July 27, 2006

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My Super Ex-Girlfriend (PG-13)
The Other Wilson (Luke) finds out that with super powers comes super desperation in My Super Ex-Girlfriend.

When Matt (Wilson) saw Jenny (Uma Thurman), he thought she was a hot-librarian type girl who could help him ignore the fact that he was really in love with Hannah (Anna Faris), a workmate who was already dating a pretty boy. But after their first date, Matt realized that there was something not quite right about Jenny. Was it because she was needy, jealous, pushy and clingy? Or because she was secretly G-Girl, the city’s crime-fighting, endangered-people-saving superhero? Or, is it because she is both of these things?

If you guessed “C,” you’re right but Matt is screwed. He quickly finds that he doesn’t want to be in a relationship with Jenny, even if she is famous and “athletic” in the sack. Jenny, however, really doesn’t like being broken up with and shows her emotions via (among other things) attempting to boil Matt’s goldfish with her laser-vision and by throwing a shark at Matt.

Hoping to capitalize on her emotionally weakened state is Professor Bedlam (Eddie Izzard), G-Girl’s supervillian arch nemesis. Also, before he was Professor Bedlam, he was Barry, a nerdy boy that had a crush on a then-nerdy Jenny. Once she got her super powers (which also came with super boobs), she left him in the nerd-dust and enjoyed a life of popularity. Now Bedlam hopes to find a way to strip his former flame of her powers.

Between Izzard and Rainn Wilson (who is best known for his role on The Office and who here plays Matt’s snaky best friend), the movie has moments of high snark — when the witty aside or the well-delivered throwaway line really does give you a little kick-in-the-pants of comedy. That Faris and Wilson are bland characters is also not an unforgivable sin, especially with Thurman doing a surprisingly commendable job of playing both a tough girl and a girl who has read that back-issue of Newsweek about her ever-decreasing marital prospects just one too many times. There’s just something, some spark superheroic something that would allow the funny bits to congeal that just isn’t there. And, like a crime-fighter without a cape, My Super Ex-Girlfriend feels a bit naked. C+


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