Jersey Girl (2004)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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After his career is sidelined by an unexpected tragedy and a personal blow-up, a single man must take care of his precocious daughter.

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26 March 2004 | brandonjclark
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| Smith breaks ground with Jersey Girl, but not without growing pains.
First off, let me say that Jersey Girl is a great film. Kevin Smith has done a great job of blending the romantic comedy genre with his trademark humor to create a fresh and original movie. This is an obvious sign that Smith is maturing both as a director and a person, and should be great news for those fans who enjoy his movies for more than the fart jokes. The crowd at the theater tonight might have been the oddest mix of people I have ever seen at an opening night. Stoners looking for more silent bob, teen girls giggling over Ben, young couples on dates, and older people looking for something lighthearted and fun. The stoners were the most disappointed, as the closest thing they got to Silent Bob was the new View Askew graphic at the begining of the movie.

This was definately Ben Afflecks best performance to date. He was amazingly good as Ollie. He gave the character a ton of depth, and Smith should be commended for this choice. The rest of the cast is also excellent. In fact, they are the best part of the movie.

My complaints are few, but I do have a couple. Firstly, the movie takes so long to setup, and it has a few spots throughout that tend to drag. Liv Tylers character is also a problem. Although she does a great job with what she is given, her character lacks depth and is thusly difficult to connect with as the new love interest.

All in all, this is charming and light hearted enough to take a date to, but has enough depth to keep it from being a cookie cutter affair. 8/10

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Trivia

Kevin Smith originally wanted to include some clips from Jaws (1975) for a scene where Ollie explains "the birds and the bees" to his daughter, but Steven Spielberg denied Smith permission.


Quotes

Teacher: Everyone, please take your seats. You heard the bell. You know what it means. Last week, the assignment was to write an essay about your family. Who they...
Teacher: And what they...
Teacher: Excellent droning.


Goofs

After their argument, Ollie goes upstairs and sits on Gertie's bed. He finds out that his daughter sleeps with her mother's pictures. Ollie picks up the picture from Gertie's hands, and after she wakes up and they speak, Ollie gives the photo back twice.


Crazy Credits

THE DIRECTOR WOULD LIKE TO THANK: God - Who still seems to be a fan of mine. And vice versa. Jenny - The proof that God's still a fan. I love you so, so much, my muse. Scott - Love you too. You're the James Brown of film, dude. Mom - Thanks for raising me right. Harley - The original Jersey Girl. Gail and Byron - The Glue. Philbert - aka Mosier Junior. Laura - She who makes it all happen. Lehrman - An A.D. so good, he was practically the D. Vilmos - The master of light. Ben - You were flat out brilliant. George - Funny, smart, and a great actor. It's just not fair. Liv - My new favorite actress. You elevated Maya. Raquel - Kid, you're a star. Jen - Who inspired Ben to greatness and while being great herself. Root and Starr - The mid-life Jay and Silent Bob. Biggs - You've now lived down the Pie. Betty - The best teacher the kids could have. Will - I love you all the way to the moon and back down to the dirt. The Crew - The true filmmakers. Carol - For riding shotgun. Sue - For grace under pressure. Charlie - For our third act show-stopper. Jon G. - Officially Miramax, unofficially View Askew. You're the fourth Beatle, dude. Harvey - For an excellent suggestion. Phil - My deal-maker and friend. Sloss - The legal eagle. Pierson - Who keeps me honest. Mas - For support from day one. Sondheim - For "Sweeney" in both our movie and real life. The Boss - For lending us his art. Twice. Stevie, Aimee, Ben, and Pete - For flick-defining tunes. Joey, Zack, and Donald - For lots of Crystal Light, Baja Fresh chicken, and smoke runs. Carol - Who keeps me rolling in dough. Ming - The Architect. Chappy - My merch partner in crime. The City of Philadelphia - For being great hosts. The Town of Paulsboro - For the locations and the street. The Town of Highlands - For giving a fat kid a nice place to grow up. And the Tabloids - For nothing. When in Red Bank, New Jersey, visit Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash. When in Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, Red Bank, New Jersey, purchase a ton of quality merchandise manufactured by Graphitti Designs.


Alternate Versions

Kevin Smith has a three-hour "director's cut" version that has screened in Los Angeles and in New Jersey at his Vulgarthon all-day film events. Smith says he will release the longer version on DVD for the film's eventual tenth anniversary.


Soundtracks

Let My Love Open The Door (E.Cola Mix)
Written and Performed by
Pete Townshend
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group

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Genres

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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