Let me say this though, this movie is good despite Jason Biggs. This guy conned his way into another one of my favorite director’s movies last year (Woody Allen’s ANYTHING ELSE) and it’s really starting to irk me now. He’s not so much bad as he is “just there.” He’s the same in every movie and I know a ‘no name’ actor would’ve complimented this movie much, much more. That being said, Affleck’s daughter, played by the adorable Raquel Castro, will win you over right away and one of my all-time favorite comics, George Carlin, does an equally good job of playing mostly against part. In other words, the rest of the cast is ace. I would’ve killed for a Brian O’Halloran cameo though. Also, Smith’s choice of songs, especially in the latter half of the film, are absolutely perfect for their chosen moments and scenes; the Fleetwood Mac, Pete Townsend and Bruce Springsteen songs in particular. JERSEY GIRL is not a masterpiece (as CLERKS is), but that’s not what Smith set out to do, all he wanted to do is make a touching father & daughter movie that would bring you equal amounts of laughter and heart – and succeeded.
Despite Jason Biggs.
Audio Commentary by Smith, producer Scott Mosier and Jason Mewes: 11/10. Jason Mewes is a great, great, great man. He’s asked to put himself in the shoes of the viewer while watching this with Smith and Mosier. Mewes’ drug history is also discussed. These commentary tracks are gold!
The Tonight Show’s “Roadside Attractions” featuring Kevin Smith: These are some of the segments Smith does for Leno once in a while. It basically involves Smith traveling around to some cities in the U.S. (in states like New York, Washington and Florida), visiting peculiar sites there and then cracking wise. This is Kevin Smith “watered down”, but he nonetheless does get a few quality zingers in there. This feature includes an intro by Smith and a separate segment on the set of JERSEY GIRL on their last day of shooting (also featured on The Tonight Show). An 8/10…I’ve decided, just this once, to grade all these extras.
From Mallrats to Jersey Girl: Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck Talk Shop: 27 minutes of Affleck and Smith reminiscing about the beginnings and progression of their friendship and the films they’ve done together. Clips of the films are interjected throughout. Seriously, it’s worth it for the GOOD WILL HUNTING sequel clip from JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK alone. More Affleck and Smith hijinx…you can’t go wrong. 10/10
Behind-The-Scenes Special: 16 minutes of the interviews and behind the scenes stuff that you’re used to, but twice as fun because Smith’s involved and Scotty Mosier looks like he just smoked a banana peel. A solid 8/10 for this one…
Text Interviews with Cast & Crew: Tons and tons of text interviews and observations done by writer Anthony Teofilo while he spent ten days with the cast and crew in Philadelphia, PA and Paulsboro, NJ while filming JERSEY GIRL. This just about covers any little detail about the film you didn’t already know about from the previous features. A great addition. 8/10
Important notice: The DVD's cover box is one of the plainest and ugliest ones you’ll see this year; it doesn’t even come close to encapsulating the idea of the movie and for some demented reason, Jason Biggs, who has a small part in the film, is featured more prominently than Raquel Castro!! Christ, the movie is called JERSEY GIRL not THAT EGGHEAD FROM AMERICAN PIE! I’m a little disappointed Smith didn’t raise hell in trying to prevent this travesty from happening. Who knows, maybe he did… The theatrical poster was just fine! Arggggggghhh!!