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Jersey Girl [DVD]
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Romantic comedy written and directed by Kevin Smith, starring Ben Affleck as Ollie Trink, a rich and successful New York media publicist with a beautiful wife, Gertrude (Jennifer Lopez) and a baby on the way. Ollie's life seems too good to be true until tragedy strikes: Gertrude dies in childbirth, leaving Ollie alone with his new baby daughter. Emotionally destroyed, Ollie moves out of New York to live with his father, Bart (George Carlin), in New Jersey - but things continue to deteriorate and Ollie is fired from his job. Over time he strikes up a tentative friendship with Maya (Liv Tyler), a girl who works in his local video store, who - along with his now seven-year-old daughter, Gertie (Raquel Castro) - helps him to see that it's what's inside that matters, rather than the outward trappings of success.
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This is done to mix effect, because this isn't a bad movie - actually quite enjoy it - but it is definitely his weakest film. There just seems to be something missing in the plot that makes it feel unfinished, plus it's a little cheesy.
I was a bit apprehensive about getting this, but I'm glad I did as it is a good film, even if it does feel a little bit too sugary/feel good at times.
The plot revolves around a man whose wife dies in labour and he is left to raise the kid on his own and subsequently loses his job and has to do something he hates for a living all the while wishing for something more.
The film tries to be more adult, but still has plenty of low brow humour that kind of stands out to be honest with you.
You should see this film if you fancy a dose of feel good, but not if you're a big fan of Jay and Silent Bob.
ALL IN ALL A EXCELLENT FILM AND A MUST BUY
Having now seen the film I can confirm that it merited more than one week in the smallest screen at my local multiplex. I think this film suffered for two reasons 1, It is the second outing for the pairing of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez and their 1st, Gigli, was so bad that this film was tainted by association. 2, Kevin Smith is associated with films that appeal largely to teenagers and twentysomethings. In the View Askew universe he became an unlikely icon for the film obsessed, self referential, pop-culture savvy genereation. This involved a lot of swearing and a explicit sexual discussions. There is a big audience that this reputation would put off.
Neither criticism stands up in the face of this film. Jennifer Lopez departs pretty early on and the central romantic lead of the adult narrative goes to Liv Tyler. Also Kevin Smith has moved on from Jay and Silent Bob. Those fans who adored Clerks, Mallrats and Jay and Silent Bob strike back will find that this is a different type of film. In terms of Smith's previous work the greatest similarity is to Chasing Amy. It is more thoughtful, more reflective.
Having said that this is still a comedy, albeit with sad undertones. It isn't a straightforward relaxing, cheer yourself up after a bad day, laugh a minute film. It is genuinely touching in places and truly sad in others.
The plot is reminiscent of 90s film Jack and Sarah but with less slapstick. I enjoyed it and think it got a rough ride on its theatrical release. If you have liked Kevin Smith films before and can tolerate a film without Jay and Silent Bob then go on - give this a try. If you've been turned off Smith before and found his work too crude for your tastes then grit your teeth and give him another go - you never know you might surprise yourself.
i would definitely recommend this film it's one you can watch many times and not tire of.
This film is very bland, dull and exceedingly sentimental. There is a brief amusing cameo by Will Smith, but he is gone all too quickly. And the finale of the film, where father and daughter perform a duet from the musical 'Sweeney Todd' at the school pageant, causing the headmistress to faint with shock, raises a faint smile (though one can't help wondering what she was doing during rehearsals). However, most of the film is entirely and instantly forgettable, and it's hard to believe that this was made by the same people who did the brilliant and hilarious 'Dogma'. A huge disappointment.
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Brilliant item at an unbelievable price.....Well worth the money, will definitely use again!Published 10 months ago by Tony Joyce