PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance
After his career is sidelined by an unexpected tragedy and a personal blow-up, a single man must take care of his precocious daughter.
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".
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.
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.
Jay says "Nooch." during the View Askew logo that plays at the end of the credits.
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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