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Running Time:
103 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for language and sexual content including frank dialogue

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A corny, predictable drama with some implausible moments, but it's still Affleck's best film in a long time, and it's got some humor as well.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: 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.

Jersey Girl
Affleck plays Ollie Trinke, a hotshot New York publicist who woos and weds Jennifer Lopez. When she dies in childbirth, Ollie is distraught and left with an infant daughter he has no idea how to nurture. He brings the baby home to his dad, Bart (George Carlin), in a small New Jersey town, where he expects his father more or less to raise her while he resumes his busy PR life. But somehow the tragedy has improbably, turned Ollie into a jerk. He yells at his staff, especially assistant Arthur (Jason Biggs), without incident, but when he yells at the media at a press conference and disses his own client, he gets fired. Since he can't find another job, Ollie is forced to give up his cool Manhattan lifestyle since the only job he can get is as a garbage collector like his dad. The it's seven years later, and father and daughter (Raquel Castro) are getting along just fine. Since there's no woman in Ollie's life, as soon as Ollie and his daughter walk into a video store and meet the clerk Maya (Liv Tyler) who smiles at Ollie. The only conflict centers on Ollie's obsession with getting back into PR in Manhattan. Ollie finally lands a key job interview on the same afternoon as his daughter's school music pageant causing implausible screaming matches in the household. Nobody, of course, thinks about rescheduling the interview. There is no question that director Kevin Smith's heart is in the right place, but his dramatic instincts fail him miserably here. The actors are all fine, especially young Raquel Castro, who does bear a resemblance to Lopez. Her impish charm infects the movie and brightens her scenes with Affleck. Liv Tyler nicely manages several sexy and romantic scenes with Affleck, making you wish Smith had further investigated that relationship rather than relying on trite sitcom gimmicks. Carlin, for once has a decent role as a man content with his lot in life but puzzled over why his son is so dissatisfied with his.

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