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Jersey Girl (2004)
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by Dennis Swennumson

"Ben Affleck will be replaying Jennifer Lopez's death over and over again."
3 stars

“Jersey Girl” is supposed to be a movie made by a more mature, reserved and introspective Kevin Smith. The script is devoid of all references to his previous films, all pieces that comprise the “Jersey Trilogy” and- named for his production outfit- the View Askewiniverse. MIA are the two stoner comic book heroes Jay and Silent Bob, gone are the numerous F-bomb droppings and reduced the amount of Smith’s own brand of dick and fart jokes, replaced with good old fashioned sentiment and endearment. Basing the story partially off of his own experiences as a father, Kevin Smith undoubtedly shows the maturity that was his personal goal with “Jersey Girl”, but unfortunately some of his originality was compromised in the process.

The movie opens with a lengthy exposition, told from an elementary student’s essay. Ben Affleck plays Ollie Trinke, a slick and successful New York music publicist. He meets the acquaintance of a book editor named Gertrude, played by Jennifer Lopez, and eventually they have a happy marriage and a baby on the way. Those weary of a “Gigli” aftershock need not worry, Lopez’s character is gone from the movie in twenty minutes, leaving only Ollie and his father, George Carlin in a very inspired performance, to the baby. It’s a running joke that gets stale, but Ollie loses his job when he, utterly stressed out, bad-mouths his client at a press conference, saying he will never have a career past “The Fresh Prince.” Yes, he was way off on predicting the star potential of Will Smith.

The movie catches back up to the student’s essay, read by a now 7-year-old Gertie, Ollie’s new job is within the sanitation department with his father, and they all share the same house. This may be one of Kevin Smith’s most extensive scripts in terms of plot and theme, he gives himself a lot work with including subject matter about Ollie learning the ropes of parenthood, finding new love with a video store clerk and grad student, and struggling to reclaim a life back in the city. The character is prone to let his frustration get the best of him but always seems to mean well, Ollie is well-developed (as with all of the supporting roles) by Smith and effectively portrayed by Affleck.

Even though all connections to his other five moves have been removed, Smith never forgets his influences and his trademarks as a director are still intact, like the numerous, though not as blatant, references to comics and Star Wars. Generally Smith’s films have examined the nature of the slacker and blue-collar life. “Clerks” focuses on the no-frills life of convenience and video store register-jockeys, “Jersey Girl” centers on a character that reluctantly returns to the family business of working for the town of Highlands. It has the essentials of a genuine Kevin Smith film, but “Jersey Girl” sometimes feels too much like Smith-lite, filtered and packaged for the most mainstream movie-going demographic.

Throughout the entire production of the movie, Smith spoke as if he had never made a truly “mature” film. “Chasing Amy”, about the complex relationship between a straight man and an on-again-off-again lesbian was that film. It realistically and honestly explored sexuality and relationships in the mid-90’s, when all of the rules and regulations about dating began- and are still continuing- to change. The movie had a cameo from Jay and Silent Bob, the love for comics and a blunt sense of humor about sex, yet still continues to rise above his other “Jersey Chronicles” flicks. Over five films Kevin Smith has unquestionably matured as a filmmaker, confronting serious issues along the way.

“Jersey Girl” does continue Smith’s development, but the film is restricted from complete success by the overall feeling that he’s just trying too hard.

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 SXSW Film Festival. For more in the 2004 South By Southwest Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

