"MY SUPER EX-GIRLFRIEND"
by Kevin Carr
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|| MOVIE: *** (out of 5 stars)
DVD EXPERIENCE: *** (out of 5 stars)
Uma Thurman as JENNY JOHNSON/G-GIRL
Luke Wilson as MATT SAUNDERS
Anna Faris as HANNAH LEWIS
Rainn Wilson as VAUGHN HAIGE
Eddie Izzard as PROFESSOR BEDLAM
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Directed by: Ivan Reitman
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“My Super Ex-Girlfriend” was a bit of a notorious movie this year. It was not very well received, which was a major strike-out for director Ivan Reitman, who had once been Hollywood’s golden child. After giving us such classic films as “Meatballs,” “Stripes” and “Ghostbusters,” Reitman has struggled to bring us a new classic. (Maybe it’s because he needs Bill Murray as his lead.)
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However, while I abhorred Reitman’s previous blunder (“Evolution”), I found myself strangely drawn to “My Super Ex-Girlfriend.” I was one of the few people – and definitely one of the few critics – that actually liked this movie. (The same happened with movies like “Lady in the Water” and “Stay,” so maybe it’s more about me than anything else.)
Perhaps what helped was I didn’t go in with high expectations. Honestly, that’s been my plan for any film that headlines Luke Wilson as the leading man. While I think Wilson’s a funny guy, he’s never really scored big as the main draw. His biggest successes have been films where he played opposite the real star, often a leggy blond (e.g., “Charlie’s Angels” and “Legally Blonde”).
Of course, his co-star in “My Super Ex-Girlfriend” is Uma Thurman, so this formula seems to work for his – at least in my humble opinion.
“My Super Ex-Girlfriend” succeeded because it managed to walk a thin line between being a serious epic movie and a light-hearted comedy. It teetered on the edge of totally sucking, but in the end, it actually pulled everything off.
The story is fluffy and silly, going for more camp than Reitman’s “Ghostbusters” classic. Luke Wilson plays Matt Saunders, a mild-mannered guy who falls into a steamy relationship with Jenny Johnson (Uma Thurman). After Jenny nearly breaks him in half during a night of passion, she reveals to him that she is actually the city’s superhero, G-Girl.
Of course, like most relationships, things don’t last. Matt ends up breaking up with Jenny, and she goes a bit psycho on him. The only problem is that instead of just slashing his tires, she uses her G-Girl powers to make his life miserable.
I’ll admit that the plot isn’t all that strong, but this isn’t a movie to see for its plot. It’s really an extended “Saturday Night Live” sketch with decent special effects. The real key to the film is that no one takes themselves too seriously. Wilson dials in his standard performance, which works in this realm.
However, like most good comedies, the supporting cast is actually the foundation. “Scary Movie’s” Anna Faris is just plain adorable as Matt’s other love interest (and the object of G-Girl’s hatred). Eddie Izzard also turns in a hilarious performance as Professor Bedlam, the evil supervillain intent on destroying G-Girl. Finally, Rainn Wilson (no relation to Luke) plays the dutiful best friend who seems to score all over town despite the fact that he looks like... well, Rainn Wilson.
The DVD comes with both full frame and widescreen modes. There’s five deleted scenes, a music video and an extended shark sequence.
“My Super Ex-Girlfriend” is far from Shakespeare.... far, far away from Shakespeare. But if you’re in the right mood, or if you’ve had a psycho ex-girlfriend in your past, you should find it funny. With a safe PG-13 rating, this makes a pretty decent date flick.
Specifications: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Fullscreen (1.33:1) and widescreen (2.35:1) – enhanced for 16x9 televisions. French language track. Spanish subtitles. English subtitles for the hearing impaired.