Sometimes my movie reviews have spoilers, I don’t believe there are any in this one but if you haven’t watched it, keep in mind in case I did, I always try my best not to include any.

Summery: After his parents’ divorce, Evan Goldman moves from NYC to small-town Indiana. As his 13th birthday nears, he must master the complex social circles of his new school and win friends by turning his Bar Mitzvah into the coolest party ever.

Title: 13: The Musical

Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

Cast: Eli Golden, Debra Messing, Rhea Pearlman, Gabrielle Uhl, JD McCrary, Frankie McNellis, Lindsey Blackwell, Josh Peck, Peter Herman, Jonathan Lengel, Kayleigh Cerezo, Luke Islam, Nolan Dubuc, RamonReed, Khiyla Aynne, Liam Wignall and Shechinah Mpumlwana.

Director: Tamra Davis

Writers: Robert Horn, Jason Robert Brown and Dan Elish


It’s been forever since I saw the original show I only saw it once and I honestly don’t remember it, so comparing the two isn’t really an option for me. If you’ve seen both you might be able to compare them. Let me know how closely it follows the stage production, I’d love to know opinions of people that love the original and have see this movie adaptation.

The movie is cute, it wasn’t perfect and it didn’t hold my attention fully, but it was cute. It captures a very simple view of young adolescence and growing up during the awkward early teen age years. The early dating and learning to find their way in the world but not quite being able to figure it all out yet.

The songs were alright but again didn’t capture my attention very well, I remembered bits of a few of them but not overly. The singing wasn’t the best by a lot of the cast but I suppose it works well as they are just supposed to be normal kids so having the best and trained voices isn’t an essential. So though it would have all sounded better with better voices, they work for the characters.

The movie is good as you’d expect it to go really, it doesn’t throw any surprises and you can easily predict where it will all end up. The acting is alright and were cast okay for the characters. If you’re a musical theatre fan or a fan of 13 original stage production I do suggest you give it a watch for yourself, it is a good movie, just a little slow in places.


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