I got the chance to see Jersey Girl today. Kind of cool since I can't recall ever seeing a movie so long before its release.
I'd call this a transitional film from Kevin Smith since its a move away from his Jay and Silent Bob "View Askew-verse" films, trying to show he's grown over that material, and from this flick he's going to move onto more high budget, high concept fare with Green Hornet or Fletch Won.
Overall, I'd say it was just ok, I don't think it was a great film. I don't like Ben Affleck and was not impressed by his performance. The girl who plays his daughter Gertie, Raquel Castro, was pretty good and so was George Carlin and his drinking buddies, Stephen Root and Mike Starr. Liv Tyler was cute, but I still think she looks better when she has pointy ears and wearing long, transparent gowns . I got the feeling watching the film that quite a bit of the Jennifer Lopez footage was trashed since her character doesn't get any kind of real introduction or backstory. The romance with Affleck and Lopez's characters came off as awfully rushed in the film. Right before I saw the screening I read Smith cut a wedding scene out of the film so people wouldn't be "confused."
The movie's rated PG-13, but Smith still packs in plenty of low-brow, sex, masturbation, and toilet humor. Makes me wonder if when he makes his next film, Green Hornet and Kato will get into arguments over size comparisons of Americans and Asians.
FYI, the cinematography for this film was shot by the legendary Vilmos Zsigmond. David Klein shot Smith's first 3 view askew-verse films. At no point in the film do Jeff Anderson, Brian O'Halloran, Steve Dave, Walt Flanagan, Jason Mewes (Jay), or Silent Bob appear (unless you count the opening logo titles). Jason Lee and Matt Damon both show up as cameos.
(edited by The Vile1 on 28.2.04 1518)
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