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Jersey Girl

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Formulaic script and uneven tone. Disappointing.

Movie PG-13 2021 103 minutes
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age 12+

nice cute movie!

a very cute movie i liked it . uh a movie mostly for tweens and teens i have no problem with this movie and if i had childen yes i would let them watch it . besides its a really cute fun movie love Ben Affleck!
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The jokes in JERSEY GIRL movie are so flat, so easy, so boring. Can you really think it's funny to have Ollie, circa 1997, try to persuade reporters that George Michael is "all about the ladies?" And a "meet cute" over bisexual porn in the video store? Having a young child sing Mrs. Lovett's role in "Sweeney Todd" at a school production isn't as charming as you think it is (though it is pretty funny that all of the other children perform numbers from "Cats"). The two barflies who act as Gertie's "uncles" aren't as cute as you think they are, either. Bart's alcohol problem comes and goes for the convenience of the script. The "playing doctor" scene and subsequent twist feels like a "very special" episode of "Full House" to the tune of "The Cat's in the Cradle."

Affleck has some affecting moments and Tyler's offbeat warmth makes their scenes together work better than they have a right to. Castro transcends her character's faux adorability with some real star power. But the formulaic script and uneven tone make this film a real disappointment.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 23, 2021
  • On DVD or streaming: September 7, 2004
  • Cast: Ben Affleck , Jennifer Lopez , Liv Tyler
  • Director: Kevin Smith
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Latino actors
  • Studio: Miramax
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 103 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: language and sexual content including frank dialogue
  • Last updated: November 1, 2023

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