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Comedy - YA, Fantasy - Superheroes

My Super Ex Girlfriend (2006)

Duration1h 36m
RatingsUK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Germany: 6 
Source of storyA very moderately ingenious screenplay
DirectorIvan Reitman
Writers/ScriptDon Payne
StarringUma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Farris, Rainn Wilson, Eddie Izzard, Margaret Anne Florence
RatingsIMDb: 5.2/10 by 64,000 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 40% by 131 reviewers. Review2view: 5.5/10.

Elevator Pitch: Matt is a young architect working for a company in New York, despite himself fancying  co-worker Hannah, and not really taking the advice of his friend Vaughn, who despite constantly telling Matt what he should do to attract girls, fails in his efforts to date the barmaid in their local bar. Then Matt,  helps a young woman, Jennifer, recover her handbag from a thief and the two start dating. It is revealed that Jennifer is in fact the superhero G-Girl, but she is also controlling and demanding, particularly once their romance is consummated. Matt dumps her resulting in her superpowers being used against him, so he is forced to track down Professor Bedlam, G-Girl’s nemesis for help.

Content: There is a lot of talk about sex, and some non-revelatory sex as G-Girl makes the bed move, literally. Matt is often told off by his boss for inappropriate activities in relation to his friend Hannah, untrue of course. There is some drinking I think, the guys spend time in a bar. G-Girl flies about doing good, and then once her true self is revealed to Matt, flies about with him. Then when she is dumped she takes her revenge, stripping him at a meeting which causes him to lose his job and eventually throwing a shark through his window when he is in bed with Hannah. We also see how she has gained her superpowers and why Professor Bedlam is her nemesis.

A View: You can see that this outing was not much liked by anybody . It was made in four weeks and actually I think made a bit of money. It has been suggested that it was actually a YA film made for the superhero film watchers under twenty. I quite liked the shark scene but, dare I say it, G-Girl’s costume seemed to be a bit coy, even though I thought Uma Thurman did pretty well. So maybe a film which never decided who the audience was meant to be, but maybe what I have written here will allow you to decide whether it is for you.

Other Uma Thurman films which you might like better: Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Vol 1, Be Cool.   

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels

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