For everyone who went to see this movie basing their opinion on Ben's previous movie shame on you. Jersey Girl is a great movie. The cast is great and Kevin Smith is a wonderful director. I love Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Folks sometimes forget that we go to the movies to relax and forget our troubles. If I want to get educated or have someone lecture Me I will go back to school. I think people forget that sometimes and take everything way to seriously. We need more feel good movies that aren't preachy because if you want to be preached at you go to church and listen to <more>
your pastor.This is one of those feel good movies. Good Luck Ben and Kevin.
Most Heartfelt from Kevin Smith (by anthonycristo)
This is without any doubt my favorite Kevin Smith film. Unlike his other brilliant comedies this is a story that is truly written from the heart. It has a lot of warmth and pain mixed in with a complex story of a man coming to terms with his fatherhood. The fact that he dedicated the film to his late father shows this to be a film maker working through the loss of an important figure in his life. George Carlin gives a stand out performance as Ben Affleck's father and Ben Affleck gives a stellar performance of a man that comes to terms with the life he has instead of the life he thinks <more>
he wants. This film still has the same witty humor like any good Kevin Smith film does but it is undercut by the seriousness of the relationship between a child and their parent. Whether it is Ben's relationship with his father or his relationship as a father to his adorable daughter. The only criticism I had was that Ben could not bring himself to cry at a key moment in the film. Other than that, his and everyone else's performances were outstanding. Kevin Smith deserves much credit for revealing so much about himself in this film.
I think Kevin out did himself here. The movie is just great. I really enjoyed it and can't wait for it to be released on DVD so I can add it to my collection.I loved the actors, I think Carlin is one of the greatest. Ben did a great job, but the best performance has to go to the girl that played Gertie. Raquel I think her name is. She was terrific. She is gonna be huge. I loved that the entire audience all feels the same emotions when Ollie blows up at Gert. Everyone had the same holy crap gasp. you could hear a pin drop in there after that.Over all I think Kevin Smith did a great job <more>
breaking out of his stereotypical roles and provided great insight into the hardships of parenting, especially in a one parent household.
For those of you screaming Kevin sold out save it! Kevin sold out w/ Mallrats and has never claimed anything less. This movie proves Kevin can do it all. It has the same sharp wit, excellent dialogue and dick/fart jokes of Kevin's previous work but has the look and feel of a growing movie director. Maybe 10 years ago I would have been ranting about this movie as well but people change and grow as the age. Should we bash Kevin because he is growing as a director/writer and person? This movie made me laugh as hard as any of the view askew productions but also moved me. Part of this maybe <more>
due to the fact I am about to have my first child a Arizona Girl. Kudos to Kevin and keep up the good work. Snoogans!
This is a film that gives a real glimpse into a life of someone who has loved and lost and learned to love again. Kevin Smith has a gift for dialogue and for casting the perfect actors to play the characters he has created. I would also disagree with an earlier post about the music in Jersey Girl, I thought it to be superb...especially the "My City of Ruin" scene. After all, how could we have a movie about Jersey without The Boss? I'd also like to mention that for months Kevin Smith has been preparing his loyalists that this will not be like his previous films which I love and <more>
so, I was not expecting to be thrilled about Jersey Girl. None the less, I made sure to see it opening weekend and after Jersey Girl I didn't feel like I did after Jay and Silent Bob, or even Dogma but why should I have? If every director just made the same film over and over again there we would never have the varied, interesting filmography of a director like Ridley Scott or Cameron Crowe. Jersey Girl was something much different for Smith, and wonderful.
Kevin Smith's Jersey Girl is Funny and Moving (by darrendebari)
Kevin Smith knows that Ben Affleck is two completely different people. Knowing is half the battle and what is created is a wonderful, funny, clever, and heartwarming film and performance. Smith's writing and direction go hand in hand with Affleck.What Smith knows is that there is Affleck the strong actor demonstrated in CHASING AMY, BOUNCE, and CHANGING LANES. There is also Affleck the movie star of PEARL HARBOR, DAREDEVIL, AND Armageddon. The strong actor is excellent and the movie star is limited by script as most actors are in movie star roles. Both are fun to watch but the actor is <more>
more interesting and makes bolder and more fascinating choices.Affleck plays a New York publicist named Ollie whose in love and married to Gertrude. She's pleasantly played by the radiant Jennifer Lopez. Their love is very real and rarely do I feel that when I see a relationship on screen. Smith has said in the latest issue of Premiere to Affleck, "Because you were so in love with her when we were making the movie, you were able to bring something more real to the performance." This is evident in the performance.Ollie has a child with Gertrude but then tragedy strikes. Gertrude dies in childbirth and Ollie is left alone to raise his daughter. He leaves her with his father during the day in New Jersey as he tries to continue his work. He misses Gertrude so much that he's snippy and impatient at work and can't focus. Even his sweet and understanding assistant, nicely played by Jason Biggs, is treated harshly.Finally, Ollie's father tells him he has to take the baby and the responsibility. Ollie is angry and has no choice but to bring the baby to the Hard Rock in New York. There, he's doing some publicity for Will Smith when he blows up in front of all the reporters and bad mouths him. This ends his career.Seven years later Ollie lives in New Jersey with his father and his child. Ollie works with his father as a road and sanitation worker and even picks his daughter up from school in a street sweeper. She's a sweet girl whose the picture of her late mother. She's even named after her. She likes school and her friends but loves her Daddy and her Grandfather. She's played lovingly by Raquel Castro.Her Grandfather is beautifully played by George Carlin. He's a hard working man who drinks too much and he knows it. He also cares for his son and truly loves his Granddaughter. He has many funny moments as well as some that are tender and vulnerable. Smith, a fan of Carlin as am I, uses him perfectly here. I couldn't picture anyone else playing this character so convincingly.Soon Ollie meets Maya. She's a Video store clerk who questions him about the pornography he rents. She's doing a paper on men and sex and sadly finds out Ollie hasn't had sex since the death of his wife. She's a breath of fresh air in Ollie's life and well played by the charismatic and lovely Liv Tyler. He finds her odd at first but his affection grows.Ollie still tries to get back to the city and his old life but has very little luck. He can't get a job as a publicist no matter what he tries. He does take Gertrude into the city promising her a Broadway show. The show she picks and Affleck's reaction to it is priceless. She likes it so much she wants to perform it with Ollie at the school talent show.The rest of the film I will not give away but I do encourage you to see it. We rarely see real people and real situations on the screen. The laughter and the tears are well earned thanks to the brilliant Kevin Smith.Kudos to Kevin Smith and his honest and clever writing. In this film he not only makes you laugh but truly makes you understand Ollie's struggle and eventual acceptance of Fatherhood. Starting with the low budget CLERKS and continuing on with the brilliant and thought provoking DOGMA, Kevin Smith is a very real force in film making and is getting better as he goes along.JERSEY GIRL is dedicated to Smith's Father. Having just lost mine recently I understand the pain and the absence. I wish Smith all the best and knowing his real life writing style would not be surprised if some more Father/Child issues were further explored. In JERSEY GIRL he explores them brilliantly.
