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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24 May 2008 | Smells_Like_Cheese
7
| Surprisingly good!
I remember back in the day when Jersey Girl came out and it was right around the time the "Bennifer" days were coming to an end and we just suffered the mass bomb that was "Gigli". Many were calling this movie "Gigli 2", I just couldn't believe they would put Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck together in a film again after all the innocent bystanders had to put up with, but they did. But I don't know why, maybe because it's already 4 years later after all that craziness, I decided to go ahead and rent Jersey Girl and just see what it was about. I watched it last night and I couldn't believe my eyes, I actually liked this movie. It wasn't your typical romantic comedy, it was something different and really enjoyable. Kevin Smith, who is more famous for Clerks, made a funny and genuinely good film that anyone can enjoy.

Gertie Trinke is a little girl who is telling her story about her family and how they came to be. Her father, Ollie, was once a successful man in New York who was the publicity for famous musicians. But when his wife Gertrude dies in childbirth with their daughter, Ollie has to learn to grow up, but he looses his job after calling Will Smith a no body who won't get another movie. So Ollie and his dad raise Gertie, who teaches Ollie that there's more to life than just the riches.

Jersey Girl is a good film, I don't know why anyone would say that this is a bad film, I understand people not liking it, but the story was very decent and the acting was I'd say above average. One of the things I loved was that the story was very human, the little girl who played Gertie, Raquel Castro, was perfect for the role and didn't over do anything or made her character annoying. Ben Affleck, who I normally cannot watch in a movie was very good in Jersey Girl, his little talk with his infant girl about loosing his wife was touching. Maybe because I'm a girl or something, maybe that's why I loved the film, but I just thought it was good and I do recommend it.

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Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond said that Kevin Smith just wanted to shoot everything in close-up shots, "all those talking heads", since the film was heavily based on dialogue. Smith, on the other hand, said that he moved out of his comfort zone to work with Zsigmond, and the set was mainly built to Zsigmond's specifications. While Smith at one point referred to him as "an ornery old cuss, who made the crew miserable", he admitted that Zsigmond taught him a lot about lighting, and pushed Smith to be more visual in his storytelling. Later, Smith also said that Jersey Girl "looks far better than it has any right to".


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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

Jay says "Nooch." during the View Askew logo that plays at the end of the credits.


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.


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Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Written by
Wallis Willis
Performed by George Jones
Courtesy of Bandit Records

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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