Avoiding Jersey Girl
since its release in 2004 has been relatively easy. The Kevin Smith directed romantic comedy didn’t do too well in commercial release and hasn’t found a new life on DVD. We might all chalk it up to Ben Affleck’s career hitting the skids around the time the film was released, average performances turned in by the film’s actors or even the cheese ball soundtrack on which various women sing accompanied by acoustic guitars. But really, it was probably just that Smith was a bit out of his depth, attempting to insert more than a modicum of serious relationship discussion. Chasing Amy
worked well enough, but that movie was actually consistently funny as opposed to being sporadically hilarious like Jersey Girl
“Excellent droning,” says a teacher to her elementary school class after they collectively repeat some learned phrase without fully comprehending its meaning. Set in a Catholic school, the opening of the film feels deeply personal as Smith has been rather vocal regarding his relationship to religion. Of course, pretty much everything afterwards feels contrived.
That empty, vacuous feeling might be attributed to the performance, though. George Carlin is and should be considered an important part of American history. His just not a good actor and probably shouldn’t have been featured so prominently as the Affleck character’s father. Stephen Root, who folks might recognize either from Coen Brothers’ movies or his stint on Newsradio, would have done a far sight better instead of simply being Carlin’s sidekick.