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Jersey Girl (2004)

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

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Matt McFarland ...
Boy #1
Sarah Stafford ...
Girl #1
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Bryan (as Paulie Litowsky)
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Boy #3
Victor Chavez ...
Boy #4
William Mace ...
Boy #5
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Susan (as Jennifer Schwalbach)
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Greenie
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Block
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Doctor #1
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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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,319,171 (USA) (28 March 2004)

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$25,266,129 (USA) (27 June 2004)
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Matt Damon has a cameo on the film. See more »

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While Ollie stands by baby Gertie's crib, the baby is alternately sleeping/awake between shots. See more »

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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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The opening production company title features a CGI rended Jay and Silent Bob, recurring characters from the five previous ViewAskew films. Jersey Girl was the first ViewAskew movie to use the new title. See more »

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References The Godfather: Part III (1990) See more »

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That's How I Knew This Story Would Break My Heart
Written and Performed by Aimee Mann
Courtesy of Superego Records
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Mr. Smith Goes Hollywood
10 April 2004 | by (Planet Earth) – See all my reviews

The most surprising thing about "Jersey Girl" is that Kevin Smith chose to tell this story is such an absolutely clichéd, conventional style.

This is the same guy who made "Clerks" and "Chasing Amy?" Let's see, we get the slow clap scene, the race against time and the fast-paced big city life vs. the idyll of a small town. And, lest we forget, the learning-the-real-meaning-of-life-from-a-stranger moment.

George Carlin actually delivers a rather low key and amusing performance. He's probably the best thing in this film. Liv Tyler is wasted and Ben Affleck - I kept thinking what someone with real talent would do with such a role. Affleck's too busy being Affleck; you're always keenly aware you're watching Ben Affleck on screen.

There are a few moments that hint of Smith's abilities - the diner scene between Affleck and Tyler is written well. Smith has always been a better writer than director and, in this scene, the writing's sharp, the characters are fun and there's a nice energy to the whole sequence. But the rest of the film is just one predictable moment piled atop another.

There are no surprises here. A huge disappointment from Mr. Smith. I expected better. Much better.


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