My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)

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Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Decent, but predictable.

This film was selected from ‘The 250’

Before Will Smith hit the big screen as an unlikely superhero named Hancock, Uma Thurman did the same thing…more or less…only two years before with My Super Ex-Girlfriend. Only, this specific movie didn’t gather as much popularity as Smith’s. That may be because Will Smith’s fanbase is bigger, or it may be another reason entirely. I think it’s because all in all, his movie was simply more original and less predictable. My Super Ex-Girlfriend is a lot of fun for a single viewing, but it’s not a movie you actually want to own. Not really.

This super-movie is about Matt Saunders (Luke Wilson), who has been having trouble recently in the love department. It seems he has struck gold, actually, when he meets Jenny Johnson (Uma Thurman), a quiet reserved girl that amazingly turns out to be the town’s superhero, G-Girl. It’s pretty cool dating a superhero, but Matt soon realizes that this chick is completely crazy, manipulative, jealous, and needy…plus, he’s in love with another girl. There was only one solution…he had to break up with her. Well, hell may hath no fury like a woman scorned, but a woman scorned hath no fury like a superhero scorned.

Hmm. I have to say, the title is actually spoilerific. I wouldn’t normally say that, because that’s the main event of the movie that really gets it going where it needs to go…but I kid you not, it doesn’t even happen until nearly an hour into the movie. It should have been called My Girlfriend, the Superhero or something of the like to save you from being spoiled. I think they make up for that by showing you how crazy she is from the beginning, but still…I feel a little cheated knowing the main event of the movie right off the bat. No wonder the movie is predictable. If they didn’t want it to be spoilery, they could have opened the movie with a breakup, but noo.

Now, as an unlikely superhero movie, it’s not horrible. It does feel very similar to Hancock in a way. It takes place in our world where adult things happen, which feels hilarious for a superhero movie, and she has personality and socializing problems. The only difference is that she’s not an alcoholic. That – I like, I think the execution was a little tacky, cliché, and predictable, but it at least had a promising premise. I’m not sure if Uma Thurman was right for the role, but she does a fine job as is. The roles by Luke Wilson, Anna Faris, and Rainn Wilson were all actually very good. Dwight is just awesome in everything, let’s be honest.

Maybe I’m just a fanboy whenever it comes to superhero movies, but I think movies with unlikely superheroes are still unique and should be given a chance. I don’t think the potential of this film was really taken seriously, and instead turned into something that was a little too much like a typical romantic comedy, but the super powers aspect made it special enough to be interesting. It’s well-worth a rental.

The Good:

Like Hancock, My Super Ex-Girlfriend introduced us to an unlikely superhero that doesn’t play well with others. The performances were probably the best part of the whole movie.

The Bad:

It just doesn’t work as well as it wants to. As it turns out, this film feels like a typical RomCom just with special flavoring. It’s predictable and the title alone spoils at least an hour of material. The title was a mistake.

The Random:

Filming only took four weeks.

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One thought on “My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)

  1. I agree with your review. It was a fun watch, but not one I would sit and watch again all the way through. Anna Farris was really good in this, and I think it was better then Ivan Retman’s last comedy Evolution.

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