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Jersey Girl (2004)

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Critic Consensus: A surprisingly conventional romantic comedy from Kevin Smith, Jersey Girl is warm but often overly sentimental

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Ollie 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.
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Cast

Ben Affleck
as Ollie Trinke
Raquel Castro
as Gertie Trinke
George Carlin
as Bart Trinke
Jennifer Lopez
as Gertrude Steiney
Jason Biggs
as Arthur Brickman
Stephen Root
as Greenie
Charles Gilbert
as Sweeney Todd
Charles McCloskey
as Sweeney Victim
Matt McFarland
as Boy No. 1
Sarah Stafford
as Girl No. 1
Christian Fan
as Boy No. 3
Victor Chavez
as Boy No. 4
William Mace
as Boy No. 5
S. Epatha Merkerson
as Doctor No. 1
Carol Florence
as Doctor No. 2
Alice Schaerer
as Nurse No. 1
Brian T. Delaney
as Nurse No. 2
Matt Maher
as Delivery Guy
Robert McKay
as Press No. 1
Ernie O'Donnell
as Press No. 2
Cymande Lewis
as Press No. 3
Dan Etheridge
as Press No. 4
Mark Jwayad
as Press No. 5
Jason Lee
as PR Exec No. 1
Matt Damon
as PR Exec No. 2
Tom Cleary
as Comptroller
Edward Janda
as Town Clapper
Will Smith
as Himself (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Jersey Girl

All Critics (172) | Top Critics (40)

The script stoops to cheap gags that undercut Affleck's efforts to sustain a believable character.

Full Review… | June 23, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 27, 2004
Salon.com
Top Critic

The grating sense of commercial calculation in Jersey Girl consistently undercuts Smith's fine writing.

Full Review… | March 27, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

March 26, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

March 26, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2004
USA Today
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Jersey Girl

Some may argue that it has a heart (and it does), but it also has too many clichés - including a heavy-handed soundtrack that always makes plain explicit what Affleck's character is feeling -, and it doesn't help that his relationship with Liv Tyler's is so forced from the get go.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Surprisingly sweet natured.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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