"Men are from Mars, Women are from Krypton"
What You Need To Know:
MY SUPER EX-GIRLFRIEND could have been a fun, albeit silly, family movie. Instead, to spice up a flat script, the filmmakers sprinkle the dialog with crude sex jokes, making sex with a superhero the recurring theme. Fans of the superhero genre should be warned this movie is more romantic comedy than action, right down to its schmaltzy score. Luke Wilson is undeniably likeable as Matt but, as a leading man, it feels like he’s stretching the limits of his range. Thurman’s performance is fun to watch. The movie affords some funny moments, but many jokes fall flat. Families should let this one pass by them.
(Pa, H, Ro, LL, V, SS, N, A, D, M) Mostly pagan, humanist worldview with some romantic elements; 16 obscenities and three profanities; action violence, such as slapping, car crashes, two women super heroes punch and slap each other, henchman gets a circular saw stuck in his chest; several scenes of crude sexual dialog, references to oral sex, main characters fornicate, with no explicit shots of bodies, but their lovemaking puts a whole in the wall and breaks the bed; brief rear male nudity; characters drink beer and wine; villain smokes cigarette; and, main character’s best friend advises him to use a woman for sex, characters lie and scheme.
hey call movies like MY SUPER EX-GIRLFRIEND “star vehicles” because they’re meant to advance an actor’s career. In this case, Luke Wilson gets to fully assume the leading man role, and Uma Thurman gets to remind us that she’s still the attractive love-interest she used to be. Other than that, it’s hard to imagine where this vehicle actually goes. Mostly, it’s an around-the-block tour of clichés from the superhero and romantic comedy genres. We’ve seen this movie, or at least all its components, before in many incarnations. It’s not hard to visualize the pitch for this movie: YOU’VE GOT MAIL (or any Meg Ryan/Nora Ephron collaboration) meets SPIDER-MAN. Make the superhero a woman, and you’ve got MY SUPER EX-GIRLFRIEND.
Prodded by his friend, Vaughn (Rainn Wilson), Matt Saunders (Luke Wilson) asks out the beautiful but anti-social Jenny Johnson (Uma Thurman). Turns out Jenny’s got a secret. Thanks to a childhood encounter with a crashed meteor, she moonlights as superhero G-Girl. As Jenny gets more and more obsessed with their relationship, Matt starts to want out, but breaking up with a jealous, possessive superhero proves a dangerous enterprise. Matt is forced to seek out G-Girl’s arch-rival, Professor Bedlam (Eddie Izzard), Jenny’s estranged childhood friend.
Luke Wilson is undeniably likeable as Matt but, as a leading man, it feels like he’s stretching the limits of his range. He’s best as a foil to a more charismatic lead. Thurman’s performance is fun to watch. She manages to be both disarming and alarming at all the right times. The movie affords some funny moments, but many jokes fall flat. Even the indomitably funny Wanda Sykes (Carla Dunkirk) and Eddie Izzard are rendered humorless by awkward direction and a script that feels too much like a first draft.
This could have been a fun, albeit silly, family movie. Instead, to spice up a flat script, the filmmakers sprinkle the dialog with crude sexual jokes, making sex with a superhero the movie’s recurring theme. Fans of the superhero genre also should be warned that MY SUPER EX-GIRLFRIEND is more romantic comedy than action, right down to its schmaltzy violin-heavy score. Families might want to let this “vehicle” pass by them.
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