My Super Ex-Girlfriend
2006, PG-13, 95 min. Directed by Ivan Reitman. Starring Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Faris, Eddie Izzard, Wanda Sykes.
REVIEWED By Toddy Burton, Fri., July 28, 2006
You'd think that the director behind Ghostbusters and a writer/producer for The Simpsons could get together and make one hilariously outrageous movie. Well, think again. While director Reitman and writer Don Payne collaborate to provide intermittent laughs, in the end this high-concept farce crashes down pretty low. There's no doubt that Thurman is one superhot superhero, and Wilson's endearing befuddlement and adorable "aw, shucks" smile can temporarily distract from the absence of a good joke or an inspiring moment. But ultimately, the star-power smoke screen withers, and you're left with a silly film, a couple of decent jokes, and an entirely too-predictable plot. Thurman performs double duty as all-powerful superhero G-Girl and her alter ego, Jenny Johnson. Meanwhile Wilson's Matt Saunders balances his failures with women and his floundering job. And really, would someone as darling as Wilson have so much trouble getting a date? Come on, people. Anyway, Matt hooks up with Jenny and learns two secrets about her. One, she's actually a superhero who can throw missiles across the sky while shooting laser beams out of her eyes, and two, she's insanely neurotic. But only after he dumps her does Matt finds out how truly crazy she is. Think Fatal Attraction meets X-Men and you basically have the gist. Some small saving graces exist in the supporting cast. But like the rest of the film, they too are hit or miss. As the supervillain, Izzard performs with unfortunate restraint, never igniting the kind of serious laughter you can experience from his stand-up work. While Sykes (Monster-in-Law) doles out her all-too-familiar schtick, she still manages to steal every scene she's in. And Rainn Wilson (The Office, American version) is repeatedly very funny. It seems that Payne saved all The Simpsons-worthy lines for him. Thanks to his deadpan performance, you will experience an occasional chuckle, but the conventional plot and absence of character dimension will most likely get the better of even the biggest Uma fans.