Jersey Girl

Directed By: Kevin Smith Starring: Ben Affleck Raquel Castro

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Product Overview

Specifications

Studio Echo Bridge Home Ent
SKU 220215727
UPC 096009759292
UPC 14 00096009759292
Format DVD
Release Date 4/12/2011
Rating Rating
Keywords
Children
Divorce
Family (General)
Family Interaction
Family Life
Love
Romance
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Breaking from his signature slacker-underdog films like CLERKS, MALLRATS, and CHASING AMY, Kevin Smith delivers the feel-good family movie JERSEY GIRL. While Smith's pert one-liners and wryly ironic sense of humor are clearly present in the script, his casting choices (Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck) and glossy aesthetic identify the film as a mainstream Hollywood crowd-pleaser. Affleck stars as Ollie, a powerful entertainment executive with a perfect wife (Lopez) and a beautiful Manhattan apartment. But when his wife dies in childbirth and his career fizzles to a halt, he humbly gives up his fast-paced Manhattan lifestyle for the benefit of his daughter Gurtie (Raquel Castro), who is 7 years old for the majority of the film. He moves to New Jersey to live with his father (George Carlin), finds a new romantic interest (Liv Tyler), and learns some lessons about what's important in life. A subplot about Will Smith keeps a string of Hollywood insider jokes and quick cameos (Matt Damon) running throughout the film, while a school play modeled after "Sweeney Todd" lends itself to some funny theatrical moments. An emotive pop soundtrack features music by Aimee Mann in addition to a handful of well-timed entries that help move the plot along ("Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" plays as Ollie sheepishly drives his U-Haul across the river from Manhattan to Jersey), rounding out JERSEY GIRL as a likeable comedy. Parents beware, Smith may have curbed his edginess for this one, but foul language abounds.
Reviews
Los Angeles Times "[Castro's] smile and positive spirit make her the film's most engaging performer." 03/26/2004 p.E8
USA Today "Smith is looking more and more like a developing major talent..." 03/26/2004 p.3D
Box Office "[A] heartfelt, personal quality in the writing makes the film difficult to dislike." 05/01/2004 p.30
Uncut "[I]t's sweet and funny..." 07/01/2004 p.132
Chicago Sun-Times "[A] warm, funny movie..." 09/03/2004 p.12
Directors
Kevin Smith
Actors
Ben Affleck
Raquel Castro
Cast & Crew
Liv Tyler - Star
George Carlin - Star
Jason Biggs - Star
Mike Starr - Star
Ben Affleck - Star
Jennifer Lopez - Star
Raquel Castro - Star
Stephen Root - Star
Kevin Smith - Screenwriter
Vilmos Zsigmond - Director of Photography
Scott Mosier - Producer
Kevin Smith - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00096009759292
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 110 minutes
Features
DVD, Widescreen, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
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