My Super Ex-Girlfriend

I enjoy reading Danny Bucket’s  movie reviews.  In contrast to The Departed,  this one absolutely runs away as the worst film I’ve seen in a long time!  My Super Ex-Girlfriend was soooo cheesey!  My daughter was just in the mood to watch something meaningless and this filled the bill!  Sometimes she and I think so deeply that we need to give our brains and hearts a rest and go into auto-pilot.  This film can take you to that place.  Uma is wonderful regardless.  Given the fact that she has personally, in real time managed her way through huge difficulties, there is some irony in the role she plays here.  I’m imagining that she had terrific fun doing all this!


My Super Ex-Girlfriend /

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Luke Wilson, Uma Thurman, Ana Farris, Eddie Izzard, Rainn Wilson

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

Produced by: Arnan Milchan, Gavin Palone

Written by: Don Payne

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

In the summer of 2006, the trendy thing to do among proclaimed romantic comedies—I’m speaking specifically of The Break Up and You, Me, and Dupree, here—has been to void oneself of both romance and comedy. Audiences have witnessed startling efforts of realism plague the genre, even when there’s nothing real about the film in question’s plot or characters. Ivan Reitman’s late-July confection, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, is a welcome digression back into the territory of breezy fun within the constraints of the romantic-comedy name. Starring Uma Thurman and Luke Wilson as mis-matched love-interests—she’s a super-hero and he’s an average-Joe—the movie is amusingly forgettable in just about every way possible.

 For the most part, My Super Ex-Girlfriend blends the adventure and romantic-comedy genres effortlessly. The action scenes involving Thurman’s super-hero alter-ego G-Girl, who regularly lives under the quiet cover of art-gallery-employee Jenny Johnson, are perfectly paced and feature some intentionally (and pleasantly) campy special-effects. Meanwhile, the film bodes equally as well with its softer-side, in which G-Girl and Wilson’s Matt Saunder’s share a rocky relationship. Director Reitman’s approach in creating a multi-faceted movie works particularly in displaying the dilemma that Matt faces when he realizes his desire to break up with his crazy, powerful super-girlfriend and express his true love for co-worker Hannah Lewis (Anna Farris).

However, despite My Super Ex-Girlfriend’s ingenious execution of its material, it would be impossible for me to declare that it’s anything more than a light-weight, see-it-and-forget-it kind of a movie. I was amused by its original spin on a tired formula, but I never became particularly involved in the story or cared about the characters. But, then again, the film never really wants to do much more than offer a shallow, but amusing entertainment-experience. Thurman and Wilson smile through their roles and, clocking in at a mere hour and thirty-five minutes, My Super Ex-Girlfriend never overstays its welcome. It may not be the perfect film to pay the full price of admission to see, but it’s always diverting at the least.

-Danny, Bucket Reviews (7.27.2006)

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