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Jersey Girl (2004)

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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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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 has been a difficult task for the past six years. Ollie was a successful New York City music publicist. He and his wife Gertrude had a daughter, immediately after which Gertrude died leading to Ollie naming their daughter Gertie. Unprepared to be a father let alone a single father, Ollie, through a single incident largely putting his desire for professional success over his responsibilities as a father, became persona non grata in the entertainment publicity industry, resulting in Ollie and Gertie needing to move back to Highlands, moving in with his father, Bart Trinke, until he got back onto his feet. But unexpectedly for Ollie, getting back on his feet in an immediate sense meant getting a job working side-by-side with Bart in the Borough of Highlands works crew, a job he still has. Ollie still has the desire both to get back to a New York City life and a high powered job as an entertainment ... Written by Huggo

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He wanted it all...but he got more than he bargained for. See more »

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

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

26 March 2004 (USA) See more »

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Fatherhood Project See more »

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New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,319,171, 28 March 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,266,129, 27 June 2004
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Production halted until Summer 2002, due to Ben Affleck's work on Daredevil (2003). 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...
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Disappointingly average and unambitious
28 March 2004 | by CadrielSee all my reviews

I've been a Kevin Smith fan for years, but my disappointment with Jersey Girl doesn't come from the lack of Jay and Silent Bob, or the fact that it isn't a typical View Askew film. I knew it wouldn't be that, and I went into the theatre just hoping to see a good film.

Jersey Girl has some nice moments, and some moments of genuine, skillful humor (especially for a musical theatre fan). However, the film as a whole is an enormous letdown for one reason: it's typical. Rather than making another typically Kevin Smith movie, Smith managed to make a typical Hollywood flick. Instead of insight, we get cloying sentimentality; instead of maturity, we get a series of cliche moments with a good-looking cast that just doesn't dazzle for whatever emotional whallop Smith thought the film would pack.

The situation and choices facing Ben Affleck's character are nothing new, and Affleck goes dutifully through the exercises, emoting when he needs to, but never really getting much out. You wind up rooting for him more or less out of the same sense of duty. George Carlin's father is depressingly tame compared to his brilliant standup routine; Jennifer Lopez is sweet but her perfunctory character never really makes any impact on the audience. Raquel Castro plays the absolute cliche end of a film child that she's written with the appropriate sweetness. Liv Tyler's character goes wildly from a toned-down character from one of Smith's earlier films in her first scenes (building up a bit of false hope that there will be something new to this blah exercise) to another cliche character in the later portions of the film. Not much of it can be blamed on anyone except the writer/director, though.

On principle, I have nothing against Smith branching out into other genres of film than those he touched on in his first five; that's an artist's choice, and should be his and no one else's. But Jersey Girl is simply settling for the typical and unambitious in film. If this is an indication of where Kevin Smith's career is heading, then I think he has lost it as a director who bears watching.


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