Jersey Girl Reviews
Good movie, I really liked the story. Jersey Girl is a good film, I don't know why anyone would say that this is a bad film, I understand people not liking it, but the story was very decent and the acting was I'd say above average. One of the things I loved was that the story was very human, the little girl who played Gertie, Raquel Castro, was perfect for the role and didn't over do anything or made her character annoying. I recommend that every parent who has small children watch this movie because it's so tough been a parent these days thus making time for your children and having to worry about your job all the time.
In New York, the young executive Oliver "Ollie" Trinke is a successful PR of the music industry. He meets and falls in love for Gertrude Steiney, who soon gets pregnant. However, she dies in the childbirth and Ollie decides to return to his father's home in New Jersey. Pressed by the situation of lonely father, the workaholic Ollie blows-up in an important press conference and makes a fatal statement, losing his job and becoming blacklisted in his publicist career. He promises to be the "best father in the world" to the young Gertie, and stays single, grieving his beloved wife, without dating any woman for seven years and trying to retrieve a position of public relation. One day, he meets the rental clerk Maya, they become friends and she helps him to supersede his past life.
It's also hands down the best looking Kevin Smith film to date. The clean subtle cinematography by Vilmos Zigmond give the film a great feel.
Worth checking out if you're in the mood for a super cute romantic comedy.
There is a scene with Will Smith (he gets no credit for some reason) that is pretty good. But it is pretty bad writing that a publicist would not know what the play Sweeney Todd is all about.
What can I say, I am biased towards liking Smith's movies. It's not part of the View Askewneverse and Jason Biggs is for some reason involved, but I liked it. I think everyone does a good job here and I enjoy watching it.
Ben Affleck was a big player in New York, until his wife, Jennifer Lopez, dies during child birth, eventually resulting in Affleck moving back to Jersey to live with his father, George Carlin, and raise his daughter.
Years later, he must struggle with trying to find another job in New York while also raising his daughter. He has also just met a local girl, Liv Tyler, who takes a liking to this duo.
If there is any problem with this movie, its that it eventually follows a familiar formula. Its not a bad thing, but it doesn't make the movie stand out too much. It does help that there are a number of scenes that show off Smith's talent for dialog. It also helps that the girl playing Affleck's daughter is very good, especially for a young child actor, and not in an annoying cute way either.
Overall its decent and enjoyable, but Smith should stick in R rated territory.
Ollie: Isn't that cute? It's 8 o'clock and you both get a bottle.
Starring: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Raquel Castro.
Who would have thought that Kevin Smith could be tame? Kevin Smith is a legend in my eyes. His screenplay's are always outstanding and he has smart insights into real situations and manages to capture conversations that real people would have. For many Kevin Smith fans, they will probably hate this film if there range for films is limited to vulgar humor, but this is Kevin at his personal best.
Now it is strange seeing him doing a film like this, especially when he used to put these kind of films down years ago, but he has matured and decided to tackle this and of course its bound to be cliched, predictable and formulaic....but its formula done right. And what makes it right is Kevin's script, every character is realistically created and set up in real situations, none of these far-fetched Hollywood setups. The films humor is more tame then his previous films but its sharp witty humor remains intact. Some of the actors do a pretty good job, I mean nothing will ever beat the performances in Chasing Amy but Ben and Liv manage to do pretty well, with George Carlin giving a terrific and funny performance and Raquel Castro stealing every scene she is in, she is cute, but also shows a lot of maturity....definitely someone to look out for in the next 10 years.
Overall it is Kevin at his best and shows his tame side, but still managing to keep his sharp witty humor intact and making a sweet, formulaic film....that is done right.