DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005
Starring Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, George Carlin, Jennifer Lopez (for 2 seconds), Stephen Root
Written By: Kevin Smith
Directed By: Kevin Smith
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Ben Affleck plays Ollie Trinkie, a publicist in New York City. He loves his job, he loves his city, and most importantly, he loves his wife, Gertrude (Lopez). When his wife dies giving birth to their daughter, he is at a loss. He makes his father (Carlin) care for his daughter, in New Jersey, while he submerges himself in his job. When his father refuses to help any longer, Ollie cracks under the pressure and loses his job. He moves out of the city and decides to be the best father he can. Five years later, his daughter is in kindergarten, and Ollie works for the Sanitation. He meets Maya, a grad student, at the video store. Through Maya, his daughter, and his father, he learns what is important in life, and comes to terms with who he really is.
I guess Kevin Smith wanted to make a movie for the ladies. Although Clerks, Mallrats and Chasing Amy all deal with relationships, this one is definitely on the watered down side. As far as watered-down, chick-flick, relationship movies go, this one isn’t bad. I suppose. It gets the desired affect and leaves you with a sense of warmth, but where’s all the anger that is usually associated with Kevin Smith movies? Ben Affleck may not have been the wisest choice either. His sarcasm goes over well, but when he is required to be emotional, he falls a little flat. The best performances were by Raquel Castro (the little girl) George Carlin, and Jason Biggs. Liv Tyler was exactly what she was supposed to be, but that’s nothing exceptional. I suppose over all the movie wasn’t bad, just not what you’d expect from Kevin Smith.
The extras are the typical commentaries and the usual “Making Of.” As far as general movie watchers, the extras are passable, but for Kevin Smith junkies, wait to see if there’s a special edition.
– Feature Commentary With Writer/Director Kevin Smith and Actor Ben Affleck
– Feature Commentary With, Producer Scott Mosier and Special guest Jason Mewes
– From Mallrats to Jersey Girl: Kevin Smith And Ben Affleck Talk Shop
– The Tonight Show’s “Roadside Attractions” Featuring Kevin
– Smith Behind-The-Scenes Special
– Text Interviews With Cast And Crew
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Favorite Scenes: the bar scenes with George Carlin, when Ollie flips out on the press, and the scene with Will Smith.
Running Time: 102 minutes