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Jersey Girl -- Ollie (Affleck) is a smooth and successful big-city publicist who has the life he's always wanted - until things take an unexpected turn and he finds himself and unemployed single father back living with his dad in the suburbs. but just when he thinks his life has hit rock bottom, a sexy, no-nonsense video store clerk (Tyler) enters his life.
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Jersey Girl -- 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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26 March 2004 (USA) See more »
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Forget about who you thought you were, and just accept who you are. See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Betty Aberlin ... Teacher
Matt McFarland ... Boy #1
Sarah Stafford ... Girl #1

Paulie Litt ... Bryan (as Paulie Litowsky)

Christian Fan ... Boy #3
Victor Chavez ... Boy #4
William Mace ... Boy #5

Raquel Castro ... Gertie Trinke

Ben Affleck ... Ollie Trinke

Jennifer Schwalbach Smith ... Susan (as Jennifer Schwalbach)

Jennifer Lopez ... Gertrude Steiney

George Carlin ... Bart Trinke

Stephen Root ... Greenie

Mike Starr ... Block

S. Epatha Merkerson ... Doctor #1

Jason Biggs ... Arthur Brickman
Jada Copeland Goodman ... ER Nurse
Alice Schaerer ... Nurse #1

Brian T. Delaney ... Nurse #2
Carol Florence ... Doctor #2

Matthew Maher ... Delivery Guy (as Matt Maher)

Robert McKay ... Press #1
Ernest O'Donnell ... Press #2 (as Ernie O'Donnell)
Cymande Lewis ... Press #3
Dan Etheridge ... Press #4

Mark Jwayad ... Press #5

Jason Lee ... PR Exec #1

Matt Damon ... PR Exec #2

Liv Tyler ... Maya
Charles Gilbert ... Sweeney Todd
Charles McCloskey ... Sweeney Victim
Matthew Cloran ... Anthony

Tom Cleary ... Comptroller
John Willyung ... Townie
Edward Janda ... Town Clapper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Anthony Bosco ... Party Patron (uncredited)
Louis Centanni ... Talent Show Patron (uncredited)

Meghan Elizabeth ... Town Girl (uncredited)

Keith Moyer ... Video Cameraman at Hard Rock (uncredited)
Anthony Parrulli ... Concerned Parent (uncredited)

Christopher Pickhardt ... Reporter (uncredited)

David C. Roehm Sr. ... Paulboro 'Guy' (uncredited)

Lisa Roumain ... Receptionist (uncredited)

Antonio Saillant ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Charley Scalies ... Townie (uncredited)
Faith Shin ... Twin 2 (uncredited)
Hope Shin ... Twin 1 (uncredited)

Harley Quinn Smith ... Tracy Colelli (uncredited)

Will Smith ... Himself (uncredited)

Ron Suchoplas ... News Reporter / School Audience (uncredited)

Directed by
Kevin Smith 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Kevin Smith (written by)

Produced by
Phil Benson .... associate producer
Jonathan Gordon .... executive producer
Laura Greenlee .... co-producer
Laura Greenlee .... line producer
Scott Mosier .... producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
James L. Venable 
 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Scott Mosier 
Kevin Smith 
 
Casting by
Diane Heery 
Avy Kaufman 
 
Production Design by
Robert Holtzman 
 
Art Direction by
Elise G. Viola  (as Elise Viola)
 
