My Super Ex-Girlfriend - Super Uma
| I donít always agree with other critics or with popular opinion but it feels like I am way out in left field on this one, even more than usual. Despite dismal box office and crushing reviews, I thought My Super Ex-Girlfriend was great and I laughed all the way through.
Ivan Reitman, the director of Ghost Busters and Meatballs, is back with this tale of a scorned superhero taking revenge on her ex. Uma is G-Girl, Luke (the less annoying brother) Wilson is the ex and the rest of the movie is rounded out with a great cast that includes Wanda Sykes, Eddie Izzard and Rainn Wilson. This is a dream comedy team.
I never thought of Uma as such a powerful comedian but she knocks this out of the park with her superpowers. She has the timing down and exhibits a wonderful kookiness that is just right. It took me a while to see her for the talent she is. Kill Bill showed me she had a true screen presence in the classic sense and now I see she has the chops for comedy as well.
Wilson, stuck in the thankless nice-guy roles for the past decade while his over the top brother gets to be the clown, shows that heís got a great dark comedic sense that gets to shine. Okay, heís still Mr. Nice Guy but at least the absurdity around him allows him to react in a clever way.
Did I mention that Sykes, Izzard and Wilson are in the cast as well? Enough said.
Reitman has been in a slump for a long time. Itís been years since Dave. A string of groaners like Junior, Fatherís Day, Six Days, Seven Nights and Evolution could have killed the career of any director. Unfortunately both audiences and critics have smacked down My Super Ex-Girlfriend so Reitmanís loosing streak isnít over. However I was in a theatre where everyone was laughing and enjoying themselves a great deal.
This is one of those times when I just feel I have to agree to disagree with the masses. My Super Ex-Girlfriend is a truly funny film. Itís not breathtaking or revolutionary but it gets the jokes right. Too bad most people donít seem to get it.