My Super Ex-Girlfriend

After dating Jenny (Uma Thurman) for a few months, Matt (Luke Wilson) falls for another woman.  Jenny is actually superhero G-Girl, and when superheroes get mad, they get even.  Mixed into this superhuman domestic drama, is baddie Professor Bedlam (Eddie Izzard) an old flame of Jenny’s who will do anything to destroy any relationship of hers. By using his own mere mortal abilities, it’s up to Matt to solve this dating disaster.
Ivan Reitman made a name for himself by directing several classic comedies in the 80s, such as Ghostbusters and Twins.  They appealed to a very broad audience, but had an undercurrent of savage satire on modern day life making them memorable.  Reitman’s career since those heady days has slipped considerably, with inoffensive family friendly films that have aimed for the safe option.  This film is no exception and shows a director who seems to have lost his once golden touch.
Most of the characters are very unlikeable, with Uma Thurman’s role coming across as a psychotic basketcase.  The fact that Luke Wilsons character falls for her, generates little sympathy and only asks the audience to marvel at his idiocy.  For a comedy to work, there has to be characters or situations that audiences relate to, which isn’t in evidence here.  The only character that stands out is the one played by Eddie Izzard, who seems to enjoy himself  - but when the audience finds the villain more charming than the supposed ‘heroes’, then you know a film is in trouble.
The basic plot set up is a good one, with plenty of potential.  Reitman fails to inject any life to proceedings, and allowed his actors to over emphasise the alleged funny bits of the script.  The story would have worked better had it not been stretched to breaking point, and seems more suitable for a one hour television comedy than a film.  The supporting players do their best, but the funny lines they get to muster have a deflated air of predictability. 
The real villain of this superhero ‘comedy’ is Reitman himself, who has let himself down with yet another lame script that eradicates any goodwill he may have gained from his previous ventures.   It’s sad to see a director’s satirical edge blunted by years of bad films, with the audience being the true heroes by staying until the end of this one.  Above all else, the deeply unfunny script suggests the director has apparently gained the superhuman power of mediocrity.
Rating out of 10:   2

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