Set Decoration by
Diane Lederman 
 
Costume Design by
Juliet Polcsa 
 
Makeup Department
Pierce Austin .... hair stylist: Mr. Smith
Juanita Bennett .... additional makeup artist
Margot Boccia .... makeup artist: Jennifer Lopez
Roy Bryson .... key hair stylist
Kymbra Callaghan .... makeup artist: Liv Tyler
Ardis Cohen .... assistant hair stylist (as Ardis F. Cohen)
Diane Heller .... additional makeup artist
John E. Jackson .... makeup artist: Ben Affleck (as John Jackson)
Jeannee Josefczyk .... key makeup artist
Sandra Linn Koepper .... additional makeup artist
Kimberly Meyer .... key makeup artist: Los Angeles (as Kim Meyer)
Donna Moyer .... additional makeup artist (as Donna L. Moyer)
Judy Murdock .... makeup artist: Mr. Smith
Peggy Nicholson .... additional hair stylist
Patrina O'Connor .... key hair stylist: Los Angeles (as Patrina O'Conner)
Ken Paves .... hair stylist: Jennifer Lopez
Aaron F. Quarles .... hair stylist: Liv Tyler
Janine Rath .... hairdresser: Ben Affleck (as Janine Rath-Thompson)
 
Production Management
Tracy McGrath .... executive in charge of production
Susan McNamara .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dan Brillman .... second second assistant director
Alyson Latz .... second assistant director
Michael Lerman .... first assistant director
Sophia Lin .... second assistant director: New York
Daniel Lowe .... second second assistant director: second unit
Derrick Tseng .... first assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
Karen Agresti .... set decorator: Los Angeles
Krzysztof J. Bratun .... scenic artist
Tanika D. Brown .... art department support
D. Keith Cleary .... carpenter
Skip Crank .... assistant property master: additional photography
Stacy M. Flowers .... art department support
Edward R. Geller .... construction grip
Jon E. Graf .... construction gang boss
Frank Grasso .... construction grip
Mary E. Gullickson .... additional set decorator
Jessalyn Haefele .... prop support
Alicia Jacobson .... charge scenic
Marion Kolsby .... assistant art director
Lori Marks .... scenic artist
Christopher G. Markunas .... shop craft
Nicole Marsella .... art department assistant
Tim Okamura .... artist: paintings
Jim Orr .... set dresser
Randy L. Parisian .... scenic artist
Buster Pile .... construction coordinator
Sharon Potts .... assistant props
Eric Reichardt .... lead painter: Los Angeles
Matias Rivera .... lead designer: titles
Mark Rodriguez .... set dresser: additional photography
Charles J. Scott .... set dresser
Joseph Siwinski .... lead man
R. Vincent Smith .... property master
Jake Stone .... set dresser
Christine Sysko .... swing gang boss
Sameena Usmani .... art department coordinator
Gregory Van Horn .... art director: Los Angeles
Gary Wattson .... set dresser: New York
Craig Zumbroegel .... propmaker
Hilary Frisch .... intern (uncredited)
Steven C. Voll .... general foreman: re-shoot (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Acord .... apprentice sound editor
Christopher Barrick .... foley editor (as Christopher 'Bear' Barrick)
John Burton .... sound recordist
Travis Crenshaw .... foley recordist
Sean England .... machine room operator
J.R. Grubbs .... sound effects editor
Chris Kellet .... additional sound
George Leong .... boom operator
Brian Magerkurth .... sound re-recordist
Marilyn McCoppen .... adr editor
Frank 'Pepe' Merel .... foley mixer
Richard Murphy .... utility operator
Tom Myers .... supervising sound editor
Tom Myers .... supervising sound mixer
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Jonathan Null .... dialog editor
Juan Peralta .... sound mix technician
Joe Privitelli .... ProTools engineer
Gary Rizzo .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary A. Rizzo)
Daniel Sperry .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Erich Stratmann .... co-supervising sound editor
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Glen Trew .... production sound mixer
Jana Vance .... foley artist
 
Visual Effects by
Francisco Chaigneau .... digital effects artist
Renee Dunlop .... lighting technical director
Ahdee Goldberg .... digital effects producer
Stephen Sloan .... digital effects artist
 
