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My Super Ex-Girlfriend


Stars: Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Faris, Rainn Wilson, Eddie Izzard

Director: Ivan Reitman

It seems a neat idea, having a superhero (Uma Thurman) use her powers to wreak vengeance on ther hapless boyfriend (Luke Wilson) who has dumped her.

In this version at least the notion just doesn't fly - unlike G-Girl (Thurman), who zooms across the New York skyline putting out massive fires and deflecting runaway missiles. Yes, just like Superman.

Dared to ask her out in her bespectacled Jenny Johnson guise, Matt (Wilson) soon finds he's dating a nutty neurotic. Quite apart from breaking his bed with her super-powered love-making, she's obsessively jealous, and paranoid about super-villain Professor Bedlam (a very below-par Izzard), who's out to 'negate' her powers.

Matt tries to break it all off, only to find that Hell hath no fury like a superhero scorned. Apart from trashing his apartment, she throws a (badly computerised) shark at him through a skyscraper window while he's in bed with co-worker Hannah (Faris). Matt decides the only way out is to fall out of bed and in with Bedlam.

Wilson and Thurman both look a trace mature for such antics, and the best performer is the cute Faris - until she's forced to don a most unflattering red wig towards the end. There are a few crude cackles, but most of the 'funny' sequences don't work and special effects are just so-so by today's standards.

David Quinlan

USA 2006. UK Distributor: 20th Century Fox. Technicolor.
96 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 12A.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 1, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 0, Swearing 1.

Review date: 30 Jul 2006