Jersey
Girl

 

Just out, with mixed reviews, is the movie Jersey Girl. Frankly, I don't think they've asked any fathers what they think. Especially fathers raising daughters. But, it wouldn't take much for any father to transpose the situation to their own life. Try this on for size.

Rate yourself as being an involved, conscious parent, including any excuses you might have about not having enough time. Then, think what you might have to do differently if your child's mother died - today. Then, go see the movie. By yourself. After it's over, spend some time thinking about your life as a parent and what you might do differently, now, before a crisis happens along. Hopefully, it will never happen. However, it wouldn't hurt to make changes now to be even a stronger influence on you child's life. We'd like to hear what you have to say. Click on Feedback on the sidebar after you see the movie and let us know.

Excerpts of the story line as originally written by Mike Clark of U.S.A. Today:

It stars an incredible 7 year old Raquel Castro, with supporting cast of Ben Affleck, George Carlin, Jennifer Lopez and Liv Tyler.

Affleck is happily overworked as New York's hottest music publicist until wife Lopez dies in childbirth. Then he melts down while multitasking during a Hard Rock Cafe news conference. While ranting at reporters, he insults client Will Smith, which gets him banished back to hometown Highlands, NJ There, seven years later, he sweeps streets and lives with his dad (creatively case George Carlin) while raising his daughter. Girl's great find is young Raquel Castro as the daughter. Looking as if she really could be J. Lo offspring, she brings out the best in Affleck. A climactic school talent show also is inspired, providing the movie the twist it needs. PG-13.

Kids-in-Mind gives this movie a 5 out of 10 on sex and nudity, 3 on violence & gore and 5 on profanity. See http://www.kids-in-mind.com/j/jerseygirl.htm

A man (Ben Affleck) and his infant daughter move to New Jersey leaving their glamorous life in Manhattan behind after his wife dies in child birth and he is fired from his job. The man struggles to cope with his grief and become a single parent with the help of his father (George Carlin). He longs for his old life and continues to try to recapture the old days by interviewing for jobs in New York. When he finally gets a job offer he must decide between that and the family he has created with his daughter and father in New Jersey. Also with Liv Tyler, Raquel Castro and Jason Biggs. Directed by Kevin Smith. [1:43]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman kiss passionately, take off some articles of clothing (we see the woman in her bra (cleavage and bare abdomen), they continue kissing, the man caresses the woman's breasts, they hide in a shower and a young girl finds them there. A man and a woman kiss passionately, and lie back on the floor. Also man and a woman kiss in other scenes. A woman takes a man by the hand and says, "we're gonna have some sex." A woman asks a man about his "pornographic movie rental practices" when he tries to rent an adult movie at the video store where she works, she then quizzes him about his sex life and pornography during a dinner. A woman talks with a man about masturbation. A man and a woman dance, the man dips the woman and they hug. A man hugs a man in a few scenes. A young boy (5 or 6) pulls down his pants for a girl of the same age so that she can look at his private parts (nothing is exposed to us); then the little girl lifts her skirt to show the little boy her private parts (again, nothing is exposed to us). We see a nude baby girl at delivery, and we see a baby girl's private parts and buttocks while having her diaper changed. A man is bare-chested while shaving. A young girl asks her father about the size of his endowment. Women wear low-cut tops and dresses revealing cleavage, bare backs and shoulders. A number of women at a party wear fur tube tops that reveal cleavage and bare abdomens. We see sonogram images of fetuses in the womb.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A woman in labor and during delivery screams and complains of pain, then falls unconscious and we hear that she has died of an aneurysm. A man's throat is slit on stage in a play and fake blood spurts from the wound; there's another similar scene from a play, which is less gory (blood does not spurt). We see a baby at delivery covered with blood and fluids. Two men yell at each other, a man yells at a woman, and a man and a little girl yell at each other in a few scenes. A man yells in frustration. A man grieves when he's told his wife is dead. A man talks about not wanting to die alone. A man drives his car in the path of a street sweeper in order to make it stop. We see a soiled diaper and people react with disgust. A man changes a baby's diaper and makes a face -- reacting to the odor.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 19 sexual references, 29 scatological terms (3 mild), 12 anatomical terms (2 mild), 20 mild obscenities, 2 religious profanities, 44 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family, parental responsibilities, love, grief, death of a spouse, single parenting, lying, change, casual sex, Adolf Hitler, self-respect, the PR industry, desperation, bisexuality, pornography.

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