Breaking up with a girl is never fun, but when she's a needy, psychotic superhero who could and will make your life a living hell, it's an even more delicate situation. Uma Thurman and Luke Wilson star in My Super Ex-Girlfriend, a delightful though somewhat uninspiring action-comedy-romance.
Wilson plays Matt Saunders, a regular guy who finds good times with an attractive but uptight woman named Jenny Johnson (Thurman). The sex is amazing, but there is something off about her, and he soon realizes she is rather neurotic, clingy and jealous, especially of Matt's beautiful co-worker Hannah (Anna Faris). When Matt realizes that he is indeed in love with Hannah and that Jenny is a psycho bitch, he tries to break it off with her, but there's just one small problem: Jenny Johnson is also G-Girl, the city's superhero. Suddenly, Matt finds himself under the wrath of the most powerful woman in the world. His car ends up in outer space, a great white shark gets thrown through his window, the word "Dick" gets burned into his forehead, and other common breakup things ensue.
My Super Ex-Girlfriend is not an amazing film, and it could have been better. There are stretches that could have been funnier given the right screenplay, and Rainn Wilson, best known for Dwight on NBC's "The Office", is not used to his full potential (but is still pretty funny). There are some hit-or-miss parts. The scenes where G-Girl is in costume are a little too cheesy for their own good; director Ivan Reitman never takes full advantage of the superhero scenes to contrast the rest of the movie. At the same time, the fast-motion graphics utilized in the final "battle" scene are quite entertaining in their own way.
Thankfully, My Super Ex-Girlfriend is mindless entertainment, and it works as such. Wilson is always fun to watch, and in my opinion is the better actor of the two brothers (well, of the three brothers). His character is no different here than what he's played in a dozen other movies, but he is the quintessential regular guy. Aside from the actors, the movie succeeds on just enough situational events. Thurman is quite funny and plays a ferocious ex-girlfriend quite well - poor Ethan Hawke. Anyway, the things she does to Wilson's character are quite imaginative and entertaining, and certainly the highlight of the film (which would make sense since that's the point of the movie).
The movie could have been more, but as is My Super Ex-Girlfriend is still an entertaining little film. It's a shame it didn't do better, as it is fun from beginning to end. This is one of those romantic comedies that both guys and ladies can enjoy.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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