My Super Ex-Girlfriend

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Energetic romantic comedy with sexual references.
  • PG-13
  • 2006
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

The movie takes a few jabs at traditional gender roles, not to mention typical anxieties concerning sex and commitment.

Positive role models & representations

Neurotic woman with superpowers is running joke (she uses powers to zap, throw, and abuse ex-boyfriend).

Violence

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.

Sex

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).

Language

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.

Consumerism

Times Square neon shows Coca-Cola, other brand names.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Characters drink wine and beer; villain smokes cigarettes.

What 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.

User Reviews

Parent of a 10 year old Written bysetsie1 April 9, 2008

It could have been so much more

This movie had so much potential but it never went anywhere. The plot was dumb the characters didn't make sense. The PG 13 didn't doesn't...
Adult Written byyll April 9, 2008
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

What's the story?

When Matt (Luke Wilson) first meets Jenny (Uma Thurman) on a NYC subway, he thinks she's demure and sweet, her head buried in her book, her brown hair straight and simple. And when he recovers her purse from a mugger, he feels empowered, even if he did hide in a dumpster with the purse. But as the newly forming couple walks off down an alley, the camera cranes up to show the would-be robber hanging from a grate four stories up, where Jenny has thrown him. And now you know: Her secret identity is G-Girl, blond superhero and local celebrity.

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. He's funny, charming, and surprising, this last especially hard to be in a movie so fond of clichés.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about effective ways to "break up" with boy- and girlfriends. How does the movie's comic violence make fun of this usually painful process?

  • How does the film show that teasing in high school can lead to long-lasting hurt feelings?

  • How might Jenny have treated her friend Barry more generously?

Movie details

For kids who love superheroes

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