Stunts
Sandy Alexander .... stunts
Roy Farfel .... stunt coordinator
Tom McComas .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tracy Bennett .... still photographer: Los Angeles
Corwin A. Bibb .... electrician: Los Angeles (as Corwin 'Cory' Bibb)
Chris Bower .... lamp operator (as Christopher Bower)
Michael W. Brennan .... genny operator
Bobby Brown .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles (as Robert N. Brown)
Katherine M. Butler .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Kate Butler)
Brian Carmichael .... additional video assist
Brian Carmichael .... video playback
Christopher A. Cash .... electrician: Los Angeles
Mark Catania .... grip (as Mark Elliot Catania)
Michael Chambliss .... hot head technician
Alisa M. Colley .... second assistant camera: second unit (as Alisa Colley)
Andrew Reed Conner .... best boy: Philadelphia (as Andrew Conner)
Tim Davies .... grip (as Timothy Davies)
Glenn Davis .... lamp operator
Dick Deats .... key grip (as Richard W. Deats)
Jerry C. Deats .... grip: Los Angeles
Sean Devine .... dolly grip
Thomas Devine .... rigging electrician (as Thomas F. Devine)
Doug Dole .... grip: Los Angeles (as Douglas Dole)
Richie Ford .... gaffer: New York/New Jersey
Joseph Grimaldi .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Joe Grimaldi)
William J. Hamilton Jr. .... rigging grip (as William J. 'Weezr' Hamilton Jr.)
Jennifer Ann Henry .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles
David Irwin .... electrician: Los Angeles
Robert Jason .... gaffer: Los Angeles
Gregory F. Johnson .... grip
Jeffrey A. Johnson .... best boy grip (as Jeffrey Johnson)
Stan Keitt .... first assistant camera: second unit
Michael Kleiman .... camera loader
Jeremy Knaster .... best boy lighting: New York/New Jersey
Gábor Kövér .... director of photography: second unit (as Gabor Kover)
Jordan Lapsansky .... best boy lighting: Los Angeles
Demetrius Lewis .... rigging electrician
Craig Ligget .... rigging gaffer
Mitchell Andrew Lillian .... key grip: New York/New Jersey (as Mitchell Lillian)
Rob Mabin .... rigging best boy electric
Vincent Mata .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles
Ken McCallum .... grip
Tom McCarthy .... rigging electrician
Michael A. McFadden .... best boy grip: New York/New Jersey
Christopher Murphy .... production video assist
Francine Natale .... genny operator
Neal Norton .... camera operator
Bill O'Leary .... chief lighting technician (as William O'Leary)
Louis Petraglia .... best boy lighting: New York/New Jersey
Kyle Rudolph .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Kyle C. Rudolph)
Darren Ryan .... 24 frame video operator
Leon Sanginiti .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Dennis Seawright .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Jonathan P. Sibert .... key rigging grip
Michael M. Silver .... rigging electric (as Michael Silver)
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
Chris Squires .... Steadicam operator: Los Angeles
Laura Mae Sutherland-Bobick .... camera loader: Los Angeles (as Laura Mae Bobick)
Jeffrey Thorin .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles (as Jeffrey S. Thorin)
Dan Turek .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Daniel Turek)
Joseph D. Urbanczyk .... camera operator: "b" camera
Bob Van Heek .... rigging grip (as Bob A. Van Heek)
Michael Wacks .... lamp operator
Doug Wall .... grip: Los Angeles (as Douglas L. Wall)
Jarvis B. Wilsher .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Scott Baldyga .... casting assistant
Jessica Daniels .... casting assistant
Elizabeth Greenberg .... casting associate
Mike Lemon .... extras casting
Mike Lemon .... local casting
Maribeth Rubenstein .... extras casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy Andrews .... key costumer
Teresa Binder .... key costumer (as Teresa Binder-Westby)
Eden Daniels .... costumer
Mitzi Haralson .... costumer: Jennifer Lopez
Cheryl Kilbourne-Kimpton .... costume supervisor
Penelope Laughman .... additional costumer (as Penelope L. Laughman)
Meg Matthews .... costumer: Ben Affleck
Kara Morasco .... seamstress
Kathie Pierson .... additional costumer
Frankie Ritacco .... assistant costume designer (as Francine Ritacco Sirianni)
Kevin Ritter .... additional costumer (as Kevin M. Ritter)
 
