G-Girl Fails to Hit the G-Spot
Breaking up with a girlfriend is never easy especially when they take it badly. But how bad could it be if the woman you break up with has super powers? That is what "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" is all about, a comedy about a poor man who finds he is falling in love with a woman, discovering that she is in fact a super hero and when he dumps her she dumps a whole lot of anger on him. Sounds like it could be fun except it really isn't as fun as it could be; in fact "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" is rather ordinary and obvious and never really reaches the point of being ecstatically funny.
When project manager Matt Saunders (Luke Wilson - The Family Stone) meets Jenny Johnson (Uma Thurman - Kill Bill: Vol. 2) he thinks he's discovered his perfect girl. Even when he discovers that she is in fact G-Girl, a super hero with special powers, he thinks he's got the most wonderful woman. That is until she becomes jealous and controlling causing Matt to finish their relationship. Unfortunately for Matt, Jenny doesn't take it very well and uses her super powers to wreak revenge on him, especially when Matt's feelings for co-worker Hannah (Anna Faris - Just Friends) become known.
The actual idea for "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" isn't that bad falling into the category of romantic comedy but ploughing through the pain of breaking up. And any bloke who has felt the wrath of an ex will know it can be a painful experience. So bringing in the ex with super powers borders on a stroke of genius. Except where there could be some really great moments of comedy it ends up being all too obvious and focusing on the sexual as Matt and Jenny/G-Girl enjoy a very physical relationship. I admit it's funny the first time they get it on even if the joke is expected but get past that and it becomes boring as do various other jokes such as Matt's best friend and his lousy romantic advice. It's quite sad as the whole painful break-up should have given us a riot of comedy from various events but they were ignored.
The whole painful break up is bulked out by two sub stories a second romantic sub plot between Matt and office worker Hannah, plus one about the evil professor Bedlam who has history with G-Girl and wants to rob her off her super powers. Well the good news is that they bulk out the weakness of the main storyline but fail to really add anything interesting to the mix.
As for the whole comedy side of things, which as already mentioned seems to focus on the sexual part of things, well it's all rather obvious. G-Girl saving the day in a comical manner is just a spoof of superman, I imagine intentionally so and there is very little else to make you laugh.
And as with the comedy and storyline being quite obvious so are the characters and performances. Uma Thurman delivers the sexy woman spurned as Jenny and her alter ego G-Girl whilst Luke Wilson goes through the usual motions of the hapless bloke who's unlucky in love, think "Old School" and you will know what I mean. Probably the most entertaining performance is from Anna Faris as Hannah, a sexy and amusing character which doesn't just go for the obvious gags.
What this all boils down to is that "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" whilst fun in an average way is just that - average. And being average is a shame as the whole break up thing has the potential for being genuinely amusing and creative rather than just obvious and daft.