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MY SUPER EX-GIRLFRIEND

Review by Gordon Justesen

Stars: Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Faris, Eddie Izzard, Rainn Wilson, Wanda Sykes
Director: Ivan Reitman
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Surround, Spanish Dolby Surround
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1, Full Screen 1.33:1
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Features: See Review
Length: 96 Minutes
Release Date: December 19, 2006

“Deep down, I knew you’d realize your mistake and come back to me. THAT’S WHY I DIDN’T KILL YOU.”

Film **

Some movie premises sound a lot better on paper, and I can’t think of a better example than the premise of My Super Ex-Girlfriend. The movie offers a nice little nasty twist on the whole boy meets girl and falls in love before deciding to break up plot scenario. The twist involves the fact that the female love interest happens to be a modern day super hero.

Sounds like an original premise. Too bad the execution couldn’t be as fantastic and funnier.

And I was definitely looking forward to this one. I’m always eager to see a new film from director Ivan Reitman, who brought us Ghostbusters and the heavily underrated sci-fi comedy Evolution. And the idea of mixing in typical romantic fare with a bizarrely twisted superhero adventure sounds like the perfect material for the director. But the movie is simply weak when compared with Reitman’s other work.

The movie starts with modern day businessman Matt Saunders (Luke Wilson) approaching a seemingly innocent and attractive woman named Jenny (Uma Thurman). At first she rejects his offer to go out on a date, but moments later he manages to save her handbag from being stolen by a thief. She then changes her mind on the spot.

What starts out as an enjoyable fling turns a little iffy when Jenny’s weird behavior starts to make Matt think otherwise about engaging in a serious relationship. His advice from friend and co-worker Vaughn (Rainn Wilson) is to dump her in a friendly way. He tries that very technique, but he gets way more than he bargained for when Jenny reveals herself to be G-Girl, a modern day superwoman.

So Jenny/G-Girl, infuriated by the break up, decides to make Matt’s life a living hell by way of the many superpowers she has at her disposal. The situation doesn’t get any better when G-Girl realizes that Matt has feelings for co-worker Hannah (Anna Faris). The premise of a contemporary superhero having feelings and still being able to do her day job is perhaps the only thing inventive in the story.

As for the rest of the movie, there are mild laughs but they are few and far between. A subplot involving G-Girl’s arch nemesis, Professor Bedlam (Eddie Izzard) starts out with potential but it doesn’t go as far as we would like to see it. And at the last minute, the movie tacks on a most unlikely plot twist concerning the standoff between G-Girl and Matt’s new love interest.

As I said earlier, some movie premises just sound better on paper, and My Super Ex-Girlfriend is simply one of those cases. It had so much potential for it story-wise, as well as enough talent both behind and in front of the camera. But as executed on screen, it simply doesn’t deliver. It just goes to show you that no matter how good a plot scenario might sound, it all depends in how it’s transferred to the screen.

Video ****

No complaints about the transfer whatsoever. The anamorphic transfer (Full Screen version also included) from Fox is top notch all the way. Image quality is exceptionally clear and crisp, and the colors are especially presented in amazing form. Super job here!

Audio ****

The 5.1 mix accompanies this action comedy tremendously well! The many action sequences provide an excellent working on the channels. Music and dialogue playback also play off in amazing form.

Features *1/2

Not much to go around on this flipper disc. Included are Deleted Scenes, an Extended Shark Sequence and a music video for Molly McQueen’s “No Sleep 2nite”.

Summary:

Usually, I stand up for numerous films that fail at the box office, but this time around, I can understand why My Super Ex-Girlfriend didn’t succeed. It tends to occasionally entertain, but during every minute you can’t help but think that something better could’ve happened with this material.

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