search) easily has the worst title so far this year. It sounds like a Korean car. The incredible Omar Sharif must have needed to pay off some old Baccarat chits. Boston Globe says the whole thing needs more horsepower.
Finally, you go girls -- this one's for you. Anne Hathaway gets schooling from Mary Poppins in "The Princess Diaries." (search) The big hit directed by "Pretty Woman" guy Garry Marshall is literally a dream come true for a 15-year old who has to choose between soccer practice and ruling a monarchy. How good is she at soccer?