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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 from 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Forget about who you thought you were, and just accept who you are. 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  »

Filming Locations:


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?


Scenes were filmed at The New Berlin Diner in Berlin New Jersey. Thousands flocked to catch a glimpse of stars. There is still (as of 3/07) a display of photographs on the wall. See more »


When Ollie Trinke exits the Holland Tunnel circa 1995, three American flags are suspended over the tunnel entrance. These flags were not put up until after 11 September 2001. 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 Showtime (2002) See more »


Written by Stephen Sondheim
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User Reviews

I left this on the shelf far too long
27 October 2004 | by (Coventry, England) – See all my reviews

So after reading many a disconsolate review from Kevin Smith fans I decided to purchase the DVD anyway. Yet all the negative comments had left their toll on me and the DVD stayed on the shelf in its shrink wrapper for FAR TOO LONG. You motor heads! Yes this movie is sweet and yes it's sometimes even sickly but it's endearing and moving. Ben Athleck switches in and out of competence a few too many times to make his performance IMO a completely solid one but frankly he does a good job of holding all the disparate threads of the movie together.

If you want to live in 1994 dick & fart jokes then simply put Clerks in the DVD player and play it again! However each of Kevin's films go someway in their own right into the exploration of inter-personal relationships and the impact of consequence in our daily lives. Jersey Girl is no different in this respect than Clerks.

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