A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie takes a few jabs at traditional gender roles, not to mention typical anxieties concerning sex and commitment.
Positive Role Models
Neurotic woman with superpowers is running joke (she uses powers to zap, throw, and abuse ex-boyfriend).
Violence & Scariness
G-Girl thwarts robbery, mugging, fire, and missile headed to NYC, also saves Matt who is hanging from Statue of Liberty (all these scenes feature frantic camera, harrowing/comic situations); explosion when Jenny touches meteor; shark in apartment bites at Matt and destroys furniture; in a nightmare, G-Girl threatens Matt with a chainsaw; fight between supergirls wreaks havoc on street.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual situations and slang; tongue-kissing; sexual-activity jokes; Matt stripped naked in his office (you see him from behind); references to sexual harassment; Jenny's breasts grow when she's first transformed into G-Girl; Matt feels "emasculated" sex while flying; another sex scene shows flesh in conventional close shots (hands, torsos, soft light).
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Some profanity ("a--hole," SOB," "hell," "s--t," "damn" etc.); and some lively phrasing ("hellcat in bed," "chainsaw up the a--"); Jenny laser-burns the word "dick" into Matt's forehead.
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Products & Purchases
Times Square neon shows Coca-Cola, other brand names.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink wine and beer; villain smokes cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while the tone remains light-comedic, the film includes frequent sexual references and images, including jokes about "close" male friendships, effeminate men, and domineering women. Three sex scenes in beds (two comically show beds slamming through walls as superwomen are on top of partners). A character makes repeated sexual remarks about women; a black supervisor at work discusses sexual harassment and feels offended when Matt carelessly calls her "homegirl." Violence is cartoonish and frequent (explosions, robbery ending in gunfire at superbodied G-Girl, falls, slamming through ceilings and walls). Characters drink wine and beer. Villain smokes cigarettes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Energetic and deliberately absurd, MY SUPER EX-GIRLFRIEND makes fun of comic-book/action movie and romantic comedy conventions. Written by former Simpsons scribe Don Payne and directed by Ivan Reitman, the movie also takes a few jabs at traditional gender roles, not to mention typical anxieties concerning sex and commitment.
There is some spastic violence on the street (cars tossed, spinning tornado effects, buildings broken) as well as the sorts of revelations you might expect for a happy ending. But the film's most delightful element is not special-effected; it's Eddie Izzard's performance as Professor Bedlam. Bedlam is funny, charming, and surprising, this last especially hard to be in a movie so fond of clichés.
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