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My Super Ex-Girlfriend
A clever spin on the romantic comedy
My Super Ex-Girlfriend
Uma Thurman and Luke Wilson in "My Super Ex-Girlfriend".
OPENING WEEKEND: $16,000,000
DOMESTIC TOTAL: $55,000,000
OTHER PREVIEWS: Alatriste (7/10)
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May 12th, 2006: Matt Saunders (Luke Wilson) is an average guy, lucky to have the gorgeous Jenny Johnson (Uma Thurman) as his girlfriend. Like in any relationship, the beginning is absolutely perfect. To Matt, Jenny seems to be the ideal woman, until she begins to exhibit exceptionally needy traits, irritating Matt to the breaking-up point. His budding romance with co-worker Hannah (Anna Faris) suddenly seems like a much better option. Unfortunately for Matt, he has just dumped the wrong woman. Jenny also happens to be a superhero named G-Girl and she’s not ready to let go quite so easily. Full of wrath and wild jealousy, she has a desire for revenge that propels her to use all her powers to destroy Matt’s new relationship.

What to Expect: Ivan Reitman, whose popular comedies like Meatballs, Stripes, Ghostbusters, and Twins dominated the box-office in the 1980s, has been in a total slump since the mid 1990s with critical and commercial failures like Father’s Day, Six Days Seven Nights, and the terribly flimsy Evolution, which was his last directorial effort back in 2001. In between those two contrasting periods, he had some success with the witty Dave and the silly, but amusing Junior, but it has been a long stretch since he has really struck the right note. Hopefully, the lengthy five-year absence, the longest since his early years in the business in the seventies, will help him recapture some of his former glory. Perhaps a screenplay by Don Payne, one of the writers for “The Simpsons,” will be the necessary foundation for a director low on ideas. As a matter of fact, he has always depended on other people’s stories for his films so it’s just a matter of picking the right one.

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In a recent interview, Reitman discussed the importance of assembling the proper cast for My Super Ex-Girlfriend. Luke Wilson, seemingly the more innocuous and well-mannered of the two famous Wilson brothers (Owen is the other), has the everyman role in the film. I think he has a natural ability to seem very ordinary. That’s not meant to sound like criticism, since “ordinary” is a quality perfectly suited for someone who has to play opposite of a superhero. Anna Farris, the star of the four Scary Movies, has proven herself to be quite capable of handling comedic material. Although it feels like she’s become typecast as the ditzy blonde, Farris has been able to impress many with her smaller roles. She was almost unrecognizable in her wonderfully cold and seductive turn in the horror film May. Two illustrious stand-up comedians have been cast in supporting roles. The lively Wanda Sykes will play Matt’s boss, while Eddie Izzard will be the film’s villain, the madcap Professor Bedlam. Rainn Wilson (no relation to the Wilson brothers), who is currently enjoying a gig with NBC’s second most popular show, “The Office,” will play Matt’s chauvinistic best friend, Vaughn. Reportedly, the movie posed a scheduling conflict with the show for Wilson, but Reitman was so determined to cast him that he guaranteed NBC a portion of his own salary if Rainn missed any workdays on “The Office.” According to Reitman, the deal was worth it if it meant that he would have the ensemble he needed. That’s all fantastic, but the director actually assembled much bigger stars for his last three films and they all still failed. If it were not for Uma Thurman, who brings a sense of ingenuity and freshness to the project, I think My Super Ex-Girlfriend would be in trouble. The Oscar-nominated actress isn’t exactly a household name when it comes to comedies, but Reitman claims that he had a good feeling about her. The same instincts allowed him to cast Arnold Schwarzenegger in his first comedy, Twins, which was a bold and ultimately brilliant idea. At the time, the future governor of California played nothing but redundant action hero parts. Hopefully, this does not mean that Thurman’s career will eventually follow a similar path, resulting in the likes of Jingle All the Way 2.

The film seems to stick to the tired relationship movie formula, but the superhero angle gives it a nice twist, a bit a la Mr. and Mrs. Smith, only without a Mr. Smith. It should prevent the romantic comedy from becoming a total chick flick. I think that casting Thurman in a comedic role as a neurotic and possessive superhero is an inspired idea. The entire premise suddenly gains valuable points with her in the lead, because with her talent, she may easily upstage every one else in the picture. Additionally, any one who is a fan of her beauty is sure to enjoy her in some sexy Supergirl-type outfits.

In Conclusion: In terms of commercial appeal, the film has two things going for it: the fact that it falls under the romantic comedy genre and the fact that it has a clever new angle. My Super Ex-Girlfriend should offer plenty of playful situations that audiences will respond to positively, but I fully expect Thurman to steal the show as G-Girl. The gimmicky plot could draw the crowds, but in a summer filled with comic-book films like Superman Returns or X-Men: The Last Stand, it could seem a bit cheap. Audiences might look at the movie as a silly parody or worse yet, a really low budget superhero movie that doesn’t stand up to the big blockbusters. I think Reitman has a shot at one of his best movies in years, but I’m not sure if the public will be eager to see it.

Similar Titles: So I Married an Axe Murderer, Heartbreakers, Miss Congeniality
July 21st, 2006 (wide)
December 19th, 2006 (DVD)

20th Century Fox

Ivan Reitman

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

Total: 29 vote(s).

Comedy, Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, crude humor, language and brief nudity.

95 min






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