By Christian DiMartino
My curiosity towards My Super Ex-Girlfriend has been around for some time. As a kid, it felt like something I needed to see. Watching it as an adult, my word stays true. As a kid, it probably would’ve been a good time. Even as an adult, it is an undeniably entertaining film, even if it isn’t necessarily good for you. It was probably heavily viewed on many airplane trips in 2006, and more understanding I could not be.
The film rests not in the hands of director Ivan Reitman (Stripes, Ghostbusters), nor strong comic actors such as Luke Wilson, Anna Faris, Rainn Wilson, Eddie Izzard, or Wanda Sykes, but rather, Uma Thurman in the title role. Honestly, maybe it’s because I do not see her often enough anymore, but she is a treat to watch here. Mind you, the material isn’t really worthy of her, but the character is entertaining and Thurman appears to be having a pretty good time with it.
The premise you may remember, more than, say, the movie itself. Thurman plays G-Girl, a superhero who flies around the streets of New York, saving people and what not. When her purse is stolen while riding the subway (why was she on a subway if she can fly?), she meets the one person who ran after the thief, a lonely but nice fella named Matt (Wilson), and the two go on a date. He thinks she seems a bit nuts (her senses cause her to leave dinner abruptly) but soon he is won over by some bed-breaking sex and her charm.
In the background is a “villain” named Bedlam (Izzard), a former friend who lusts after G-Girl and aspires to destroy her. He takes a lock of her hair from her apartment, and attempts to stop her from the strands of hair. Yes, they really stole material from Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Another dilemma arises whenever Matt fully finds G-Girl (why do they call her that? The question is asked, but never really answered) insane, and also longs to be with a fellow co-worker (Faris). G-Girl of course does not take this well, and… well, picture Superman, with a big splash of Fatal Attraction, and you can imagine the rest.
I wasn’t bored for a second of My Super Ex-Girlfriend, but I also couldn’t help but wish that the material were funnier. There are a few laughs, but much of them are either small, or not there. The film does take enough advantage of its concept, but if they had taken more advantage of it comedically then we might’ve had something a bit better. I know what you must be thinking: Uma Thurman literally throws a shark at Luke Wilson, and that isn’t doing it for you? Well, yes. Though that scene is kind of funny. Was it a shark-jumper? Yes, but I’ll give them props.
The superhero stuff, as well, needs to be mentioned. Visual effects in 2006 weren’t what they are now… but some of this looks pretty bad. Like, yeah, it’s a comedy, I shouldn’t be looking too into this, but it’s also a comedy that isn’t quite funny enough so… where else should I focus my attention?
Rainn Wilson is a funny guy. I do not obsess about The Office like the rest of its cult members, but it is funny, and he is funny. That being said, his character here is annoying. The kind of comedic relief that is aware he’s the comedic relief, and he serves as an unfunny distraction. Also, maybe I’m a crazy person too, but I found myself kinda sorta siding with Thurman’s character. Sure, we are supposed to find her crazy, and to a degree, she is. Yet what sets her off- he urges her to stop a missile from hitting New York, she comes back, and obviously finds him flirting with Faris- is 100% his fault… but I digress.
This is My Super Ex-Girlfriend we’re talking about. Why am I still talking about it? Lord knows, but Thurman is a beauty, and the reason to watch this entertaining if not hit-and-miss mediocrity. Oh, I gotta say, the biggest laugh I got out of this film came during the end credits, which are so breathtakingly weird and awful I couldn’t help but laugh because I didn’t know what they were thinking. Again though, this is My Super Ex-Girlfriend, perhaps I have said too much.