6/21/18 Suzanne The little girl was darling. 3 stars
4/09/10 art "JERSEY GIRL""WOW the next"GONE WITH THE WIND" 1 stars
12/31/09 Dane Youssef Unremarkable. Undistiguishable. Unnoticable. Nothing special. No effort is really made here 2 stars
3/23/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess Wow, George Carlin can act 4 stars
8/01/07 gad nice 4 stars
5/13/07 David Pollastrini All the women in this film are hot! 3 stars
1/23/07 del Better than it has any right to be...certainly better than that piece of shit J&SBSTB. 4 stars
9/28/06 Annie I absolutely loved it!!! 5 stars
8/19/05 Carolyn Rathburn Absolutely love this one, a true "love story" for the little Gertie 5 stars
8/12/05 ES In the content that all women who love their fathers will cry watching this= great movie 4 stars
7/12/05 Jake A disappointing effort from Kevin Smith. 3 stars
6/20/05 Chelsea M A very Good movie 5 stars
4/27/05 Ashley G I think it was a pretty good movie 4 stars
1/18/05 Jeff Anderson KEVIN SMITH'S SWEETEST AND BEST WRITTEN FILM! Liv Tyler and Raquel Castro are outstanding!! 5 stars
12/14/04 Tom Benton Smith's worst film and a major disappointment, but all in all not a crap movie. 3 stars
12/06/04 Jason Kaul Much better than this review lets on. Kevin Smith's best work. Lots of heart. 4 stars
12/03/04 Pat F. Bravo to Smith & Co's 2d poignant/innovative peek into middle class Jerseyans of all ages. 4 stars
11/20/04 HL Nothin' Special - Lightly Entertaining.... 3 stars
11/13/04 Bryan Lee difficult to watch 1 stars
10/02/04 Alycen Entertaining - excellent music soundtrack! 4 stars
9/19/04 Elizabeth SAPPY. Prefer Smith with more cynicism but this was for his Dad. 2 stars
9/16/04 Herb Scannel Love K. Smith like no other, but this just wasn't for me. 3 stars
9/12/04 Phil M. Aficionado With Liv, who needs J-Lo? She did a great job. 4-F: "Fun formula film with feeling" 4 stars
8/29/04 Emmy WHAT!! this movie is funny as hell..watch Jay and slient j strike back then!! 4 stars
7/23/04 buddy garrett Ben Affleck fails miserably again 2 stars
7/17/04 legend Awful! Only reason to see this film is that J.Lo dies but Ben should go with her for this. 1 stars
6/16/04 Millie Maelstrom Early death of JLo's char. helps but can't save this sentimental schlock promoted as comedy 2 stars
5/12/04 Me Wheres Jay and Silent Bob when you need em? 2 stars
4/18/04 molly horrible 1 stars
4/14/04 Agent Sands Fuck you all in the face. Jersey Girl was really really cool. 5 stars
4/12/04 Mike V This man CAN'T direct! 2 stars
4/12/04 Michael Hatch I am a big fan of Kevin Smith and i think this is his best movie. 5 stars
4/11/04 Wildcarde1 wasnt amazing but not too bad rent it, never understood the ben Hate 4 stars
4/05/04 Todd Bertuzzi This movie, like Affleck, is a lot better than most people give it credit for. V.Good! 5 stars
4/04/04 Uncle Salty Let me be witty... shit shit shit shit shit 1 stars
4/02/04 Amerigo Vespukey Cute kid? Yup. Next Affleck film: talking dog/baby, or freaky friday-esque body switch.... 1 stars
4/02/04 Death 2 Ben Affleck From Phantoms to Pearl Harbor to Gigli Ben Affleck has ruined one movie after another 1 stars
3/31/04 Charles Bryant A great, grown up feature that, while not perfect, is far smarter than many give it 4 stars
3/30/04 LoudChris Choppy, but heartfelt. Boaring. 2 stars
3/29/04 wampa1 hey kevin, if you have something meaningful stick to chasing amy meaningful, this sucks! 1 stars
3/29/04 empaler one of kevin smiths best 5 stars
3/28/04 AfroFett Average acting in an average movie. eh... 3 stars
3/28/04 Larry The dialogue in this movie was as "crisp" as a wet noodle. IT SUCKS! 1 stars
3/27/04 Marion Verhulst I love the movieM 4 stars
3/27/04 ajay This was like a boring movie with some Kevin Smith-isms rather then a *real* KS movie. 3 stars
3/26/04 Bored to Tears A manipulative suckfest. Looks like an amateur made this crap. 1 stars
3/25/04 Brian meh.... 2 stars
3/24/04 Shelley Shea Affleck gets one more chance. 4 stars
3/24/04 Ben Affleck sucks Now he's being out-acted by a 9 year old. Stop giving this talentless assclown 3 movies/yr 1 stars
3/23/04 Leslie Lato Touches the heart. 5 stars
3/22/04 Carver S. utter crap 1 stars
3/22/04 Brian A wonderful film, plain and simple. 5 stars
3/22/04 Tagaru Lee A movie filled with sweetness and a renewed appreciation of those that you love 5 stars
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  26-Mar-2004 (PG-13)
  DVD: 05-Apr-2011



Directed by
  Kevin Smith

Written by
  Kevin Smith

  Ben Affleck
  Liv Tyler
  George Carlin
  Jason Biggs
  Stephen Root
  Jennifer Lopez

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