|Title:||My Super Ex-Girlfriend|
|07.21.06||Cinemark Pflugerville|| This is one of those premises that people hear and immediately think of as funny. It's a really good basis for a movie, but also ends up being pretty big shoes to fill because the concept is specific enough to immediately picture but the whole superhero thing is vague enough to let your imagination fill in your own perfect little details... and there's no way one movie can fill everyone's imaginitive dating-a-superhero ideas.|
I think this movie didn't totally drop the ball though... some moments (like the bed moving) actually worked a lot better than I thought it would judging from the trailer... other moments (like the CG shark) were... eh... but that reminds me. So many people laugh at the jokes that are in the trailers. What kind of phenomenon is that? Am I alone in not laughing at the joke I saw before? And these aren't like intesively context-sensitive character jokes.. these are like one-liners... huge laughs. people are dumb. anyway...
I'm not sure how I feel about Uma's character... Again this is a mismatch in my imagination's scenarios and what Reitman actually shot but it's a bit like that movie Film Geek. When I think of a comedy about film geeks, I'm expecting him to be socially inadept because he's a film geek, not because he's an asshole. So when he is an asshole, I spend the entire time thinking "you don't have to be a film geek to do that... you just have to be an asshole" so making Uma's character kinda flaky gives an excuse a little bit I think. And she's not flaky just because she has superpowers, she's flaky because she's flaky. You don't have to have super powers to act the way she acts in the film, you just have to be flaky. And you know what? super powers or no, I'm with Luke Wilson... I wouldn't want to date a flaky person. Now... flakiness due to job stress or because the super powers or things like that... that's funny. I'm not sure I could date a superhero even if she was perfectly sane... there are enough issues there to explore without giving that easy out...
BUT, like I said above, I don't think they completely dropped the ball. There's enough good stuff in here (helped largely by the supporting cast, as always) to keep the movie going and the conclusion is pretty satisfying and I chuckled a few times. I suppose it also helps that both Uma and Anna Faris look really really hot here. It's nice to see Faris playing not only a woman that isn't a completely obnoxious ditz, but a woman with an actual personality and some genuine charm... that isn't evil.
So, while it wasn't the dating-a-superhero movie of my dreams, at least it didn't totally disappoint... which is nice.