Jersey Girl

Jersey Girl

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Director: Kevin Smith

Cast: Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Jennifer Lopez

     
 

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While Kevin Smith tends to divide audiences with his films, most people agree that his commentary tracks are some of the best in the business. Jersey Girl may be one of his less successful films, but this disc offers a pair of hilarious commentary tracks. The film itself is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical

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While Kevin Smith tends to divide audiences with his films, most people agree that his commentary tracks are some of the best in the business. Jersey Girl may be one of his less successful films, but this disc offers a pair of hilarious commentary tracks. The film itself is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The disc does a fine job of capturing Vilmos Zsigmond's cinematography, which made this easily the best-looking Kevin Smith film. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. The first commentary track features Smith, producer Scott Mosier, and Smith associate Jason Mewes. They have an irreverent, wide-ranging conversation that touches on a variety of topics including sex, how Gigli hurt this film's box-office potential, and a hilarious digression in which they discuss a version of Jersey Girl that could have borrowed elements from Village of the Damned. The second commentary track consists of Smith and star Ben Affleck. They have a genuine rapport with each other and talk about everything anyone could hope for, including the decision to cast Jennifer Lopez, Smith's feud with the British press, and the economics of the film industry. Interviews with the cast and crew, a video interview between Smith and Affleck, and a handful of Smith's "Roadside Attraction" pieces for The Tonight Show round out this release, which turns a less than interesting film into a highly entertaining DVD.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Filmmaker Kevin Smith, a Garden State native who cut his directorial eyeteeth on the gritty indie Clerks, completes his gradual move into the mainstream with Jersey Girl, a formulaic romantic comedy that relies on Smith’s sharp dialogue and winning performances by Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler to give it some edge. Ben plays a hard-charging New York publicist who seems to have it all: great job, luxurious Manhattan lifestyle, and a gorgeous wife (portrayed by Affleck’s ex-fiancé, Jennifer Lopez); but he goes to pieces after she dies in childbirth. He loses his high-powered job, moves back to New Jersey with his young daughter, and takes a dead-end job as a laborer. He spends the next seven years in a funk, snapping out of it only when a kooky video store clerk (Tyler) takes a romantic interest in him. Jersey Girl is a real departure for Smith; it doesn’t have the shiftless stoners, profane dialogue, or outrageous situations commonly found in his films. And he tones down his customary reliance on pop culture references, too. Instead, he focuses on developing the story’s principal characters, making them warm and believable. Affleck is not only credible but also sympathetic as the long-bereaved dad fearful of surrendering his heart to another woman. Tyler, who has seemed flat and colorless in her few outings as a conventional ingénue, lights up the screen as the honest, irrepressible, slightly odd young woman he reluctantly falls for. George Carlin is appropriately gruff as Affleck’s blue-collar dad, and little Raquel Castro manages to be cute but not cloying as the daughter. The working-class New Jersey milieu is accurately depicted, and the characters are so engaging that we’re willing to forgive Smith when he drags in threadbare narrative devices to bring the story to a satisfactory conclusion.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/2004
UPC:
0786936245660
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature commentary with writer/director Kevin Smith and actor Ben Affleck; Feature commentary with Kevin Smith, producer Scott Mosier, and special guest Jason Mewes; From Mallrats to Jersey Girl: Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck talk shop; The Tonight Show's "Roadside Attractions" featuring Kevin Smith; Behind-the-scenes special; Text interviews with cast & crew; French-language track; Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Affleck Ollie Trinke
Liv Tyler Maya
Jennifer Lopez Gertrude
Raquel Castro Gertie Trinke
George Carlin Bart Trinke
Jason Biggs Arthur Brickman
Mike Starr Block
Stephen Root Greenie
Jennifer Schwalbach Smith Susan

Technical Credits
Kevin Smith Director,Editor,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Phil Benson Associate Producer
Jonathan Gordon Executive Producer
Laura Greenlee Co-producer
Diane Heery Casting
Robert H. Holtzman Production Designer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Michael Lerman Asst. Director
Scott Mosier Editor,Producer
Juliet Polcsa Costumes/Costume Designer
Glen Trew Sound/Sound Designer
James L. Venable Score Composer,Cinematographer
Elise G. Viola Art Director
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. My Family... [2:41]
2. "The Only Way We're Gonna Work" [7:26]
3. "We Lost Her" [6:21]
4. Back to Work [4:22]
5. "Try Acting Like a Father" [5:11]
6. The Next Best Thing [7:19]
7. Gertie Age Seven [4:37]
8. "What Are Your Intentions?" [3:27]
9. The Sympathetic Widower [6:03]
10. A Date With Dad [2:57]
11. Crushing [6:59]
12. Slinging Bullsh*t [5:57]
13. Daddy Wants... [8:56]
14. My City of Ruins [:41]
15. "If I Was a Smart Man" [6:34]
16. "God. That's Good" [5:52]
17. The Only Thing... [7:35]
18. End Credits [4:45]

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Jersey Girl 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is absolutely amazing, everyone loves it. It's funny, heart warming and romantic. It is a must see for everyone!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS MOVIE MADE ME LAUGH AND CRY I LOVED IT THIS IS KEVIN SMITH'S BEST MOVIE RENT IT AND ENJOY IT
Guest More than 1 year ago
Departing from his usual comic farce, director Kevin Smith brings us a tale of lost love and lost opportunities. While "Beniffer" is billed as the star, the real good performances come from Raquel Castro as his daughter, Liv Tyler as his love interest, and George Carlin as his father. Kudos also to character actors Mike Starr and Stephen Root as his dad's best friends. Carlin gives his best performance in a Smith movie since "Cardinal Glick" in Dogma. Affleck, however, seems to be forcibly giving his lines. Maybe it's just me, but he emotes like a man who has an impacted bowel. It's really sad since he gave such good performances in "Dogma", "Chasing Amy", and "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back". Still, it's not a total loss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must admit, I was a skeptic. I appreciate movies by Kevin Smith, but Affleck I wasn't so sure of. This movie was great. I watched it again. It did make me cry. I thought Affleck gave a fine performance as the dad and son, and friend of Maya. Carlin was great as the dad as were the guys who played his friends - nice touch. What a nice surprise. Resounding impression. Movie Fan
Guest More than 1 year ago
Where was the press on this movie? I am ashamed to admit that I went so long without seeing it. By far, it is probably the best movie I have seen all year. As usual, Kevin Smith does it again with writing that hits home and comedy in the right places. I've watched him through the years and am always impressed with his work, but this time he outdid himself, brilliantly directing this cast of heavy hitters. This is a MUST SEE!!!!
Alan_Slates More than 1 year ago
Years ago I was away from my wife, and the only show that was on at the time was this show. Unable to get anything else, I sat down and watched it. Now years later, I have the movie that at one point in time I would never have watched, but now am so thankful that I did. To this date, about three years later, while at B&N, I got this movie. That's how much of an impression this show made upon my life. As you can guess, I not only watched it,but my wife watched it with me as well. It brought laughter to our hearts, tears to our eyes, and engulfed us into a story that neither of us will ever forget. We hope you will watch it..You will not regret it in the least.
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