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Jersey Girl Details


Writer and director Kevin Smith embraces his warm and fuzzy side with this comedy drama about a man who learns a lot about life and love in the wake of a personal tragedy. Ollie Trinke (Ben Affleck) is a guy who seemingly has it made -- he has a great job as a music publicist with a major Manhattan public relations firm, and he's madly in love with his wife, Gertrude (Jennifer Lopez). Ollie is very much excited about the fact he and Gertrude are soon to become parents, but Ollie's joy turns to despair when Gertrude dies in childbirth. Emotionally shattered, Ollie isn't sure what to do next, and he and his newborn daughter, Gertie, soon move to New Jersey to live with his father, Bart (George Carlin), who grows tired of playing babysitter after several months. Juggling his career with single parenthood proves to be more than Ollie can manage, and one day he's fired after he bungles a major press event. Unable to find work, Ollie eventually takes a dead-end job in New Jersey's public works department, and devotes himself to his daughter as he retreats from his own life. But after frequent visits to the local video store, he strikes up a friendship with Maya (Liv Tyler), a pretty girl who works behind the counter. As Ollie finally begins to come out of his shell, he's offered a chance to move back into the music industry, but he realizes that would mean moving back to Manhattan -- and Gertie (Raquel Castro), now seven years old, makes it clear she doesn't want to go. Jersey Girl also features cameo performances from Kevin Smith regulars Jason Lee and Matt Damon, and significantly is Smith's first feature not to include Jason Mewes and Smith himself as stoner archetypes Jay and Silent Bob. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:March 26, 2004


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


Kevin Smith
Scott Mosier
Kevin Smith
James L. Venable
Vilmos Zsigmond
James L. Venable
Composer (Music Score)
Scott Mosier
Kevin Smith
Laura Greenlee
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Kevin Smith
Executive Producer
Jonathan Gordon
Executive Producer
Diane Lederman
Set Decorator
Glen Trew
Sound/Sound Designer
Diane Heery
Avy Kaufman