The story of a publicist
, named Ollie (Olliver)'s fantastic New York life. That is, until tragedy strikes and he has to live with his dad
in New Jersey
with his daughter. Family fun ensues as he tries to cope, with the help of his family
If that description is too vague, here is what it says on the box: "Hollywood favorites Ben Affleck
, The Sum of All Fears
) and Liv Tyler
(The Lord of the Rings
) shine in this heartwarming all-star comedy about a guy who thinks he's lost it all, only to discover he's got everything he needs! Ollie (Affleck) is a smooth and successful big-city publicist who has the life he's always wanted - until things take an unexpected turn and he finds himself an unemployed single father back living with his dad in the suburbs. But just when he thinks his life has hit rock bottom, a sexy, no-nonsense video store clerk (Tyler) enters his life and shows Ollie that sometimes you have to forget who thought you were and acknowledge what really makes you happy. Also starring Jennifer Lopez
(Maid In Manhattan
) and Jason Biggs (American Pie
) - director Kevin Smith
(Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
) has delivered another hit critics are calling one of the year's funniest!
Jersey Girl demonstrates the following tropes:
- Beleaguered Assistant: Arthur.
- Chekhov's Gun: Gertie always forgetting to flush the toilet. The one time she remembers on her own is the one time Ollie wouldn't have wanted her to...
- Death by Childbirth: Gertrude
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: The entire reason Ollie had to move back in with his dad.
- Flushing Toilet, Screaming Shower: How Gertie ends up catching Ollie and Maya, who are standing in the shower when Gertie flushes the toilet.
- Grumpy Old Man: George Carlin
- Interrupted Intimacy: Ollie gets caught with Maya by Gertie, who switches roles with him, mirroring a previous scene involving his daughter.
- It Will Never Catch On: Ollie doesn't think the star of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will be able to carry a huge summer action film.
- Magical Negro: Will Smith's appearance (as himself) has shades of this.
- Swapped Roles : After Gertie catches Ollie in the shower with Maya.
- Take That: Many. Notably:
- In universe, Ollie delivers a massive one to Will Smith (just prior to the release of Independence Day).
- Cats is apparently "the second worst thing to ever happen to New York."
- Trailers Always Spoil: Interesting example. Gertrude dying was supposed to be a major twist and Jennifer Lopez was meant to get a top billing. However after Gigli flopped with critics and audiences Bennifer started suffering from a major Hype Backlash. In attempt at damage control Lopez was Demoted to Extra and her death became a major part of advertising campaign.
- Undermined By Reality: A bit of an unusual case. Originally the plan was to advertise the movie as being all about the relationship between Affleck and Lopez's characters, making Lopez's death early on a huge shock. But by the time it was released Gigli and the general public being utterly sick of them as a couple had killed this plan's viability, so the twist was put right in the trailers, leaving the film with little real identity of its own.
- The Verse: Averted. One of the reasons for this film's commercial failure was that it wasn't set in the View Askewniverse.
- World of Snark: it is a Kevin Smith film, after all.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Bart calls Ollie out a few times when he isn't the father he should be.