The Ex (2006)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Romance


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A slacker is forced to work for his father-in-law after his pregnant wife steps away from her high-paying job.

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  • Amanda Peet and Zach Braff in The Ex (2006)
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23 April 2007 | deadsenator
5
| A couple of yuks, but it ain't all that. - 5 of 10
I had high hopes for this film and made my friend watch it. His comment at the end was that he was glad he didn't spend any money on it. I must agree. While I enjoy all the actors involved, the film just doesn't have enough going for it to put it over the top. Too much talent was shown and then not used. This left me wanting.

With regards to the plot element: We care about Tom and Sofia, but Tom acts like an idiot and Sofia appears to brush him off too easily. Of course, this is to play into the plot, but it was too hard to believe after the beginning was set up so solidly. The result is a plot that cannot maintain it's credibility through to the end. It's a light film, so this isn't the greatest of crimes.

All in all, it is enjoyable, but it's middle of the road fare and certainly not worth the 8.1 rating that it is currently riding at. Rather somewhere between a five and a six depending on your perspectives and your mood. If you are rating this film higher, go watch Zach in Garden State and rethink your rating. That film is truly worth it's current 8 rating.

Enough said, 5 of 10.

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Trivia

Charles Grodin's first film role in 13 years.


Quotes

Bob Kowalski: Fuck!
Tom Reilly: Are you okay?
Bob Kowalski: That lamp is hotter than shit!


Goofs

Tom and Manny walk down a street supposedly in Ohio. In the background, however, we can clearly see the High Line, an abandoned elevated railway in Manhattan.


Crazy Credits

"Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson is published by HarperCollins, but the credits write it as "Harpers Collins."


Alternate Versions

SPOILER WARNING The version of the film on the Unrated DVD is drastically different than, and is in fact shorter than, the theatrical release. The plot point in which it is revealed that Chip was faking his handicap is never revealed. The following scenes are removed from the film:

  • The hospital scene where Oliver is born and named.
  • The scene where Tom plays basketball with Chip in a wheelchair.
  • The scene between Tom and Chip in the locker room.
  • The scene in which Chip reveals he can walk to Tom.
  • The scene in which Chip reveals he can walk to Sofia, Wesley and Wesley's father. (This appears as an alternate ending on the DVD)
  • The scene in Barcelona where Chip is at the Idea building. However, the Unrated version has several short new scenes including:
  • A bizarre dream that Tom has.
  • More of Amelia's Spanish speaking.


Soundtracks

Mornings Eleven
Written by
Romeo Stodart and Michele Stodart
Performed by The Magic Numbers
Published by Warner Chappell Music Publishing Ltd. (ASCAP)/Copyright Control
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music

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Comedy | Romance

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