Jersey Girl


Jersey Girl

Critics 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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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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  • Jun 29, 2016
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2014
    With Jersey Girl, Kevin Smith abandons his loyal fans and attempts to make a conventional/generic comedy. The film follows a music publicist named Ollie Trinke who moves back home to New Jersey to raise his daughter after his life is reduced to shambles by the death of his wife and loss of his job. Newcomer Raquel Castro owns this film and is radiant; having great chemistry with Affleck as his daughter. However, Liv Tyler has no chemistry with anyone and gives a terrible performance. Some of the writing carries Smith's witty, sardonic style, but it's less focused than his previous scripts. And, there are some tonal issues as the dramatic themes are often undercut by random bits of raunchy comedy. Jersey Girl has its moments and is a bit of fun, but it lacks Kevin Smith's voice.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2013
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2012
    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.
    Everett J Super Reviewer

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