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Jersey Girl (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 26 March 2004 (USA)
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A widower must look after his precocious daughter and rebuild his life and career after he's sidelined by an unexpected tragedy and a personal blowup.

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Kevin Smith

Writer:

Kevin Smith
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Aberlin ... Teacher
Matt McFarland Matt McFarland ... Boy #1
Sarah Stafford Sarah Stafford ... Girl #1
Paulie Litt ... Bryan (as Paulie Litowsky)
Christian Fan ... Boy #3
Victor Chavez Victor Chavez ... Boy #4
William Mace 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
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Oliver Trinke has always tried to put his Highlands, New Jersey past behind him, but it's been difficult for the past six years. He was a successful New York City music publicist, but after his wife Gertrude died immediately after delivering their daughter Gertie. unprepared Ollie became persona non grata in the entertainment publicity industry through a single incident largely putting his desire for professional success over his responsibilities as a father, and he returned to Highlands and he and Gertie moved in with his own father, Bart, until he could get back on his feet. That meant working side-by-side with Bart in the Borough of Highlands works crew, a job he still has. He also still has the desire to get back to a New York City life and a high-powered job as an entertainment publicist, despite learning to be a responsible, loving father to Gertie, who has only known Highlands life and likes everything about it, including her daddy and Bart, her "Pop." As Ollie tries to realize... Written by Huggo

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

Genres:

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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Trivia

Following the failure of Gigli (2003), Miramax removed all images of Jennifer Lopez from all promotional spots, out of fear that people would think it was another Ben Affleck-Jennifer Lopez vehicle. The release date for Jersey Girl (2004) was pushed back from autumn 2003 to early 2004 and the studio also attempted to play down the presence of Lopez's character, Gertrude, in the movie, which included a public revelation about her character's fate. See more »

Goofs

The scene from the Sweeney Todd play shown occurs so late in the play, Sweeney would have already murdered several people. So Ollie should not have been surprised. 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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Crazy Credits

THE DIRECTOR WOULD LIKE TO THANK: God - Who still seems to be a fan of mine. And vice versa. Jenny - The proof that God's still a fan. I love you so, so much, my muse. Scott - Love you too. You're the James Brown of film, dude. Mom - Thanks for raising me right. Harley - The original Jersey Girl. Gail and Byron - The Glue. Philbert - aka Mosier Junior. Laura - She who makes it all happen. Lehrman - An A.D. so good, he was practically the D. Vilmos - The master of light. Ben - You were flat out brilliant. George - Funny, smart, and a great actor. It's just not fair. Liv - My new favorite actress. You elevated Maya. Raquel - Kid, you're a star. Jen - Who inspired Ben to greatness and while being great herself. Root and Starr - The mid-life Jay and Silent Bob. Biggs - You've now lived down the Pie. Betty - The best teacher the kids could have. Will - I love you all the way to the moon and back down to the dirt. The Crew - The true filmmakers. Carol - For riding shotgun. Sue - For grace under pressure. Charlie - For our third act show-stopper. Jon G. - Officially Miramax, unofficially View Askew. You're the fourth Beatle, dude. Harvey - For an excellent suggestion. Phil - My deal-maker and friend. Sloss - The legal eagle. Pierson - Who keeps me honest. Mas - For support from day one. Sondheim - For "Sweeney" in both our movie and real life. The Boss - For lending us his art. Twice. Stevie, Aimee, Ben, and Pete - For flick-defining tunes. Joey, Zack, and Donald - For lots of Crystal Light, Baja Fresh chicken, and smoke runs. Carol - Who keeps me rolling in dough. Ming - The Architect. Chappy - My merch partner in crime. The City of Philadelphia - For being great hosts. The Town of Paulsboro - For the locations and the street. The Town of Highlands - For giving a fat kid a nice place to grow up. And the Tabloids - For nothing. When in Red Bank, New Jersey, visit Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash. When in Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, Red Bank, New Jersey, purchase a ton of quality merchandise manufactured by Graphitti Designs. See more »

Alternate Versions

Kevin Smith has a three-hour "director's cut" version that has screened in Los Angeles and in New Jersey at his Vulgarthon all-day film events. Smith says he will release the longer version on DVD for the film's eventual tenth anniversary. See more »

Connections

References Candyman (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Let My Love Open The Door (E.Cola Mix)
Written and Performed by Pete Townshend
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
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This is a good movie.
2 March 2017 | by keheald-61023See all my reviews

Jersey Girl I think is an average movie. Definitely not one of my favorites, but at the same time not the worst movie I've ever seen. The plot of the movie is well thought out and is a good idea for a movie. Ben Affleck who plays Ollie Trinke is a Manhattan music publicist. He later meets the girl of his dreams and she becomes pregnant. However, his life completely changes when she dies while giving birth. He moves back in with his father in New Jersey to raise his daughter, Gertie, by himself. This movie has emotion and drama, but also comedy at the same time. This film is heartwarming because of the way Ollie Trinke steps up to be the best dad he can be. He really ends up caring for his daughter after getting thrown a curve ball of becoming a single dad. This would be a great family movie.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 2004 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,300,000, 28 March 2004

Gross USA:

$25,268,157

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,492,921
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2.39 : 1
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