Editorial Department
Francisco Bello .... post-production assistant
Steve Calalang .... dailies colorist
Glenn Cowan .... assistant editor
Joey Figueroa .... post-production assistant
Terry Haggar .... color timer
Vivian Hengsteler .... negative cutter
Zak Knutson .... post-production coordinator (as Zachary C. Knutson)
Olof Källström .... first assistant editor (as Olof Kallstrom)
Denise Marquez .... assistant editor
Tim Sternberg .... assistant editor
Andrea Wertheim .... post-production executive
 
Music Department
Bill Abbott .... music editor
Matt McKenna .... musician
Joe Rangel .... source music coordinator
Jennifer Kes Remington .... music pre-mix
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer
Randy Spendlove .... executive in charge of music
Erich Stratmann .... music editor
Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
David Conelli .... camera car driver
Richard A. Davis .... driver: Ben Affleck
Michael Dawes .... driver
William McCleery .... van driver
Derek Raser .... transportation coordinator: Los Angeles
 
Other crew
Mikayla Abromowitz .... script supervisor
Sheila Allen .... production accountant
Charles E. Alston .... assistant: Mr. Smith, Los Angeles (as Charles Alston)
Sunny Antrim .... production assistant
Carol Banker .... script supervisor
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances
Nicholas R. Bell .... production assistant: New York
Andre Blair .... stand-in
Barbara Branch .... first assistant accountant
Chay Carter .... assistant: Ben Affleck
Andrew Cinquino .... production assistant
Rashad Clinton .... production assistant
Kyle Cookmeyer .... production assistant
Anthony DeFrancesco .... production assistant
Anna Dobkin .... assistant production coordinator
Josh Dorn .... production assistant
Tim Downs .... location manager
Robb Earnest .... production coordinator: additional photography
Donald Erfert .... assistant: Scott Mosier
Mark Esposito .... production supporter
Lindsay Feldman .... office production assistant
Megan Fenerty .... production office coordinator
Julie Funderburk .... stand-in
Matthew Gordon .... production assistant
Julie Hansen .... post production accountant
Steven Holtzman .... assistant accountant
Jesse Hove .... location assistant: New York
Robert 'B.O.B.' Izzard .... security: Jennifer Lopez
Judith Jennings .... studio teacher
Mark Jwayad .... assistant: Scott Mosier
Christopher Kahn .... first assistant accountant: Los Angeles
Kathleen Kelly .... key medic
Sandra Lee .... product placement & marketing (as Sandra Gabrych)
Cara Leibovitz .... unit publicist
H. Skye Leslie .... assistant production coordinator
Ian MacGregor .... location manager: New Jersey/New York
Michael Mallick .... production supporter
Darren Maynard .... production assistant
Ralph B. Meyer .... location manager
Joey Naber .... adr voice
Stuart Nicolai .... assistant location manager: New York
Kenyon Noble .... production assistant
Taylor Norton .... production assistant
Jason Pinardo .... assistant location manager
Sharon Pinkenson .... film commissioner
Kate Chase Pitzarella .... location assistant (as Kate Chase)
Thomas R. Polleri .... location scout
Molly Proctor .... payroll accountant
Tiana Rios .... assistant: Jennifer Lopez
Eric Ian Robinson .... assistant: Harvey Weinstein
Jon Rocks .... production assistant
Ahmed Saker .... key set medic
Brian Scheeler .... production office intern
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances
Oren Sol .... production assistant
Gail Stanley .... assistant: Kevin Smith
Millie Taylor .... production assistant
Antony Teofilo .... on-set interviews
Chere Theriot .... production secretary
Eliza Vitale .... stand-in (as Eliza Rose Vitale)
Trisha Ward .... assistant: Liv Tyler
Trisha Ward .... talent liaison
Anne Wilson .... location accountant
Dave Zarenkiewicz .... production assistant
Lavinia Zetina .... first assistant accountant: re-shoots
Kathy Castro .... child acting coach (uncredited)
 

