By Chris Dugopolski
This movie is one cliché after another and full of one-dimensional characters. I was really looking forward to seeing this because I thought the premise was full of promise, but it did NOT deliver. About half-way through I kept thinking “when is this ever going to end.” When Jordan Sanders was a 13-year-old in middle school, she was a nerd and got bullied by the other kids. She grew up and is now 38 years old and the CEO of a tech company. It is never quite clear in this movie what the tech company actually does. Jordan is also very attractive and an even worse bully than her middle school nemesis. The 38-year-old Jordan is played by Regina Hall, the 13-year-old version is played by Marsai Martin. One day, after Jordan is behaving badly, she comes across a little girl who thinks she is a magician and places a spell on Jordan wishing her to be little. The next morning, Jordan wakes up looking like her 13-year-old self. This causes some very predictable problems and she enlists the help of her administrative assistant, April, played by Isa Rae. One of their first encounters is with a social worker from child protective services, played by Rachel Dratch (an SNL alum) who insists that Jordan enroll in school or she will be sent to foster care. The next scene is the school enrollment where they meet Jordan’s new teacher played by Justin Hartley. This is the most refreshing part of the whole movie, and I have seen Mr. Hartley promoting the movie on some of the talk shows. This is misleading as he is only in two short scenes. A current SNL player, Mikey Day, plays the most important client of Jordan’s tech company who is threatening to leave for another company if her company cannot come up with a fantastic idea in the next 48 hours. This is very difficult for the 13-year-old Jordan to navigate along with being in middle school again. The plot hangs together by a series of skits that don’t really rise to the level of funny.