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Jersey Girl
Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 89 (Oct 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, George Carlin, Stephen Root, Mike Starr, Raquel Castro, Jason Biggs & Jennifer Lopez

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include two audio commentary tracks: one by writer/director Kevin Smith and actor Ben Affleck and the other featuring Smith, producer Scott Mosier, and special guest Jason Mewes. Other features include four episodes in the series of Roadside Attractions With Kevin Smith as seen on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno with an introduction by Smith, as well as an on-set featurette from Jersey Girl (you just have to watch these), a 27-minute Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck interview, a 16-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, and text interviews with the cast and crew. There are also up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 36727
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Language And Sexual Content, Including Frank Dialogue.
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 102
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/07/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Kevin Smith
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In the wake of personal tragedy, Ollie Trinke (Affleck) is left with an infant daughter and a busy job as a music publicist in Manhattan. Tremendously stressed and emotionally shattered, Ollie blows a major press event and is forced to move to New Jersey to live with his father (Carlin). Taking a dead-end job, Ollie subdues his dreams and decides to devote himself to raising Gertie (Castro). But when he strikes up a friendship with Maya (Tyler), a pretty Jersey Girl who works at a video store, Ollie begins to come out of his shell. When a chance to get back into the music industry arises, Ollie is ready to leave his life in New Jersey behind him, but Gertie (Castro) insists that she doesn't want to move to New York. Warmer and fuzzier than what usually comes from Kevin Smith (Clerks, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back), Jersey Girl is a nice inclusion to any DVD library. As always, read the end credits.SH

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD picture exhibits satisfying quality for the genre, with a nicely saturated color palette. Fleshtones appear well balanced and blacks are deep and solid. While details are adequate, the picture does exhibit slightly soft characteristics. Pixel breakup is noticed on quite a few occasions and edge enhancement can also be a problem with this title. (Suzanne Hodges)

Jersey Girl exhibits the same dialogue-heavy style usually found in Kevin Smith films. The dialogue in this Dolby