I left this on the shelf far too long (by damien-laughton)
So after reading many a disconsolate review from Kevin Smith fans I decided to purchase the DVD anyway. Yet all the negative comments had left their toll on me and the DVD stayed on the shelf in its shrink wrapper for FAR TOO LONG. You motor heads! Yes this movie is sweet and yes it's sometimes even sickly but it's endearing and moving. Ben Athleck switches in and out of competence a few too many times to make his performance IMO a completely solid one but frankly he does a good job of holding all the disparate threads of the movie together.If you want to live in 1994 dick & fart <more>
jokes then simply put Clerks in the DVD player and play it again! However each of Kevin's films go someway in their own right into the exploration of inter-personal relationships and the impact of consequence in our daily lives. Jersey Girl is no different in this respect than Clerks.
The Other Kevin Smith - who is all the same despite all (by sixstring-1)
I'm certain that if I had been Kevin Smith, approached by Miramax with this idea and screenplay, I would definitely have turned it down.Maybe that's exactly why he had chosen to do it. And what a wise decision it was indeed... The movie didn't promise much judging it by the trailers, but in the end, I was quite satisfied with it when I finally saw it. I'm sure, that an average, or below-the-average Hollywood director would have made it into a blunt, silly, sentimental, and instantly forgettable, "soap-bubble-like" movie. But not Smith... There were many, many crucial <more>
points along the storyline that just called and yelled for directors to commit fatal errors... Smith had succeeded to avoid these errors, creating a really enjoyable, lovable, deeply emotional and yet funny piece of work. But still... this isn't the Kevin Smith that I admire so much. I believe that with "Dogma" he created a milestone in American film-making, by daring to speak fiercely openly and frankly about very delicate issues. I missed this part of him from "Jersey Girl" - but there was no room for it because of the plot.With "Jersey Girl" he had showed more real emotions than he ever did in all of his works. He had proved himself an expert of human emotions. He showed the audience that he really understands about deep feelings, love, loss, family ties, ambition...The only thing this film is lacking is really great acting. None of the actors gave bad performances, not by long shot, but still... there could have been some more... especially from Affleck. Tyler gave a surprisingly fresh, and believable performance, showing some real theatrical talents in the scene when she performs in Gertie's 'musical'.The unavoidable Star Wars jokes, and celebrity "nose-pricks" are present of course, maintaining the overall "Smith-feel" to the movie. To be adequate, I quote Darth Vader: "Impressive... Most impressive."
In New York, the young executive Oliver "Ollie" Trinke Ben Affleck is a successful PR of the music industry. He meets and falls in love for Gertrude Steiney Jennifer Lopez , who soon gets pregnant. However, she dies in the childbirth and Ollie decides to return to his father's home in New Jersey. Pressed by the situation of lonely father, the workaholic Ollie blows-up in an important press conference and makes a fatal statement, losing his job and becoming blacklisted in his publicist career. He promises to be the "best father in the world" to the young Gertie, and <more>
stays single, grieving his beloved wife, without dating any woman for seven years and trying to retrieve a position of public relation. One day, he meets the rental clerk Maya Liv Tyler , they become friends and she helps him to supersede his past life."Jersey Girl" is a very sweet movie about family, and honestly I could never expect such sensitive story from Kevin Smith. I like his work a lot, and I have all his movies in my collection. "Clerks" and "Chasing Amy" are amazing, and I must confess that I was tired of "Jay and Silent Bob". The shift in his career could not be better. The story is great and very well balanced with drama, comedy and romance. Liv Tyler is fantastic, showing a great chemistry with Ben Affleck. George Carlin is great, without being corny, in the role of Bart Trinke. But the girl Raquel Castro is stunning: very bright and smart, she steals all the scenes and seems to be a future star. I really loved this movie. My vote is eight.Title Brazil : "Menina dos Olhos" "Apple of the Eyes" meaning something very dear"