By Fred Topel | Image property of 20th Century Fox.
My Super Ex-Girlfriend
Fortunately, nobody in real life has to go through what Matt Saunders (Luke Wilson) does in My Super Ex-Girlfriend. Dating and then breaking up with G-Girl (Uma Thurman), Matt endures her super wrath when she uses her powers to ruin his life. For director Ivan Reitman, the underlying themes make this fantasy relatable.
Speaking of My Super Ex-Girlfriend
“I think certainly men and women each have all had relationships or sometimes a new relationship where you suddenly stop after a month and say, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe I’m with this person. I gotta get out of here,’” Reitman said. “Probably all of us have been in situations where the person we’re with is really impossible and the repercussions of the break up are really complicated.”
G-Girl’s devious plots involve lots of CGI, but Reitman didn’t want to make a pure special effects film. “Actually for me I was minimizing that as much as I could. I actually reduced what was in the original screenplay which was much more comic book oriented. And reduced the fantasy elements of it. I think that special effects stuff was not particularly hard. The challenging part is to get the comedy rhythms to work just right and to find the right tone for this kind of movie, because it’s tricky.”
As such, he’s a little worried that die hard comic book fans wont’ get their kicks from Super Ex. “This is not the movie that someone coming to see a movie, like Superman that costs $250 million dollars, are all about that, are going to probably be more satisfying as comic book movies. But this should be a more satisfying moviegoing experience as a whole because it’s funny and you get emotionally involved.”
As a comic book fan himself, Reitman was always into comedy. “I liked Archie. I like the Archie comics. I did like the DC comics and I liked the horror comics, the EC stuff. The early EC stuff, the really horrific stuff because I was a big horror movie and horror fan. I think it shifted. I got more into Mad magazine as I got older. I think by the time I was sort of a late teenager, I was pretty clearly most interested in comedy.”
Reitman’s special effects comedies have been massive successes in the past, but he’s not so bold as to say My Super Ex-Girlfriend is a sure thing. “I sure hope so. You never know. It may not be quite broad enough to be that level of hit. I don't know. It’s pretty funny. The audiences really do love it, but I’ve been in the business too long to speculate that way. I’ve had the good fortune of having that kind of movie about four or five times so it would be nice to have it happen here.”
My Super Ex-Girlfriend opens to theatres this Friday, July 21st.