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Jersey Girl (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 26 March 2004 (USA)
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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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Kevin Smith

Writer:

Kevin Smith
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Aberlin ... Teacher
Matt McFarland Matt McFarland ... Boy #1
Sarah Stafford Sarah Stafford ... Girl #1
Paulie Litt ... Bryan (as Paulie Litowsky)
Christian Fan ... Boy #3
Victor Chavez Victor Chavez ... Boy #4
William Mace William Mace ... Boy #5
Raquel Castro ... Gertie Trinke
Ben Affleck ... Ollie Trinke
Jennifer Schwalbach Smith ... Susan (as Jennifer Schwalbach)
Jennifer Lopez ... Gertrude Steiney
George Carlin ... Bart Trinke
Stephen Root ... Greenie
Mike Starr ... Block
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Doctor #1
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Storyline

Oliver Trinke has always tried to put his Highlands, New Jersey past behind him, but it has been a difficult task for the past six years. Ollie was a successful New York City music publicist. He and his wife Gertrude had a daughter, immediately after which Gertrude died leading to Ollie naming their daughter Gertie. Unprepared to be a father let alone a single father, Ollie, through a single incident largely putting his desire for professional success over his responsibilities as a father, became persona non grata in the entertainment publicity industry, resulting in Ollie and Gertie needing to move back to Highlands, moving in with his father, Bart Trinke, until he got back onto his feet. But unexpectedly for Ollie, getting back on his feet in an immediate sense meant getting a job working side-by-side with Bart in the Borough of Highlands works crew, a job he still has. Ollie still has the desire both to get back to a New York City life and a high powered job as an entertainment ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

He wanted it all...but he got more than he bargained for. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for language and sexual content including frank dialogue | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Kevin Smith Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,300,000, 28 March 2004

Gross USA:

$25,268,157

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,492,921
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When the script was first written, it was a number from "Cats" that Gertie was to perform at her school play, but the show closed before filming started. It was replaced with a number from "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street". See more »

Goofs

When Ollie feeds his daughter when he first moves in with his father, there is milk running down her cheek. He then places the bottle next to her. In the next shot, there is no trace of milk on her cheek. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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: [class: "Are!"] And what they...
Teacher: [class: "Mean to us!"] Excellent droning.
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Crazy Credits

The opening production company title features a CGI rended Jay and Silent Bob, recurring characters from the five previous ViewAskew films. Jersey Girl was the first ViewAskew movie to use the new title. See more »

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. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Conan: The One Where Conan Does That Thing (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Parents Just Don't Understand
Written by Peter Brian Harris, Will Smith (as Willard C. Smith) and DJ Jazzy Jeff (as Jeffrey Townes)
Performed by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Courtesy of Jive Records
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Landslide man,,
25 January 2005 | by bhay24See all my reviews

The start of the movie was troubling and it only got worse. Having the girl give a presentation on her family to explain who they were didn't seem to be completed, being that she never finished her story.. A couple moments of Kevin Smith'esquire' dialogue, but not nearly enough. Carlin was good, and Liv Tyler talked like a Smith character, but other than that, I mean c'mon man you made Clerks and you're gonna end your movie with the Dad running to save the day at the School Play, THE FUCCING SCHOOL PLAY? Oh, and let's not forget about the montage's, Jesus how many cheesy songs can play while Affleck glances out his window just 'wondering'... The Landslide montage was one of the worst moments in my movie viewing career... I was a huge fan of Smith, He influenced me to write, and I think he writes- err.. WROTE dialogue better than anyone, but now, landslide.....


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