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Creator/KevinSmith’s first foray into more traditional Hollywood filmmaking, as well as his first film not to be set in the View Askewniverse.

Ollie (Creator/BenAffleck) is a workaholic music publicist living comfortably in [[BigApplesauce New York City]] whose wife Gertrude (JenniferLopez) [[DeathByChildbirth tragically dies in childbirth]]. His responsibility for his newborn daughter eventually cost him his job, forcing him to move into his father’s (Creator/GeorgeCarlin) house in New Jersey. From then on, it’s the story of Ollie’s 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 LoveItOrHateIt for all the of the reasons one might expect: its casting of Affleck and Lopez was horribly timed, as it came before the “Bennifer” crazy, which [[DeaderThanDisco died out]] with the abysmal failure of ''{{Gigli}}'' shortly before this film was released. It was also a huge overhaul of Kevin Smith’s traditions (small budgets, quarter-life crisis stories, excessive swearing), which [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks alienated a lot of fans and had critics accusing him of selling out]].

Like most of Smith’s films, it eventually [[VindicatedByHistory found its place on home video]].

!!''Jersey Girl'' demonstrates the following tropes:

* BeleagueredAssistant: Arthur.
* BrickJoke: Gertie repeatedly asks her dad to take her to see ''{{Theatre/Cats}}'', but because it's no longer running, they see ''SweeneyTodd'' instead. Later, at the school pageant, they're the only ones who ''don't'' sing "Memory."
* ChekhovsGun: Gertie always forgetting to flush the toilet. The one time she remembers on her own is [[InterruptedIntimacy the one time]] [[FlushingToiletScreamingShower Ollie wouldn't have wanted her to]]...
* DeathByChildbirth: [[spoiler:Gertrude]]
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: The entire reason Ollie had to move back in with his dad.
** And when he [[KickTheDog curses out his daughter]]. The guy should really learn to keep his mouth shut sometimes.
* FlushingToiletScreamingShower: How Gertie ends up catching Ollie and Maya, who are standing in the shower when Gertie flushes the toilet.
* GrumpyOldMan: Creator/GeorgeCarlin
* InterruptedIntimacy: Ollie gets caught with Maya by Gertie, who [[SwappedRoles switches roles with him]], mirroring a previous scene involving his daughter.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Ollie doesn't think [[Creator/WillSmith the star]] of ''Series/FreshPrinceOfBelAir'' will be able to carry a [[Film/IndependenceDay huge summer action film]].
* MagicalNegro: WillSmith's appearance (as himself) has shades of this.
* SwappedRoles : After Gertie catches Ollie in the shower with Maya.
* TakeThat: Many. Notably:
** In universe, Ollie delivers a massive one to Creator/WillSmith (just prior to the release of ''Film/IndependenceDay'').
** ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' is apparently "the second worst thing to ever happen to New York."
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Interesting example. [[spoiler:Gertrude dying]] was supposed to be a major twist and JenniferLopez was meant to get a top billing. However after {{Gigli}} flopped with critics and audiences [[PortmanteauCoupleName Bennifer]] started suffering from a major HypeBacklash. In attempt at damage control Lopez was DemotedToExtra and [[spoiler: her death]] became a major part of advertising campaign.
* UnderminedByReality: 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.
* TheVerse: Averted. One of the reasons for this film's commercial failure was that it '''wasn't''' set in the ViewAskewniverse.
* WorldOfSnark: it ''is'' a Creator/KevinSmith film, after all.
* WhamLine: "I HATE YOU TOO, YOU LITTLE [[PrecisionFStrike SHIT]]! [[KickTheDog YOU AND MOMMY TOOK MY LIFE AWAY FROM ME!!]]"
* WhatTheHellHero: Bart calls Ollie out a few times when he isn't the father he should be.
** The audience undoubtably thinks this when Ollie accuses his daughter of stealing his life away from him. To her face, no less.