My Super Ex-Girlfriend
Director: Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, Six Days Seven Night, Evolution)
Writer: Don Payne
Producers: Arnon Milchan, Gavin Polone
Starring: Luke Wilson, Uma Thurman, Rainn Wilson, Anna Faris, Wanda Sykes
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 95 min
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by Andrew James
     From the first day I saw this trailer, I knew I wanted to see this movie. What appears to be another stale romantic comedy quickly turns original when the female lead all of a sudden takes to flight and blasts right through the roof of her boyfriend's apartment. WHAT!? Turns out, that the lead actress (Thurman) is actually a super hero with powers comparable to Superman. Everyone knows women are crazy, so what happens if one of them has these super powers? A good story that is both original and witty, that's what.

      Obviously not going to be up for any academy awards, Super Ex is what it is. A silly, but charming twist on the superhero genre that is both delightful and breezy. After Luke WIlson's character (Matt) breaks up with our heroine (G-Girl), she gets more than a little upset. You don't want a super hero mad at you. Especially if you're a nobody, nice-guy who works for a design firm. His only hope? To team up with the super villain, a ridiculous equivalent of Lex Luthor, to bring G-Girl down. The script is quick-witted and lively and always on the move. There is no downtime and it is just the right length (just under 90 minutes). But stay for the credits to find out what ultimately becomes of each of the characters.

      It's no secret I'm a Luke Wilson fan; and here he is again, playing the guy everyone loves. So when this crazy bitch of a super hero goes haywire (putting his car into orbit, throwing sharks at him, etc), we find ourselves rooting for him and the super villain. It was not lost on me at the time that I was actually rooting against the hero and for the bad guy. Uma plays the crazy lady very well, while Rainn Wilson (Dwight from NBC's "The Office") provides plenty of comic relief (one line in particular had me laughing longer than I should've been). Anna Faris (the girl from the Scary Movie series) shows she has slightly more depth and Wanda Sykes pisses me off as usual.

      What can I say? It's nothing special, but it's fun and light. I like all of the actors and the story is an interesting twist on an already familiar and over-blown story line. The film also had two of the better sex scenes in recent memory (especially the one NOT shown in the trailer). It isn't an absolute must-see, but it is a good time and I'm glad I saw it. Rent it someday when you want a chuckler of a no-brainer that isn't the same-old same-old. 3 1/2 stars out of 5. A good time.



Links:
IMDb.com - full cast and crew
Official Site
FLIXSTER PROFILE for My Super Ex-Girlfriend



 







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