My Super Ex-Girlfriend
Sound: B Extras: B Film: B
Film fans searching for a feminist deconstruction of the
superhero genre should probably look elsewhere when considering Ivan Reitman’s My Super Ex-Girlfriend, but movie buffs
searching for a pleasant diversion can stop off for 90+ minutes of
uncomplicated fun! Girlfriend features
solid performances from Uma Thurman (in the titular role) and Luke Wilson, who
both deliver in this whimsical story of a normal guy who gets mixed up with
super gal who doesn’t handle break-ups well.
Couple this bit of comic complication with the super
villainy of Professor Bedlam (once spurned by Thurman’s character, G-Girl) and
a love triangle completed by Wilson’s co-worker Hannah Lewis (played by the
luminous Anna Faris), and the film has enough plot hooks to hang a whole
wardrobe of capes on. The secret to this
film’s success is that everyone seems to be having a good time making it, and
the script does not take itself too seriously or try to do too much. Superhero and comic book buffs will find some
of the racier aspects of the film a hoot—after all, how does someone who can
bench press a dump truck make love to a normal person without killing him? Or at least busting up the bedroom? The answers are found in My Super Ex-Girlfriend!
The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound mix and anamorphically
enhanced 2.35 X 1 picture on this disc are both adequate for standard DVD. The film seems to be shot in Super 35mm film,
while the sound is ambitious. The Dolby
Digital delivers during the action scenes, while the picture shows a touch of
graininess in some instances. The disc
also offers a Full Screen option. Extras
on this disc are also only adequate, including deleted scenes that add a bit
more detail to the film, and a music video featuring Molly McQueen
performing "No Sleep 2nite",
one of the tracks from the film.
Ex-Girlfriend’s combination of unpretentious fun, nifty special
effects, and solid performances make it a nice film for a night of light viewing,
and a must-by for the superhero movie aficionado.
- Scott Pyle