Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's a lesbian.
Joey Lauren Adams,
Lifelong platonic friends Zack and Miri look to solve their respective cash-flow problems by making an adult film together. As the cameras roll, however, the duo begin to sense that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought.
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
Ben Affleck's character's name comes from the first name of the popular DC superhero, Oliver "Ollie" Queen, a.k.a. Green Arrow. Kevin Smith wrote fifteen issues of Green Arrow just prior to working on this film. See more »
Ollie cautions Gertie to flush the toilet, but never mentions that she should wash her hands after using it. For a protective father like he is, this makes little sense. See more »
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...
And what they...
[class: "Mean to us!"]
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Jay says "Nooch." during the View Askew logo that plays at the end of the credits. See more »
"Jersey Girl" is one of the biggest pieces of syrupy tripe I've seen in a while. In fact, it's so sticky sweet that, if not for the credits and his face on the DVD case, I'd never know it was Kevin Smith's work. Other than some of his trademark rapid-fire dialogue and scatological humor (which often doesn't work well this time around), it's hard to believe that this film came from the same guy's pen as "Clerks" or "Chasing Amy," the latter of which is still his best film.
"Jersey Girl" stars Ben Affleck as Ollie Trinke (I'll address character names in a bit), a self-centered Manhattan whiz kid of the music business who, after personal tragedy, completely unravels in a most public way and torpedoes his own career. Blackballed and defeated in the big city, Ollie is forced to return to his blue-collar roots on the Jersey side, with his infant daughter in tow. Cue the cutesy and heart-tugging scenes here.
Already burdened with an unrealistic script, "Jersey Girl" also suffers from some weak Ben Affleck acting, particularly in an overwrought scene in which Ollie is crying next to his daughter's crib. You just don't buy it from this character, or from this actor.
The only true highlight in the film is George Carlin, who plays an authentic and likable working-class father (complete with the clichéd heart of gold) who tries to teach Ollie the importance of family over material. Carlin more or less is playing himself, but it fits the role nicely. His occasional, "Aw, Jesus Christ" lament and eye-roll are more amusing and genuine than much of the more elaborately written dialogue which, until this film, was always Smith's strong point.
Now, to the character names. Jennifer Lopez plays Affleck's wife (insert your own joke on that one), Gertrude Steiney. Does Lopez even remotely look like a woman who would have such a name? For someone of obvious Hispanic lineage, it's absurd. Their daughter is subsequently named Gertrude ("Gertie") as well. Gertie? Ollie? What year is this?!?
I'm guessing that this will be Smith's last attempt at a mainstream romantic comedy. As a longtime fan, I surely hope so. He's a much better filmmaker when in an edgier and unsweetened form.
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