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for language and sexual content including frank dialogue (re-rating on appeal)
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102 min
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Trivia:
While generally not considered part of Kevin Smith's so-called "Askewniverse" series, the film does have one potential tie-in character/actor: Betty Aberlin portrays an unnamed nun in both this film and Dogma (1999), her role being substantially larger in this film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Gertie is in bed, she is holding her mother's photo upright. In the next shot the picture is flat on her chest.See more »
Quotes:
[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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References Night of the Living Dead (1990)See more »
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Worlds They Rise and FallSee more »

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Personal review from a fan of Kevin Smith movies, 18 April 2004
Author: RangeR BoB



Ugh.

What a lame ass movie.

I knew Kevin Smith was going to depart from the format and characters made famous in the 5 movies of his "Jersey Trilogy". No biggie. It was fine to introduce a whole new set of characters, who have no connection to the old movies, and to jump in time (from the late 80s/early 90s of the Jersey Trilogy, to the mid 90s at the beginning of JG and then present day at the end).

Mr Smith brought in his usual cast of characters (to include his wife, movie #2 for her) to appear mugging for the cameras for scenes.

His choice of Ben Affleck makes sense in a View Askewniverse, since for some cosmic reason "Good Will Hunting" would not have been made if not for Ben being in Mallrats. He is also a big, bankable star with name recognition. He is also one of the worst "A list" (or any list for that matter) actors out there perpetrating a fraud on the American movie-going public. One step above Keanu, only because he has no obvious verbal affectation. He acts like he was carved out of a block of gypsum board, and has only successfully managed to play himself (cast as a bad actor) in any movie he has played in. How many lame versions of himself can we be subjected to?

J-Lo was only in the film for 10 minutes, and that is OK. She has acting ability, and I have no objection to her roles in "Out Of Sight" opposite George Clooney, she made a believable "Selena" and she was OK in "Money Train", for what that turkey was worth. Here her role was largely one dimensional, and she wasn't on screen long enough for us to develop any connection or feeling (good or bad) for her character.

The story has a basic element that has been tread many times before: Boy meets girl, gets married, has a baby. This time the "twist" is supposed to be that girl dies, and man is left holding the baby. This premise (which is squarely in the center of one of my personal greatest fears) could have been handled with grace, wit and good writing. It is instead treated to none of these things. What could be sensitive moments leavened with sharp repartee in the dialog instead becomes morose, maudlin and moribund. The plot turns were predictable, and not very believable. The pacing was slow, and reduced the watcher's attention span.

There was no consistent comedic tone. There were definitely funny moments, but the jokes (which often were raucously funny as standalone jokes) were spaced unevenly throughout the film. Smith also has a tendency to believe that child nudity is somehow endearing. I am not sure I want a film so realistic as to see a 7 year old pull down her panties no less than twice in a film.

Smith atempts 4 major plotlines (He raises the baby alone, he laments his tanked career, his reuniting with his dad, and his resistance to falling in love again) in a swirling pastiche that does justice to none of them. Any one of these lines when competently handled would make a watchable movie, but I was so unimpressed with EACH of them that the whole movie fell apart like a house of cards.

Smith is known for his sharp insight, acerbic wit, and snappy dialog. This film has none of those characteristics. Combine this with lousy acting and no real scenery (is any part of run down Jersey/NYC suburbia really scenic?) and the film is practically unwatchable.

I believe his own marriage and the birth to his child have made Mr. Smith soft in the head and unable to focus any degree of intellect on the matters at hand. His attempts to make a serious, sensitive film on the effects of raising children have just led to a boring and useless movie. In short, Kevin Smith has become Robert Rodriguez, and Hollywood has taken away any soul his movies have had and replaced them with big name talent (which flatly is not talented) and he now has free reign over a big budget to replace grainy hand held film with schlock.

It was a paycheck.

Anything Mr. Smith tried to say in this film got lost in the considerable noise as the film groaned under its own weight.

This film will assuredly NOT be added to my collection, an obvious blemish on anotherwise fine career.

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