In New York, the young executive Oliver \"Ollie\" Trinke is a successful PR of the music industry. He meets and falls in love with Gertrude Steiney, who soon gets pregnant. However, she dies during childbirth and Ollie decides to return to his father\'s home in New Jersey. Pressed by the situation of being a lonely father, the workaholic Ollie blows-up in an important press conference and makes a fatal statement, losing his job and becoming blacklisted in his publicist career. He promises to be the \"best father in the world\" to the young Gertie, and stays single, grieving his beloved wife, without dating any woman for seven years and trying to retrieve a position of public relation. One day, he meets the rental clerk Maya, they become friends and she helps him to supersede his past life.

Jersey Girl is about as emotionally soppy, cliched and memorable as a nappy commercial.

Jersey Girl is American director Kevin Smith\'s sixth feature film and quite a radical departure for the guy who cheerfully says that he\'s \'built a [movie] empire on foul language\' with movies such as Clerks (1994), Chasing Amy (1997) and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001). Smith is now a husband and father and so this is his grown up, coming of age film.

He casts old mate Ben Affleck as Olli Trinke, a Manhattan PR whiz who loses it all when his wife Gertrude, played by Jennifer Lopez, dies after giving birth to their daughter Gertie (Raquel Castro). Olli and new babe Gertie retreat to New Jersey to be with his dad Bart, American comedy veteran George Carlin - and there Olli learns what it means to be \'a real man\'.

Talk about off. As a fan of Kevin Smith\'s previous films (especially Chasing Amy, his most emotionally honest work to date and a film that I am proud to say made me cry), it pains me to say that he has made a truly awful film with Jersey Girl. Even his weakest films, Mallrats and Dogma far outweigh it. George Carlin is way out of sorts in his performance and Affleck does what he can with this wet material, as does Liv Tyler as his new love interest. And though we are treated to a few flashes of Smith\'s trademark dialogue, they all but tease us with what this film could have been.

Smith\'s detractors have often accused him of taking the low road in his films with their cheerful celebration of low brow culture. But he has always managed to retain a good sense of storytelling, fun, outrageous humour and emotionally honest drama which have connected to a very appreciative Gen X audience who love their pop culture, iconic characters (like Jay and Silent Bob), and romantic comedies. But boy is has Smith taken the low road with Jersey Girl, one of the wettest films about parenthood to come out since Ben Elton\'s horrifying Maybe Baby (2000).

Jersey Girl
is about as emotionally soppy, cliched and memorable as a nappy commercial. If this is what happens to \'bratty\' writer/directors when they have babies someone should take their filmmaking privileges away. Surely Smith could have come up with a better movie about being in the family way than this. Hopefully his next one The Green Hornet will be a return to the filmmaker his fans know and love.