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Jersey Girl (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  26 March 2004 (USA)
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After his career is sidelined by an unexpected tragedy and a personal blowup, a single man must take care of his precocious daughter.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt McFarland ...
Boy #1
Sarah Stafford ...
Girl #1
Bryan (as Paulie Litowsky)
Boy #3
Victor Chavez ...
Boy #4
William Mace ...
Boy #5
Susan (as Jennifer Schwalbach)
Doctor #1


Ollie Trinkie is a publicist, who has a great girlfriend, Gertrude, whom he marries and they are expecting a baby but while he is looking forward to being a father, he doesn't lighten his workload. Gertrude gives birth but dies in the process. Ollie doesn't live up to his responsibilities as a father. Eventually the strain and pressure of losing his wife and being a father gets to him and he has breakdown, which leads to his termination. So with nothing much to do he tries to be good father to his daughter, Gertie. He also meets a young woman name Maya, who likes him but he is still not over his wife. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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He wanted it all...but he got more than he bargained for. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for language and sexual content including frank dialogue | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 March 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fatherhood Project  »

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,319,171 (USA) (26 March 2004)


$402,997 (South Africa) (12 November 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the script was first written it was a number from "Cats" that Gertie was to perform at her school play, but the show closed before filming started. It was replaced with a number from "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street". See more »


The neck on Will Smith's turtle neck when Ollie is talking to him at the office. See more »


[first lines]
Teacher: Everyone, please take your seats. You heard the bell. You know what it means. Last week, the assignment was to write an essay about your family. Who they...
Teacher: [class: "Are!"] And what they...
Teacher: [class: "Mean to us!"] Excellent droning.
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Crazy Credits

Before the end credits, a dedication appears to Kevin Smith's father, who died before the film was released. See more »


References Mask (1985) See more »


My City of Ruins
Written and Performed by Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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User Reviews

Very Sweet Movie
26 September 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In New York, the young executive Oliver "Ollie" Trinke (Ben Affleck) is a successful PR of the music industry. He meets and falls in love for Gertrude Steiney (Jennifer Lopez), who soon gets pregnant. However, she dies in the childbirth and Ollie decides to return to his father's home in New Jersey. Pressed by the situation of lonely father, the workaholic Ollie blows-up in an important press conference and makes a fatal statement, losing his job and becoming blacklisted in his publicist career. He promises to be the "best father in the world" to the young Gertie, and stays single, grieving his beloved wife, without dating any woman for seven years and trying to retrieve a position of public relation. One day, he meets the rental clerk Maya (Liv Tyler), they become friends and she helps him to supersede his past life.

"Jersey Girl" is a very sweet movie about family, and honestly I could never expect such sensitive story from Kevin Smith. I like his work a lot, and I have all his movies in my collection. "Clerks" and "Chasing Amy" are amazing, and I must confess that I was tired of "Jay and Silent Bob". The shift in his career could not be better. The story is great and very well balanced with drama, comedy and romance. Liv Tyler is fantastic, showing a great chemistry with Ben Affleck. George Carlin is great, without being corny, in the role of Bart Trinke. But the girl Raquel Castro is stunning: very bright and smart, she steals all the scenes and seems to be a future star. I really loved this movie. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Menina dos Olhos" ("Apple of the Eyes" – meaning something very dear")

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