Missy Schwartz
May 07, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Why ”13 Going on 30”’s soundtrack is out of sync

Not to quibble over realism in a flick that involves aging 17 years overnight, but what’s up with the anachronistic musical tastes of 13 Going on 30’s young Jenna Rink (Christa B. Allen)? Playing a 1987 teen, she fawns over early-’80s hunk Rick Springfield, not year-appropriate Jon Bon Jovi, and is obsessed with the 1982 Michael Jackson hit ”Thriller.” ”We wanted to get iconic ’80s music,” says director Gary Winick of the time-traveling soundtrack. ”’Thriller’ speaks for itself. When we tried to think of who would be the heartthrob for [Jenna], Rick won.” As for the film’s other too-retro tunes, like the Go-Go’s ”Head Over Heels” (1984) and Pat Benatar’s 1983 single ”Love Is a Battlefield,” Winick laughs. ”You caught us. What can I say?”

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