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My Super Ex-Girlfriend


Picture: B-     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.


My Super 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


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