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My Super Ex-Girlfriend

Review Written by: Estefan Ellison
Film: B-
What the MPAA Rating should be: PG-13 (for language, some violence and sexual content)

Directed by: Ivan Reitman
Written by: Don Payne
Produced by: Arnon Milchan and Gavin Polone
Starring: Luke Wilson, Uma Thurman, Anna Faris, Eddie Izzard, Rainn Wilson
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Now, believe me when I say that I really enjoy superhero films like the ones in the Superman, Batman and Spider-Man franchises and while they do supply a couple of jokes here and there, I have been anticipating a true superhero-based comedy (The Incredibles doesn't really count, because even though it's animated, it's not necessarily a comedy). I've also noticed that female superheroes have always been given bad features unlike their male counterparts. Many films considered failures have included Supergirl, Catwoman and Electra. Ivan Reitman, the director of Ghostbusters obviously understood that there needed to be a comedy with a female superhero and the result is My Super Ex-Girlfriend. What can go wrong when you have Uma Thurman, one of the most beautiful and funniest actresses in the business in the lead role? Well, she does a great job, but the film still falls under expectations.

Matt Saunders (Luke Wilson) has just finished a relation with a nutty girlfriend and isn't looking for another one for a while. One day while on the subway he sees an attractive woman (Uma Thurman) and following the advice of his best friend (Rainn Wilson) decides to ask her out. They fall in love and finally deep into their relation, she reveals herself to be New York's most famous superheroine G-Girl. At first, he is fine and really enjoying it, but he finds her to be too needy and jealous and he also realises that he is more in love with his co-worker Hannah (Anna Farris). She goes on to make his life a living hell (which unlike the trailer makes it out to be only amounts to about ten minutes of screentime) Matt ends up getting really annoyed and seeks out the help of her archnemesis (Eddie Izzard) who has the power to take away her powers.

The best aspect of My Super Ex-Girlfriend are the performances. Everybody in the cast shines under Reitman's direction. Uma Thurman, as usual, is terrific fun and plays both the roles of G-Girl and her alter ego Jenny Johnson (obviously taking inspiration from Stan Lee) very well. Eddie Izzard and Rainn Wilson (Dwight on The Office) also look like they're having a great time and provide some much-needed spark to some okay material. That is where the film falls short. The idea is interesting and funny (which is one of the reasons I saw it), but the problem comes from the execution of many scenes. The script is funny sure, but there are parts where it either runs too long or goes by too quickly. The special effects could also have been handled better and you can easily tell they're computer animated images. A scene where G-Girl throws a shark at Matt ends up becoming really silly and un-needed. So, essentially it's not a bad film, I just wouldn't recommend it. Reminds you of Superman, doesn't it?

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