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My Super Ex-Girlfriend
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by Peter Sobczynski

"Not Even SuperUma Can Save This Chunk of Comedic Kryptonite"
2 stars

“My Super Ex-Girlfriend” has so much going for it–a promising premise, a director adept at handling both comedy and large-scale special effects at the same time and the ideal casting of Uma Thurman in the title role–that I found myself still giving it the benefit of the doubt even after one bumpy and ill-conceived sequence after another. Unfortunately, it never manages to catch fire and winds up essentially squandering those elements on a sour, unpleasant and vaguely misogynistic mess that becomes even more frustrating because of the isolated moments where things do come together enough for us to get our hopes up before falling to pieces once again.

Luke Wilson is Matt Saunders, an amiable dope whose is gun-shy on dating after his last couple of relationships went sour. On the subway, he meets Jenny Johnson (Uma Thurman), a sexy/dowdy art historian, and impresses her by recovering her purse after it is grabbed by a mugger. They start dating and Matt begins to notice some odd things about her–she’s a little high-strung, a little needy and she always seems to have to run off to the bathroom just as a major disaster looms–but he is able to overlook those odd details because a.) she looks like Uma Thurman and b.) she is so aggressive in the sack that not only does the earth move, the bed nearly does the same through the wall behind it. Finally, after witnessing her survive being hit head-on by a truck with nary a scratch, Jenny lets Matt in on her big secret–she is really G-Girl, the city’s top superheroine thanks to magical powers bestowed upon her from a meteor she touched when she was a gawky teenager.

For a while, all is swell–especially Jenny’s unique version of the mile-high club–but eventually, her neediness, possessiveness and jealousy begins to drive Matt crazy and he decides to break up with her for good. Needless to say, she doesn’t take this very well–especially since she is convinced that Matt has dumped her for cute co-worker Hannah (Anna Faris)–and she proceeds to use her superpowers to make his life a living hell. In the world of bad break-ups, it is not uncommon for one party to scrawl a nasty message on the side of the others car–few besides Jenny would take the extra step of then launching the car into outer space. After Jenny causes him to lose his job and nearly kills him by throwing something through a bedroom window slightly bigger than a rock (which might have been the funniest bit in the film if the trailers hadn’t given it away), Matt finds himself driven to desperation and becomes ensnared in a plot by the evil Professor Bedlam (Eddie Izzard) to strip her of her powers once and for all.

Like I said, this is a promising idea for a movie–a goofball spoof of the notion of the flawed superhero that has been explored more seriously in the “Spider-Man” and “X-Men” films–but “My Super Ex-Girlfriend” makes a couple of miscalculations so grand that they grind the film to a halt. One is that instead of making Jenny an endearing neurotic driven to distraction when her personal life isn’t as clear-cut as her professional one, Don Payne’s screenplay makes her a nasty, spiteful and vindictive type whose romantic miseries are mostly her fault and whose reaction to getting dumped is so far over-the-top that it ceases being funny and starts being creepy. Tossing the car into space? Sort of funny. Turning on her heat-vision to scrawl an obscenity into Matt’s forehead and nearly boil his pet goldfish? Not funny at all. Actually, the film’s entire attitude towards women is a little on the creepy side–the only way that Payne can think of to conclude his story is to have to two lead female characters engage in a street-smashing cat-fight that seems to go on forever without ever inspiring one genuine laugh.

Another problem is the ill-advised construction of the story. The whole idea of a super-heroine (and come to think of it, this film would never have been made–certainly not as a comedy–if the genders were reversed) getting revenge on an ex doesn’t even kick in until the film is nearly two-thirds of the way over–instead, we are treated to one scene after another in which Jenny acts clingy, possessive and mildly destructive while Matt stands around looking sheepish long after any potential comedy has been milked from the idea. The special effects are also a disappointment–very few of them (with the exception of what gets hurled through the window) work as comedy and none are spectacular enough to work simply as eye candy. (This is especially bewildering considering that director Ivan Reitman proved himself an ace at blending comedy and visual pyrotechnics with “Ghostbusters.”) And you would think that with an idea as potentially promising as this one that the screenplay could have found a way to tell its story without having to rely on such stale comedic stock characters as the wacky best pal (Rainn Wilson) and the snarky boss (Wanda Sykes) to fill out the not-exactly-extended 90-minute running time.

The most frustrating aspect of “My Super Ex-Girlfriend” is the fact that there are odd, isolated moments where things begin to jell and you can see the movie that all involved presumably saw in their heads when they signed on. The high-school flashback explaining how Jenny became G-Girl is an amusing riff on origin stories (although it also shows that she was kind of unlikable back then as well) and the ever-laconic Wilson gets off a few laughs as well with some of his ultra-dry line readings. And while it probably won’t go down as one of her great performances, Uma Thurman is a sexy and silly wonder as G-Girl. As she did in “The Producers,” she effectively cuts loose from her usual persona as a reserved goddess-type and throws herself into an otherwise silly role with far more gusto than it frankly deserves. As for the sight of her in her various fetish-inspired outfits–plenty of capes, spandex and short skirts (even while flying)–all I can say is that I can think of many people who would willingly turn to a life of super-villainy just to be accosted and boxed around by her.

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originally posted: 07/23/06 18:21:29
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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
1/12/09 Anonymous. wow this movie wasn't that bad. i thought it was cute :] haha 3 stars
9/13/08 Natalie Myers Another notch in Uma Turdman's pistol of descent into Harpydom. 1 stars
11/20/06 Michele not a bad idea but not well done 2 stars
11/01/06 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
9/29/06 Regina Haniger Gad! Uma Turdman must be the antichrist! Yuck! Yuck! 1000x Yuck! 1 stars
9/29/06 Jenny Tullwartz Much more atrocious than I imagined it could be and 23 times more preposterous! Zero stars. 1 stars
8/10/06 michael be sure to be drunk before seeing this or wait for the DVD 3 stars
8/09/06 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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  21-Jul-2006 (PG-13)
  DVD: 19-Dec-2006

  04-Aug-2006 (12A)

  20-Jul-2006 (M)

Directed by
  Ivan Reitman

Written by
  Don Payne

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

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