My Super Ex-Girlfriend
It's not like My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006) is a comedy gem. It isn't. It's never quite laugh-out-loud funny. It doesn't wring enough out of its killer premise. It mildly squanders good actors. And given that director Ivan Reitman once delivered the perfect fantasy-comedy in Ghostbusters (1984), the whole thing feels like a bit of a coast. But as coasts go, Super Ex does have a certain low-key, adult-contemporary charm. And it's almost entirely because of Luke Wilson. Wilson plays Matt a soft-bellied, white-collar Everyman who hits it off with sexy-librarian type Jenny Johnson (Uma Thurman) after chasing the man who stole her purse. The sex is enthusiastic, bordering on painful, but Matt's in for a couple of far more painful surprises. For starters, Jenny is a wildly jealous, weapons-grade New York neurotic the sort of woman who stops in the middle of a French-kissing session to critique Matt's tonguework. And, even worse, Jenny is also the indestructible superheroine "G-Girl," who flies around New York righting wrongs in a costume that makes her look like a comic-con Carrie Bradshaw. Meaning that when Matt decides to get off "the greatest rollercoaster of all time" and dumps her to pursue his much-saner co-worker (Anna Faris), Jenny's vengeful tantrums tend to incorporate flight, heat-vision, super-strength, and the occasional hurling of cars and sharks. Perhaps the premise is killer, but Reitman might have done more with it as well. Certainly, the movie's watchable the characters are likable and the story has its moments, particularly when Thurman goes all bug-eyed or the film does sex-farce variations on scenes from Superman The Movie. (The Matt/Jenny relationship has quite a bit more erotic juice than the wax-museum angst of Superman Returns, for what little that's worth.) But this movie's not set in the Ivan Reitman New York of Ghostbusters it's more like the Ivan Reitman New York of Legal Eagles. Scenes that could be hilarious have a Nerf-ball softness in the writing, editing, and pop-soundtrack departments to the degree that usually funny supporting actors like Wanda Sykes, Eddie Izzard, and The Office's Rainn Wilson fail to bust a single gut between them. Only Luke Wilson seems tuned in to the vibe. Like his brother Owen, Luke's comic timing is rooted in the mellow, in making sure everyone's having a good time. And his odd-but-sincere little reactions to Jenny's increasing insanity his little eye-flicks as she destroys a bed around him, say, or the way he says, "You did throw a shark at me " go quite a ways toward keeping the movie on the decent side of "okay." Fox's DVD release of My Super Ex-Girlfriend offers a solid anamorphic transfer (2.35:1) with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Extras include five deleted scenes and a music video. Keep-case.