Inappropriate “Super Ex-Girlfriend” Stoops to New Level
- Wednesday, December 20, 2006
DVD Release Date: December 19, 2006
Theatrical Release Date: July 21, 2006
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content, crude humor, language and brief nudity)
Run Time: 95 min.
Director: Ivan Reitman
Actors: Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Rainn Wilson, Anna Faris, Eddie Izzard
For years, I’ve been telling parents that PG-13 movies are, for the most part, extremely inappropriate for teens – even older ones.
I’m surprised at how many shrug off the warning, however, usually with a comment about how television is “much worse.” Of course, I’m not an advocate of kids watching everything on TV, either. Regardless of your views, however, “My Super Ex-Girlfriend” takes things to a new level – and it’s not the heavens where superheroes fly.
Matt Saunders (Luke Wilson) is just an average guy, looking for a girlfriend. When he meets the librarian-like Jenny Johnson (Uma Thurman), his sex-obsessed friend (Rainn Wilson) insists he ask for a date, because the woman looks “ready to rumble.” Jenny turns Matt down, but after he catches the thief who stole her purse, she demurs, saying “No one has ever helped me before.”
Unfortunately, while Jenny is very interested in Matt, she’s also G-Girl, the superhero who flies around New York, saving the world from disasters. With her laser vision, bionic hearing, flying ability and super strength, she has the superpowers of all the superheroes, rolled into one. But these come with a great price, because poor Jenny can’t ever enjoy a night out without being interrupted by a wayward meteor.
This has made Jenny rather neurotic, and her resulting lack of a social life means that she’s not very good with people, either. So, even though she and Matt spend their second date in bed, Matt has his doubts. But, as his charming friend says, a girl who will break your bed is worth hanging onto – at least for a few more dates.
Matt certainly tries, but eventually, Jenny’s temper and unchecked jealousy – not to mention Matt’s interest in a certain coworker (Anna Faris) – get the better of him. He breaks up with Jenny. That’s when she transforms into Glenn Close from “Fatal Attraction,” complete with all of G-Girl’s superpowers. She sends Matt’s car into outer space, destroys his apartment and stalks him at work, causing him to lose his job. So, when G-Girl’s arch-villain (Eddie Izzard) makes him a deal to rob G-Girl of her powers, Matt is all ears.
It’s a shame that the same man who directed “Meatballs,” “Ghostbusters” and “Kindergarten Cop” (Ivan Reitman) has stooped to this. Of course, Reitman’s films are often full of sexual innuendo, but he usually manages to keep his audiences distinct. “Meatballs” for kids; “Ghostbusters” for adults – fair enough. With “My Super Ex-Girlfriend,” however, Reitman takes the superhero genre – which is always aimed at teenage boys – and produces a truly trashy movie that no teenager should ever see. Frankly, I’m appalled I did.
Sex-talk and sex abounds. It’s a rare scene, in fact, where someone isn’t either in bed or talking about it – usually in a very lewd way. We’re subjected to several scenes which mock the act as well as brief nudity and continuous comments about (and shots of) women’s bodies. Even the name of our superhero is an allusion to the alleged “G-spot.” The message from screenwriter Don Payne (“The Simpsons”), loud and clear, is that women exist to pleasure men, but that they’re also fire-breathing maniacs – so look out.
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