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Overall Rating
2.48

Awesome: 0%
Worth A Look: 21.21%
Average30.3%
Pretty Bad: 24.24%
Total Crap: 24.24%

3 reviews, 15 user ratings


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My Super Ex-Girlfriend
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by EricDSnider

"So you've got something against women. Wouldn't therapy have been cheaper?"
3 stars

A terrific idea for a comedy would be where a guy breaks up with a jealous, clingy girlfriend who turns out to have superpowers that she can use to his detriment. A terrific execution of that idea is not to be found in "My Super Ex-Girlfriend," which has occasional spurts of laughter but is otherwise benign and dopey.

Uma Thurman plays the superhero, G-Girl, who in her daily life is a mousy art gallery employee named Jenny Johnson. Her new boyfriend, Matt Saunders (Luke Wilson), is a non-descript designer-or-developer-or-architect-or-something (you know, like the guys in most movies), and he finds her superpowers awesome at first. Then he realizes she's kinda crazy and dumps her.

Well. If you think a psycho chick scorned is bad, wait'll you see a psycho chick scorned who also has super-strength and the ability to fly! Watch out, non-descript Matt Saunders, because this psycho chick is pee-oh'd!

I'm no feminist, but it seems like this movie has little regard for women. In flashback, we see how a teenage Jenny first got her powers. One of the signs? Her breasts grew larger and guys started thinking she was pretty. As a grownup, she's the film's female lead yet has a one-dimensional personality, a walking (and flying) punchline to a joke about how dumping a needy girl is always such a pain in the butt. Her midair cat fight with another superheroine is gazed upon by horny, awestruck men. If the filmmakers ("Simpsons" writer Don Payne and director Ivan Reitman) were going for a spoof of how comic book heroines are always ridiculously busty sex objects, they haven't succeeded at the "spoof" part. For all its Girl Power posturing, the movie is really making the opposite statement.

And it's not doing it very funnily, either, which is the main problem I have with it. Heck, go for outright misogyny, as long as you're funny about it. There are a few delightfully absurd moments, and Wilson (more subdued than his grandstanding brother Owen) has a wry delivery that suits his character's situation. Rainn Wilson (from TV's "The Office") lends support as Matt's bad-advice-dispensing best friend; Eddie Izzard gets a chuckle or two as G-Girl's archenemy. But Uma Thurman is disappointingly flat, the amusing Anna Faris doesn't get any funny lines as Matt's co-worker, and the hilarious Wanda Sykes is underused and pointless as Matt's boss.

So not only are the women shrieky and one-dimensional, but they aren't given anything funny to do, either. This is a waste of good talent and a waste of a good idea.

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originally posted: 07/21/06 16:16:12
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User Comments

2/16/16 oz1701 a germ of a good idea ruined by its execution 2 stars
6/21/10 Man Out 6 Bucks Fun film 4 stars
1/13/09 Anonymous. wow this movie wasn't that bad. i thought it was cute :] haha 3 stars
10/01/08 PAUL SHORTT A ONE JOKE FILM THAT RUNS ITS COMEDIC COURSE IN ABOUT 30 MINUTES 1 stars
9/14/08 Natalie Myers Another notch in Uma Turdman's pistol of descent into Harpydom. 1 stars
11/21/06 Michele not a bad idea but not well done 2 stars
11/02/06 Wendy Thompson Superhero my feces! Superheroes DON'T brutally stalk their former lovers! 1 stars
10/17/06 But, duh, Peter S.! Matt didn't have to turn to any life of super-villainy to get boxed around by super-harpy! 1 stars
9/30/06 Jeff Anderson Appallingly unfunny & a sad waste of Thurman in a great role! Awful special effects, too. 1 stars
9/30/06 Regina Haniger Gad! Uma Turdman must be the antichrist! Yuck! Yuck! 1000x Yuck! 1 stars
9/30/06 Jenny Tullwartz Much more atrocious than I imagined it could be and 23 times more preposterous! Zero stars. 1 stars
8/11/06 michael be sure to be drunk before seeing this or wait for the DVD 3 stars
8/10/06 Dragon The Artist My gut say its just another corny concepted perverse comedy& not very funny. 1 stars
7/29/06 Troy M. Grzych The idea was cool, but the movie became too goofy. 3 stars
7/24/06 Mase Probably would've worked better in the 80's,but in a light mood you might enjoy. 3 stars
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USA
  21-Jul-2006 (PG-13)
  DVD: 19-Dec-2006

UK
  04-Aug-2006 (12A)

Australia
  20-Jul-2006 (M)


Directed by
  Ivan Reitman

Written by
  Don Payne

Cast
  Uma Thurman
  Luke Wilson
  Anna Faris
  Eddie Izzard
  Rainn Wilson
  Wanda Sykes



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