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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the videotapes seen at the video store is Stealing Beauty (1996), which stars Liv Tyler (Maya Harding). See more »


When going back from school in the Batmobile, the equipment is reflected in a window of one of the passed houses. 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

Jay says "Nooch." during the View Askew logo that plays at the end of the credits. See more »


References Office Space (1999) See more »


Lets Stay Together
Written by Al Green, Al Jackson Jr., Willie Mitchell
Performed by Al Green
Courtesy of Hi Records under license from EMI Film and Television Music
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User Reviews

A new direction for Smith.
29 March 2004 | by (SC, USA) – See all my reviews

Overall this was a good, heartwarming and funny film from Kevin Smith, much different than his previous Jersey flicks. In typical Smith fashion, Affleck stars with cameos by Jason Lee and Matt Damon, and when Affleck's daughter wants to do a musical for her school talent show, she doesn't choose something sweet and simple, but a song from Sweeney Todd.

There are some cliched moments, such as Affleck being torn between a job interview and going to his daughter's talent show, and of course choosing the talent show and staying in NJ, but this was a pretty good film. Don't expect Jason Mewes and his homously foul mouth to be popping up anywhere, just expect to be pleased with Smith's ability to embrace the mainstream while playing fast and loose with the rules.

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