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The Ex

The Ex

Director:Jesse Peretz
Cast:Zach Braff, Amanda Peet, Jason Bateman, Charles Grodin
Release Date:2007

By G. Brian Davis | Posted 5/16/2007

Zach Braff is funny and Amanda Peet is cute--how bad could The Ex be? When Tom (Braff) loses his job as a New York chef and Sofia (Peet) delivers their baby, they decide to relocate to Sofia's Ohio hometown. Tom starts working for Sofia's father (Charles Grodin), and his fortune continues its downhill slide when Sofia's crippled ex-boyfriend Chip (a perfectly cast Jason Bateman) agrees to mentor him. The resulting cookie-cutter romantic comedy is served with a topping of fatigued jokes and physical-comedy filling. Tom takes the brunt of snowboards to the head and pork tenderloins to the face, but the only genuine comedy strikes on the rare occasions that the script manages to muster a surprise. The rest is predictable at best, and leaves you in states ranging from disquiet (Tom caught trying to force his neighbor's son to scarf a hamburger in one bite) to disgust (a group of cloying young mothers standing in a circle and attempting laughter therapy with their infants). Sometimes garbage should be thrown away, not recycled, a lesson rookie screenwriters David Guion and Michael Handelman haven't learned. So, yeah: What's good about The Ex? Zach Braff is funny and Amanda Peet is cute.

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