Jersey Girl (2004)
Movie InfoOllie Trinke is at the top of his game. A smooth, Manhattan music publicist, Ollie has just married the love of his life and has a child on the way. It's a perfect lie that is tragically upended when he suddenly finds himself a single father unqualified for his new role. Before long Ollie's big city lifestyle clashes head on with fatherhood. After losing his job, he's forced to move back in with his father in the New Jersey suburb where he was raised. With the help of a beautiful young friend who opens him up to love again, and a daughter who gives him the courage to keep going, he begins to realize that sometimes, you have to forget about what you thought you were and just accept who you are. … More
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Critic Reviews for Jersey Girl
The script stoops to cheap gags that undercut Affleck's efforts to sustain a believable character.
The grating sense of commercial calculation in Jersey Girl consistently undercuts Smith's fine writing.
Inspired by Smith's own awe and amazement at being a father, the movie is modest and entertaining, with a minimum of sentimental goo, and it demands little of us except a good-natured willingness to go with it.
The filmmaker drowns his trademark edgy stew of smutty humor, stiff acting and dime-store insight into human nature with a gravy of glutinous bathos, making for a singularly unpalatable dish.
This kind of weepy material works in the hands of melodrama masters like Douglas Sirk or Pedro Almodovar. But here, it's over-the-top and it's just horrible.
Smith is looking more and more like a developing major talent, so it could be years until we get a handle on this movie's legacy.
Jersey Girl obeys the classic conventions of romantic comedy but there are ingredients in this mix that raise it a notch above average.
It takes more than a couple of dirty one-liners to retain your edge in light, predictable fare.
Affleck is at ease in this down-to-earth drama in a way that he never seems to be in his action movies, and Castro seems like a genuine child instead of like a child actor.
Smith reinvents the romantic-comedy by making a film about a man in love with his kid.
In several ways Jersey Girl is more appealing than Clerks or Mallrats.... Nonetheless, it lacks the smart observational-humor edge and often thoughtful boldness -- and, most frustratingly, the promise -- of Chasing Amy or Dogma.
A romantic comedy seriously marred by a clunky plot and a couple of characters that are hard to sympathize with.
Jersey Girl emerges as Kevin Smith's most polished effort to date, but not his funniest.
People who find Smith's work too brazen or fringe will really fall for this picture, likewise those easily pleased by this genre will enjoy. Hardcore fans may be very upset by Smith doing something so ordinary and even mundane.
In a strange way, it's both the most mainstream and the most personal movie Smith has made to date.
Jersey Girl is like that new Liz Phair album ... it sometimes sounds unmistakably like Kevin Smith but you never quite believe he could be so platitudinous and predictable.
Even as the critic in me raged against the clichés, I found a big old lump in my throat and blinked back a few tears.
Kevin Smith inserts enough of his special charm to make "Jersey Girl" a winner.
This is not the hard, cutting-edge Kevin. This is the soft and runny Kevin, trying (a little too hard) to work within the system. It's lame, man.
'Quizá sea reciclado de otras tantas cintas por el estilo, pero el toque de Smith aparece para hacer de este ejercicio un recomendable filme sobre el acto de maduración.'
Audience Reviews for Jersey Girl
Kevin Smith scores again. I hadnt seen this one yet for some reason. It only took me 4 years but this is why Kevin Smith is amazing. And Ben Affleck just needs to do Kevin Smith films and he will be okay. Wonderful movie.More
Jersey Girl is a very different film for Kevin Smith and is quite refreshing due to the fact that he mostly made View Askew films (Clerks, Mall rats and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back). This is a good movie that is one of Kevin Smith's best films. The cast do a fine job here and Affleck really gives a good performance here. The chemistry between him and Liv Tyler is great and they really light up the screen. The plot is good, and it took me by surprise. Smith's direction is wonderful, and he can craft a film that has heart, humor and original ideas. I feel that the film proves that Smith can do something different, instead of the usual Jay & Silent Bob material that we've seen in many of his previous directorial outings. If you love Kevin Smith and want something different, then Jersey Girl is his most refreshing film since Chasing Amy. This is an underrated film that has plenty of good moments to spare, and is very entertaining from start to finish. This is a well crafted film that is worth seeing if you are a fan of Kevin Smith. I think that this is an overlooked film for Kevin Smith, and it doesn't' deserve the flack it has received. George Carlin makes the film worth seeing and he brings his unique sense of humor to the mix, which adds an additional dimension to the film to make it that much more engaging. Jersey Girl has its flaws, but is definitely not a bad movie. If you've never seen this film and love Kevin Smith's work, then you owe it to yourself to check this one out.More
I'm a huge Kevin Smith fan, and genuinely love most of his movies. "Jersey Girl" was his first movie to really go out of his "comfort" zone of "Jay and Silent Bob" type flicks. This is a genuinely heart warming movie about a single father(Ben Affleck) and his relationship with his daughter Gertie(Raquel Castro). The cast is all great from Affleck's dad George Carlin to even Jennifer Lopez as his late wife. I especially love the talk Ben has wife his daughter and a boy after he walks in on them showing each other their privates. I definitely wouldn't say this is Smith's best movie, but it's certainly not the worse, and it's actually something you can enjoy with your kids. Great movie where if it's a Saturday afternoon, and your lazy and find it, to just chill out and enjoy.More
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