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The Ex (Unrated)
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08.30.2007 By: Jason Adams
The Ex (Unrated) order
Director:
Jesse Peretz

Actors:
Zach Braff
Amanda Peet
Jason Bateman

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Recently fired Tom moves with his wife Sofia and their newborn baby back to her hometown, where he gets a job working for her father. Unfortunately Tomís new boss also happens to be Sofiaís wheelchair bound ex-boyfriend, a closet jerk whoís still obsessed with her.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
What a colossal disappointment. THE EX combines the stars of two of my favorite TV comedies (Braff from Scrubs and Bateman from Arrested Development) and manages to utterly decimate every ounce of comic potential either funnyman had.

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.)
THE EXTRAS
As noted above, the Unrated version is actually shorter than the original cut (and with a different ending). I hope they didnít just cut out six minutes so they could have some deleted scenes to put on the disc.

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.

Theatrical Trailer.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
THE EX is simply an embarrassment for all the talented people involved and a huge disappointment to any of their fans. Maybe Iíve been spoiled by all the recent Apatow goodness, but Iím pretty sure this is one of the worst ďcomediesĒ Iíve ever seen.

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.
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