Putting out fires and deflecting missiles is all in a day's work for Uma Thurman as superhero G-Girl. Not surprisingly she proves too hot to handle for Luke Wilson, starring as her hapless beau Matt in the enjoyably silly My Super Ex-Girlfriend. Veteran comedy helmer Ivan Reitman manages to run quite a distance with this high-concept premise and while he doesn't scale the heights of his hit Ghostbusters , he does make it fly. Former Simpsons scribe Don Payne charts the relationship from first glance to bitter end in his script, exploiting a bizarre situation with a cheekily perverse curiosity. Inevitably there's fun to be had with scenes of superhuman coitus, but the laughs definitely belong to Wilson with his deadpan expression and general willingness to look daft as the nebbish left holding the handbag. Thurman handles the derring-do with aplomb, but the script does short-change her in the latter stages.
MY SUPER SEX GIRLFRIEND
My Super Ex-Girlfriend () - PopMatters
There's a Dan Savage column-in-waiting about My Super Ex-Girlfriend , a seemingly harmless family comedy that's really about "pegging," a sex act that involves the woman, through the wonders of prosthesis, taking over the man's role in the sack. Figuratively speaking, right? Um, no. Watch which way the bed moves when controlling superheroine Uma Thurman goes to work on everyman schlub Luke Wilson. Who's the passer and who's the receiver? Of course, that's just one running gag, but usually only beer commercials spin so many jokes about male anxiety over women in power. The film seems at least partially self-aware, but director Ivan Reitman, whose comedic timing has dried up in a string of duds Evolution , Fathers' Day , Kindergarten Cop since the mid-'80s, mostly fails to seize on the opportunity.
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This is a hero with flaws and we get to see the insecurities they have when they the best of emotions get to them. In My Super Ex-Girlfriend, a man Wilson finds out that his girlfriend Thurman is a superhero, but when he breaks up with her for being too neurotic and controlling, she uses her super powers to torment and embarass him. But, ah, no. A little further?