My Super Ex-Girlfriend

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My Super Ex-Girlfriend
Review (7.5/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)


Hot on the heels of the summer-time hit "Superman Returns" comes another "super" movie, "My Super Ex-Girlfriend". This time, Luke Wilson stars as Matt Saunders, a New York City architect who doesn't know how to do up a tie and who has recently been kicked to the curb by yet another woman. Matt is being encouraged by his best friend Vaughn (Rainn Wilson) to be more persistant and more confident when it comes to the opposite sex. At the behest of Vaughn, Matt approaches an ordinary looking gal on the subway and after a few bumps in the road, the couple are quickly involved in a somewhat committed relationship. Matt finds Jenny Johnson (Uma Thurman) to be a bit bizarre and rather clingy but he's getting laid so he puts up with her erratic behaviour. It is not long before Matt discovers that much of Jenny's peculiar demeanor has to do with the fact that she is G-Girl, a New York City superhero who fights crime and averts disaster by day and turns into your average, everyday jealous girlfriend at night. During their courtship, Jenny becomes exceedingly envious of Matt's close relationship with his co-worker Hannah (Anna Faris) and when Matt can no longer tolerate Jenny and her disturbing attitude, he gives her the big, fat boot. Because of this, Jenny does something that I am sure many dumpees around the world could only wish they could do - she uses her powers to make Matt's life a living hell. She does things like puts his car into orbit (yes, orbit as in space), strips him naked during an important meeting (the second "Wilson" ass to be displayed on the big screen this month) and throws a live shark at him (hahahahahaha). One could only dream of possessing such powers. Matt is forced to fight back and enlists the help of the cunning Professor Bedlam (Eddie Izzard) to help rid his life of the wrath of G-Girl and her ruthless barrage of destructive but rather humourous tactics.

My Super Ex-Girlfriend is not the movie I was expecting in many respects. I was expecting a light-hearted, clean comedy and for the most part, that's what this movie is, but it's a whole lot raunchier than I imagined it would be. There is a scene where Matt and Jenny's sexual escapades break his bed, another with Jenny using her G-Girl powers to give a whole new meaning to the term "mile high club" and as I mentioned earlier, yet another with Luke Wilson's bare smelly ass gracing the screen. Oddly enough, fans of Uma should not expect her to be prancing around the screen in tight outfits with her magnificent bossum illuminating the screen. Sadly, she spends a lot of her screen time with a wig, glasses and dressed like a librarian. At least she's incognito, unlike Superman, who puts on a pair of glasses, acts like a dork and suddenly the entire world has no clue who he really is.

Nevertheless, My Super Ex is a relatively humourous, somewhat entertaining movie and certainly a gratifying way to spend 90 minutes and ten dollars of your life. The movie does have a few editing issues - one scene seemed to skip a whole line of dialogue and in another, I could swear that Matt called Anna Faris's character "Anna" instead of "Hannah" (I know they sound similar, but trust me, I know the difference between those names.) They also never really explain the name "G-Girl", at least that I can remember and it sure would have been nice to know why she called herself that considering the question even comes up in the movie. And in another scenerio, Matt tells Vaughn that he's dating G-Girl and then a short time later, Vaughn seems surprised that the two are dating - what was up with that? Maybe that's just me being a bit too picky. It was also nice to see Anna Faris in a movie that doesn't begin with the word "Scary" and she seemed to do a good job in the flick, although near the end she does become more of the goofy character that we have come to know her as.

In the end, I have to admit, I thought My Super Ex wasn't all that bad. It was nice to see a movie that isn't your typical superhero movie and to see someone with special powers use them in ways that many of us could only dream of using them - especially those of us in a dying or already dead relationship. I've been in enough of them. I should know. I liked the subtle humour of the movie. I liked the dynamic between Matt and Vaughn and to be quite honest, ladies, that is how most of us men talk to each other - exactly like they do in the movie. I'm sure women will be up in arms about how they are portrayed in the movie but relax ladies - it's just a movie. I didn't see too many men getting upset about Brokeback Mountain. It's strange that out of the two movies released this month starring a Wilson brother that the better movie is the one with Luke. When was the last time that happened?

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