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Film: Jersey Girl

Kevin Smithís first foray into more traditional Hollywood filmmaking, as well as his first film not to be set in the View Askewniverse.

Ollie (Ben Affleck) is a workaholic music publicist living comfortably in New York City whoís wife Gertrude (Jennifer Lopez) tragically dies in childbirth. His responsibility for his newborn daughter eventually cost him his job, forcing him to move into his fatherís (George Carlin) house in New Jersey. From then on, itís the story of Ollieís shaky attempts to raise his daughter, whom he named after her deceased mother, as a single parent, all while deciding whether or not to return to the ritzy life in New York with her.

The film is very Love It or Hate It for all the of the reasons one might expect: itís casting of Affleck and Lopez was horribly timed, as it came before the ďBenniferĒ crazy, which died out with the abysmal failure of Gigli shortly before this film was released. It was also a huge overhaul of Kevin Smithís traditions (small budgets, quarter-life crisis stories, excessive swearing), which alienated a lot of fans and had critics accusing him of selling out.

Like most of Smithís films, it eventually found itís place on home video.

Jersey Girl demonstrates the following tropes: