But what about Uma? She’s as elegant and effervescent as always, and she attacks the role with relish, but the material is beneath her talents. She’s clearly having a whale of a time playing dress-up in the movie’s fabulous costumes, some of which she co-designed with Costume Designer Laura Jean Shannon. She has always loved doing her own stunts and she gets plenty of opportunities here. Still, she may be having fun, but we aren’t.
My Super Ex-Girlfriend may not be that funny, but it is technically well executed. Veteran director Ivan Reitman has always specialised in big, dumb, high-concept films like Ghostbusters and Evolution and he has no trouble blending real action with CGI effects. Most of the film’s thrills come from the nifty action sequences, particularly those where G-Girl takes her revenge on Matt. She smashes up his apartment, puts his car into orbit and, in one especially memorable sequence, tosses a live shark through his window.
It’s just a pity Reitman doesn’t put as much verve into directing his cast. Wilson may be a no-hoper, and Thurman may be on her own mission, but Reitman wastes great talents like Anna Faris and Wanda Sykes on a series of mediocre scenes. Of course Don Payne deserves at least half of the “credit” for his turgid writing.
The really frustrating thing about My Super Ex-Girlfriend is not how bad it is, but how good it could have been. Hollywood is quickly becoming the USA’s most eco-conscious industry, recycling the same material several times a year. A premise with even a hint of originality is an increasingly rare treat, one that is ruined by such a lacklustre execution. In the end it comes across like Luke Wilson himself - good genes, talented siblings, but ultimately a big, fat disappointment.
- Alistair Fairweather
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