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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 comediesóIím speaking specifically of The Break Up and You, Me, and Dupree, hereóhas been to void oneself of both romance and comedy. Audiences have witnessed startling efforts of realism plague the genre, even when thereís nothing real about the film in questionís plot or characters. Ivan Reitmanís 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-interestsósheís a super-hero and heís an average-Joeóthe 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 Thurmanís 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 Wilsonís Matt Saunderís share a rocky relationship. Director Reitmanís 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-Girlfriendís ingenious execution of its material, it would be impossible for me to declare that itís 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 itís always diverting at the least.

-Danny, Bucket Reviews (7.27.2006)

 


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