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A surprisingly conventional romantic comedy from Kevin Smith, Jersey Girl is warm but often overly sentimental.
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The script stoops to cheap gags that undercut Affleck's efforts to sustain a believable character.
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 grating sense of commercial calculation in Jersey Girl consistently undercuts Smith's fine writing.
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.
Director Kevin Smith's first non-View Askewniverse effort...
But the formulaic nature of ``Jersey Girl'' and its unabashed embrace of suds makes it awfully sweet stuff. ``Jersey Girl'' is [Kevin] Smith at his most tender but not, alas, at his most original.
I enjoyed the movie quite a bit... Unfortunately, Smith cannot resist his old stand-bys.
Formulaic script and uneven tone. Disappointing.
A cloying attempt at mainstream fodder...
Jersey Girl obeys the classic conventions of romantic comedy but there are ingredients in this mix that raise it a notch above average.
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.
Surprisingly sweet natured.
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.
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.
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