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THE EX - 2007

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SHANNON ONSTOT

Shannon OnstotTHE EX

By
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What could have been a mediocre and forgettable film became a charming and quirky romantic comedy with a hint of originality, thanks to its stellar cast. The Ex puts forth good effort, with a few shortcomings, but is a feel good movie overall with quite a few good laughs.

Zach Braff stars as Tom Reilly, a newlywed and new dad who can’t seem to hold a job because of his personal convictions and snappy attitude. His wife Sofia (Amanda Peet) is a busy and successful lawyer who decides to become a full time mom. On the day their son is born, instead of getting a promotion to head chef like he promised, Tom ends up getting fired. They decide to move out of New York to Sofia’s hometown in Ohio so that Tom can work for his father-in-law (Charles Grodin) at Sunburst Ad Agency.

Right when Tom and Sofia arrive at their new house, they are greeted by the strange and neurotic people that inhabit “the heart of America.” Sofia’s mom is a complete space case played by Mia Farrow, and her father means well but always has a glass of scotch and a weird smile on his face. The couple’s new neighbor is a kid named Wesley (Lucian Maisel) who befriends Sofia right away and hangs out at their house constantly.

Tom joins the team at the ad agency, and is an outcast right away. It turns out that Sunburst is a very conceptual place where strange rules keep getting him in trouble and his mentor seems to be out to get him. It all starts with the “Yes Ball,” an imaginary ball that is tossed around the office to keep the whole team in sync. When Tom throws a long shot to Chip Sanders, his new trainer, he doesn’t realize that he’s in a wheelchair and everyone assumes that Tom has made a joke at the paralyzed man’s expense.

Chip Sanders is played by Jason Bateman, a deliciously evil character who brings a burst of energy to the film as a whole. Tom finds out that Chip went to high school with his wife, and then later finds out that they slept together at one point. This instantly makes Tom uncomfortable and the rivalry between Chip and Tom kicks off. Tom is sure that Chip has something to hide, but Chip almost always uses his handicap to appear innocent and turn blame around on Tom for anything that goes wrong at the office. They constantly compete for success and for the affection of an increasingly frustrated Sofia.

I loved the chemistry between Braff and Bateman, and thought that they made a great team. At certain points the storyline made me feel like I was watching a really long sitcom, but every time I started to feel that way, a new situation or little twist was thrown the audience’s way, and I thought the pacing was very effective. When the film first started, I felt like the story was rushed and Braff and Peet had no chemistry whatsoever. Later, they seemed to get more comfortable in their roles and the storyline seemed to follow.

One thing that bothered me throughout the whole film was the underuse of a lot of great actors, and the odd placement of their characters in the story. Unfortunately, Mia Farrow could have been cut out of the film completely as she added nothing to the storyline or the overall energy of the movie. Others added a great twist to the movie, but weren’t on screen for more than five minutes. Paul Rudd, Amy Adams, Amy Poehler, and Donal Logue all have great small roles that add to the quirkiness of the cast, but left me wanting more of them and less of Braff and Peet. One surprise that came out of the cast was Charles Grodin in his first major role since he was the dad in Beethoven. He was charming, bumbling and odd, and brought a really refreshing comedic perspective to the film.

Overall, The Ex has a few faults and rough patches, but the cast has such a great chemistry and spirit that they charm you into forgetting about all the little things that don’t make sense. For example, I’m still not exactly sure why the film is called The Ex, because Chip never really dated Sofia, they just slept together once in high school. Little things like that popped into my head while I was watching, but Bateman, Braff and Grodin made me forget all about the film’s shortcomings and realize that it’s just a feel good romantic comedy with some very original characters, nothing more, nothing less.

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