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Jersey Girl
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Directed By
Kevin Smith

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

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Jersey Girl (2004)
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Movie Review by Zara
January 27th, 2007

I Just Can't Get Behind it

I'm a Kevin Smith fan. Well, I'm slowly beginning to adjust that statement to reflect as such: I WAS a Kevin Smith fan.

While I shall forever love and appreciate the man who brought me CLERKS (the original ONLY), MALLRATS, CHASING AMY and DOGMA, I simply can't stand behind the fat man who lucked out, married a hot chick and replicated with her. Something snapped within Smith after finding the easy life.

I understand that I can't expect directors to always make the exact same crap over and over. But I would like to think that the core values of a director will never change. While I don't think that Smith needs to constantly try and reproduce the vulgar genius of his first few movies, it was really the fact that he cut through the sh*t and told it like it was that made people like his work so much.

The story in JERSEY GIRL follows a man who falls in love with a woman (yeah, I can't get over the Ben/Jen bullsh*t that was going on when this was being filmed. Smith knew it as well and that is why he cut so much of her role out of the movie), marries her, makes a kid with her and then loses her when she dies after childbirth. Big whoop. That story's been told over and over and over.

It's hard to think of new ideas all the time, but that's what Smith's first 4 movies accomplished. They took a point of view that hadn't been explored and put a stamp forever on film history. But as time has gone by, it's feeling as if Smith just isn't trying anymore. He's simply taking from the book that's in front of him and writing about his experiences in life.

That's fine for any other director. It might even be good for Smith if he could pull it off. The problem is that he's not built for making light-hearted observations on life. His view is best represented when he takes something simple and looks at it from a slightly skewed angle. Hell, he should realize this fact, it's what he named his production company "View Askew," isn't it?

The movie disappointed me. Thoroughly and depressingly so. This is not a good movie, not a good script, not a good story and certainly not what Smith should be doing ever again.

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