I did not laugh one time during this entire movie. And I donít mean that as some sort of hyperbole, like ďTHE EX raped me with its unfunny cancer.Ē I literally just sat there in a disbelieving stupor for 84 minutes, not even cracking a smile once. THE EX is so bad, I couldnít even tell what dialogue or situations were supposed to be funny. Was it the new wave ad agency run by a stereotypical hippie? The recurring gag with Mia Farrowís character randomly speaking Spanish? Zach Braff continually threatening an eight year old? None of those even sound funny on paper.
Braff isnít given much to do except act like a senseless moron (he throws a handicapped person down the stairs at one point), but the bigger crime is that the movie THE EX is barely about the ex. Chip is a fairly minor character for the first hour and then shows up in the end as if heís been the moustache-twirling villain the entire time. Whatís worse is that Chip is so obviously creepy and annoying that heís never a real threat to Tom, leaving Bateman and his story arc completely out to dry. Instead, the movie is comprised of a bunch of little tangents and subplots that are a waste of the already short running time. You can hear the filmmakers say, ďAmy Poehler, Donal Logue, Amy Adams and Fred Armisen agreed to be in this movie; so we gave them each a random scene or two that has nothing to do with the story. Enjoy.Ē
Thankfully, there is a quick yet delightful cameo by Paul Rudd, who saves THE EX from receiving zero stars.
(Note: A quick check at IMDB shows that the unrated version is six minutes shorter than the theatrical cut. Could the original version have all the funniness intact? I doubt it.)
Deleted Scenes (5:59): Eight in total. A lot of these would have filled in some major plot holes, but unfortunately none of them are funny.
Alternate Opening (1:32): Bizarre. A pair of tighty-whities falls on Zach Braffís head as he walks down the street.
Alternate Endings (8:39): Two of the three are pretty much the same, just different locations. The third is the original theatrical ending which I think wraps up the story much better.
Bloopers (2:48): Watch as Paul Rudd schools everyone in how to be funny. Sadly, Bateman is not as dirty as he is on the Arrested Development DVD outtakes.
Extra Tidbit: THE EX is Charles Grodinís first movie in 13 years. At first, I thought he had aged a few decades, but after some quick fact checking the man was actually pushing 60 when BEETHOVEN came out in 1992.