My Super Ex-girlfriend

on July 21, 2006 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
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Meshing the plot points of "Fatal Attraction" with comedy and the usual superhero tropes ought to make for a very original movie, but "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" is only sporadically amusing, and if you've seen the trailer, you've heard most of its best jokes. Fortunately, it stars the luminous Uma Thurman, who is terrific as G-Girl, a crime-fighting champion with preternatural abilities whose 'ordinary' behavior reveals her to be a bit of a head case, to say the least. That's not how she appears at first to Matt Saunders (Luke Wilson), your basic nice guy who can't believe his luck when the beautiful Jenny Johnson (G-Girl's alter-ego secret identity) shows an interest in him. He starts to date her, and the sex is super-powered, but then Jenny's jealous, insecure side shows through. Matt decides to dump her but she won't have it, and hell hath no fury like a superwoman scorned.

The usually reliable director Ivan Reitman ("Ghostbusters," "Dave") is coasting here, offering up indifferent direction and choppy scene transitions (there's evidence of tampering with the final cut as at least one of the scenes from the trailer is now missing). Writer Don Payne has a dozen episodes of "The Simpsons" to his credit, but that's not necessarily a good thing here: Often, the film feels like a comic TV sketch stretched too far -- one that doesn't pay off in the end. Even the shtick of the funny and talented Rainn Wilson (TV's "Six Feet Under" and "The Office") as Matt's horny buddy quickly grows tiresome, and Luke Wilson isn't much help either. British comedian Eddie Izzard is a hoot, though, as Professor Bedlam, G-Girl's neurotic archenemy who has more than a few screws loose himself. "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" is watchable enough but it's humor for our age of diminished comedic expectations. Starring Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Rainn Wilson, Anna Faris and Eddie Izzard. Directed by Ivan Reitman. Written by Don Payne. Produced by Arnon Milchan and Gavin Polone. A Fox release. Comedy. Rated PG-13 for sexual content, crude humor, language and brief nudity. Running time: 96 min

Tags: Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Rainn Wilson, Anna Faris, Eddie Izzard, Gavin Polone, Ivan Reitman, Arnon Milchan, superhero, satire, spoof, New York City
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