Reviewed by: Keith Howland
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Why should I save sex for marriage? Answer
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|Featuring:||Luke Wilson, Uma Thurman, Anna Faris, Eddie Izzard, Wanda Sykes|
|Distributor:||20th Century Fox Distribution|
“He broke her heart. She broke his everything.”
An ordinary guy name Matt Saunders (Luke Wilson) asks out seemingly ordinary girl Jenny Johnson (Uma Thurman). They “click” and continue dating, but he discovers that she is overly clingy and neurotic, so he asks for a little time “to evaluate the relationship.” In other words, he wants to break up. Of course, Jenny is no ordinary girl—she is “G-Girl,” a superhero who protects New York City from all sorts of calamities. And since Jenny/G-Girl is very neurotic, and she does have superpowers, she naturally seeks super-powered vengeance on her hapless ex-boyfriend.
In short, the concept of “My Super Ex-Girlfriend” blends “The Break-Up” with the current superhero movie craze. Such a premise is accompanied by an inevitable mean-spiritedness in tone. But this film goes much further than that—it is also complete and utter filth. Luke Wilson manages to exude some ordinary-guy sweetness, and Eddie Izzard gives an admirably restrained performance as supervillain Bedlam, but these commendable points are lost amidst a fray of utter sexual degradation.
There is not a single scene in the film that does not depict sex or include dialogue about sex. Indeed, Matt’s friend Vaughn (Rainn Wilson) does nothing but talk about sex. And none of the sex, whether depicted or discussed, is even once what God intended it to be—the consummation of a physical relationship of a man and a woman in the bond of marriage (Genesis 2:18-24; Matthew 19:4-6; I Corinthians 6:16). God expressly forbids any sex outside of marriage (Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 18; Matthew 5:27-28), yet this movie repeatedly and exuberantly endorses it. Vaughn rightly describes his obsession as “carnality,” and his incessant ruminations on the topic are especially degrading to women. Ironically, one incidental character in the film is Matt’s work supervisor (Wanda Sykes), who is constantly on the alert for sexual harassment in the workplace. If she were this film’s supervisor, it would be fired on the spot!
Even if this movie were not inextricably offensive (with male nudity, profanity, and gratuitous violence piled atop the mountain of sex and sex-themed dialogue), it would still be substandard. The story by Don Payne is predictable and uneven in tone. Ivan Reitman’s direction is uninspired, and the acting is often less than persuasive. The visual effects are mostly just cheesy, too. (One question also needs to be asked: How many superheroes does New York need? It already has Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four; and if you figure that Metropolis and Gotham are really doubles for the Big Apple, it has Superman and Batman, too. Don’t other cities need heroes?)
All good art points in some way to God—His presence, His character, or His work of redemption through Jesus Christ. Art itself is a reflection of God’s own creativity, as exercised in Creation and displayed throughout the visible universe. By this measure, “My Super Ex-Girlfriend” can be seen only as utterly artless. In every way, it shamelessly opposes the presence, character, and work of God.
By the last reel, if the film has managed to present a theme or a “moral” of any kind, it is this: Be honest about your feelings. Well, let me be honest with you: This film is awful. Do not see it.
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Heavy
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