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Jersey Girl (2004)

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Release Date
• USA: Mar 26, 2004
• UK: 18 Jun 2004
DVD Release Date
• R1: Sep 7, 2004
• R2: 27 Sep 2004

Budget $35,000,000
BoxOffice: $25.2M

Official Website:
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MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 on appeal for language and sexual content including frank dialogue.

Running Time
1 hour, 43 minutes

Country USA

Studio Miramax Films

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• Jersey Girl (2004)
• Fatherhood Project
• Untitled Kevin Smith Project

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Genre: Drama, Comedy, True Story, Tear Jerker

Tagline: Forget about who you thought you were, and just accept who you are.

Plot: Ollie Trinke (Ben Affleck) is a smooth and successful Manhattan music publicist who seems to have it all. When his perfect life is suddenly tragically upended - leaving him as a single father unqualified for the role – he snaps.

Before long Ollie's big city life is a memory. Out of a job and out of luck, he reluctantly moves in with his father (George Carlin) back home to the New Jersey suburb where he was raised. It is the lowest point in his life. Just ask him. The years pass and with them Ollie's plans for his future. Stuck in an unexciting, deadend job, he sees no way out and no way back to the life he used to love. But he adores his young daughter Gertie (Raquel Castro), and she loves their life in the ‘burbs. To her, Jersey is paradise.

While renting Gertie's favorite movie for the zillionth time one day, Ollie meets Maya (Liv Tyler), who challenges his priorities and perspective. He begins to realize that sometimes you have to forget about who you thought you were, accept who you are and acknowledge what makes you

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 External Reviews
external linkEntering the commercial mainstream, indie guy Kevin Smith loses his way.

external linkThe movie, crammed with wince-inducing contrivances, false notes and fizzled jokes, all leading to a tired race-against-time ending, is so bad that it could stand as a textbook example of what not to do if you're an independent filmmaker flirting with the Hollywood mainstream.
--Stephen Holden (The New York Times)

external linkMaybe I would have been touched by this film if I had believed in the characters and their situations, but too much feels forced and scripted, the clear product of a writer's keyboard. 2/4
--James Berardinelli (ReelViews)

external linkNever mind J.Lo: Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler shine in Kevin Smith's surprisingly unsentimental ode to fatherhood.
--Stephanie Zacharek (Salon)

external linkIt's the kind of movie Hugh Grant might make, except for the way Smith has with his dialogue, which is truer and more direct than we expect. 3.5/4
--Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)

external linkNot to mention surprisingly unoriginal. The characters are hapless half-creations, from Affleck's work-obsessed yuppie to Bart's friends, who are the kind of friendly creations you'd find in the sitcom "Cheers."
--Desson Thomson (Washington Post)

external linkJersey Girl has to be the most honest, mature and heartwarming film I've seen in at least the last year. Yes, I used the word "heartwarming" to describe a film by the guy that gave us Jay and Silent Bob. 10/10
--Nate Anderson (

external linkFor the first time in a long while Affleck carries a decent picture, making a stronger connection to Smith’s casual dialogue than he does with any of his co-stars. 3/5
--Sean O'Connell (

external linkIf only I had that mind erasing machine from Ben's last movie...A Kevin Smith flick without Jason Mewes is like...Well, it's a lot like this abhorrent thing here. Dull and stupid. And if you like it, you're a... 0/5
--B. Alan Orange (MovieWeb)

external link"Jersey Girl" is corny, predictable and lousily directed, but Kevin Smith still has an original voice that can be faintly heard in there somewhere. 2.5/4
--Kevin N. Laforest (Montreal Film Journal)

external linkIf there’s a single authentic moment, I missed it, unless you count Ben Affleck’s obnoxiousness early in the film – that part at least seems to come naturally. 57/100
--Brian Webster (Apollo Guide)

external linkUnfortunately, "Jersey Girl" can't make up its mind what it wants to be. It's way too tame for Smith's hardcore fans -- they'll probably hate every minute of it -- and not solid enough to draw new admirers. It's neither comedy nor drama, fish nor fowl, and that's a shame.
--Paul Clinton (CNN Showbiz)

external linkFor every time that I was on the verge of sighing over a recycled plot note, I was delighted that a different story component was handled rather intelligently. B-
--Lee Tistaert (Lee's Movie Info)

 Directed by
Kevin Smith
The Flying Car, Clerks: The Lost Scene, Dogma
 Written by
Kevin Smith
The Concert for New York City, Clerks., The Green Hornet
Ben Affleck
Good Will Hunting, Fahrenheit 9/11, Armageddon
Jennifer Lopez
The Cell, Out of Sight, Antz
George Carlin
Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Stephen Root
Finding Nemo, Office Space, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Mike Starr
Goodfellas, Dumb & Dumber, Ed Wood
S. Epatha Merkerson
Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Jacob's Ladder, Radio
Jason Biggs
American Pie, American Pie 2, American Wedding
 Music By
James L. Venable
Scary Movie 3, EuroTrip, Scary Movie 4

external linkThe Jersey Girl storyline is as predictable as the sun will rise, but Smith's well-rounded balance of drama and humor saves the day. 3/4
--Crystal Luong (The Movie Insider)

external linkNo matter how much you want to shake your fist at the demise of yet another good and original director, Jersey Girl is a heartwarming film with solid performances from the entire cast. Worst of all, it's just as funny at a PG-13 rating than Smith's usualrestricted stamp. 3/4
--Lynda Lin (The Movie Insider)

external link"Jersey Girl'' is writer-director Kevin Smith's attempt to branch out from his vulgar-slacker-comedy niche and make a normal movie for grownups.
--Mick LaSalle (San Francisco Chronicle)

external link...this sugary father-daughter comedy will merely sadden Smith fans and offer viewers of all stripes little to savor.
--Anita Katz (San Francisco Examiner)

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