Time once again for another edition of In Defense Of…
This week, we look at one of Ivan Reitman’s more forgotten comedies…that actually didn’t suck…sort of…this is My Super Ex-Girlfriend:
My Super Ex-Girlfriend is a 2006 American romantic superhero film directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Faris, Eddie Izzard, Rainn Wilson and Wanda Sykes.
In New York, when the shy and lonely project manager of a design firm Matt Saunders (Luke Wilson) meets Jenny Johnson (Uma Thurman) in the subway, he invites her to date and have dinner with him. Jenny immediately falls in love for him, they have sex and she discloses her true identity to him, telling that she is the powerful superhero G-Girl. After meeting his co-worker and friend Hannah Lewis (Anna Faris), the needy Jenny becomes jealous, controlling and manipulative, and Matt follows the advice of his best friend Vaughn Haige (Rainn Wilson) and dumps her, breaking her heart. Jenny turns Matt’s life into hell, while he has a romance with Hannah. However, the archenemy of G-Girl and former high school sweetheart of Jenny, Professor Bedlam (Eddie Izzard), proposes Matt to lure Jenny to strip her superpowers.
Ivan Reitman is one of those comedy directors that went through one of those really bad spells after making great comedies like Stripes, Ghostbusters, Twins, Kindergarten Cop, and Dave. But then starting with Junior and then Father’s Day and then the previously reviewed Evolution, he went downhill quickly taking whatever script he could get his hands on and just taking the money and run.
With My Super Ex-Girlfriend, you started to see that old Ivan Reitman coming back, taking these scripts that had a good plot and the potential for something funny to work with that shows off more of his talents.
And the movie definitely does deliver on that, the plot works really well with a great script by the late Don Payne, really good chemistry between Luke Wilson and Uma Thurman, a lot of really good funny setups, and a definite indication that Ivan Reitman was putting his directing abilities to good use here and had his heart involved with this.
Not everything about this movie works, there’s a couple of jokes in this that don’t really meld well and seem like it was something Reitman and Payne thought would be funny but ends up not being, the shark scene in particular where Jenny throws the shark at Matt in the room, that should’ve been hilarious but it just doesn’t work, you saw it in the trailer, I think it’s the sound effects that just ruin it. A scene like that should be funny on the same level of the Sam Jackson getting eaten by the shark in Deep Blue Sea but here it just comes off as odd and lackluster.
But again, they are few and far between, the overall film that is My Super Ex-Girlfriend is actually funny and enjoyable, it’s a good fun time and the first decent Ivan Reitman movie had made in 12 years, he would later make equally as good movies like No Strings Attached and Draft Day so it’s good to see that Reitman is returning back to his roots again.
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