Jersey Girl is a 2004 American comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith. It stars Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, George Carlin and Jennifer Lopez. The movie received mixed reviews and the public didn't give the movie a chance after the Gigli debacle and the overexposure of Bennifer. Synopsis:
Ollie Trinke (Ben Affleck) is a smooth and successful Manhattan music publicist who seems to have it all. When his perfect life is suddenly tragically upended - leaving him as a single father unqualified for the role - he snaps.
Before long Ollie's big city life is a memory. Out of a job and out of luck, he reluctantly moves in with his father (George Carlin) back home to the New Jersey suburb where he was raised. It is the lowest point in his life. Just ask him.
The years pass and with them Ollie's plans for his future. Stuck in an unexciting, dead-end job, he sees no way out and no way back to the life he used to love. But he adores his young daughter Gertie (Raquel Castro), and she loves their life in the 'burbs. To her, Jersey is paradise.
While renting Gertie's favorite movie for the zillionth time one day, Ollie meets Maya (Liv Tyler), who challenges his priorities and perspective. He begins to realize that sometimes you have to forget about who you thought you were, accept who you are and acknowledge what makes you happy.
A dramatic comedy from writer/director, Kevin Smith, JERSEY GIRL reveals the honest, heartfelt and often amusing story about the man who wanted it all but got all that he needed. The Casting of Gertrude
In May 2002, it was announced that Jennifer was in talks to appear in the film. (MTV)
When Kevin Smith was casting the film, his wife suggested Jennifer for the role of Gertrude because she had just seen her in The Wedding Planner and liked her in it. Kevin Smith told her that Ben Affleck just did a movie with her and probably wouldn't want to work with her again so soon. A week later, Affleck called him to tell him that he gave the script to Jennifer and that she loved it and that she could be great for the film (they weren't dating at the time).Kevin Smith on Jennifer
When I spoke recently to Smith about â€œJerseyâ€