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The Ex (2006)

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PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 11 May 2007 (USA)
A slacker is forced to work for his father-in-law after his pregnant wife steps away from her high-paying job.

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Cast

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Amelia Kowalski
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Wesley
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Don Wollebin
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Carol Lane
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Manny
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Doug
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Woman (as Yafit Hallely)
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Forrest Mead
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Karen
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Paco
Michael Lawson ...
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Storyline

In Manhattan, Sofia's an attorney and Tom's a cook who has a hard time holding a job. When their first child is born, they agree that she'll be a full-time mom and he'll get a promotion. When he gets fired, he takes a job in Ohio working at the ad agency where her father is assistant director. Tom's assigned to report to Chip, a competitive, hard-driving guy who's in a wheelchair and who's Sofia's ex-boyfriend - from high school. Chip still carries a torch for her, so he connives to make Tom's work life miserable. As Tom's frustrations mount, it may be that Sofia will take Chip's side. Is Tom doomed to fail yet again? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Credit-grabbing, back-stabbing, wife-nabbing. Just another day at the office. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 May 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,394,229, 11 May 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,091,922, 8 July 2007
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Technical Specs

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(European Film Market) | (unrated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Charles Grodin's first film role in 13 years. See more »

Goofs

Bob tells Tom that he moved his family a 1000 miles, but the trip from NYC, NY to Columbus, OH is only about 550. See more »

Quotes

Sofia Kowalski: [Abby March makes comment about how Sofia isn't a happy person and Abby thinks it's bad for baby Oliver] You know what I think? You're an idiot. And your son Petey... is a dipshit.
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Crazy Credits

"Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson is published by HarperCollins, but the credits write it as "Harpers Collins." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Zach Braff/Maroon 5 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Game
Written by Mark McAdam
Performed by Mark McAdam and Karen Elson
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Slightly Disappointing If You Go In With Overly High Hopes
3 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

When I first walked into the theater to watch "The Ex" I was hoping on an hour and a half of non-stop gut laughter, I didn't get that, so I was slightly disappointed.

Looking back on it now I can see I was expecting too much. There isn't a possible way that an hour and a half long movie could keep the laughs-per-minute value as something like AD or Scrubs. What it does though, in my opinion, is keep the momentum of those two shows.

When I watched this movie a second time, I was not disappointed at all, because truthfully, "The Ex" is a fun little comedy that makes you chuckle and makes fast use of ninety minutes (as opposed to being drawn out and slow).

What makes this movie good is the actors. They're all superb, Zach Braff is hilarious, and you love to hate Jason Batemen's character. Charles Grodin's character was also particularly funny.

If there were halves, I'd give this movie a 7.5, but there isn't, but let me tell you why: I always start my movie grading at 9, and then add on an extra point if the movie is just jaw droppingly awesome. So for this movie I took of one point for the sole fact, that while the actors were fine, the script did not use them to their full potential. And then I also took off half a point because it seems like there was a lot more to the movie, that was cut out.

So there you go, and a word to the wise, get the Rated version, the Unrated version is not nearly as good as the original. Even if you have to get Full Screen, the rated, PG-13 version is much better.


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