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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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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>

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

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Comedy | Romance

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,394,229 (USA) (11 May 2007)

Gross:

$3,091,922 (USA) (6 July 2007)
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(European Film Market) | (unrated)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Throughout the movie, Oliver changes in size inconsistently to the time line of the movie. For example, upon the arrival of the family to their home in Ohio, while on the porch, Oliver appears to be 1-2 months old. When the action shifts to inside the house, Oliver has aged by several months. In his next scene, the child has returned to his newborn size. See more »

Quotes

Tom Reilly: He's paralyzed from the waist down!
Sofia Kowalski: [with a satisfied smile] Not completely!
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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

References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Drinks for Two
Written and Performed by Paul Williams
Published by Cypress Creek Music (ASCAP)/Ocean Ridge Music 1 (SOCAN)
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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I Hate Chip Sanders
5 November 2007 | by (Miami, Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

Jason Bateman shined in this average comedy featuring Zach Braff and Amanda Peet. Despite being in a wheelchair for the entire movie, Jason Bateman does a fantastic job making the audience despise his character Chip Sanders. Tom Reilly (Braff) moves back to his wife's home town to take a job working with his father-in-law. Despite his nice-guy efforts, co-worker Chip just won't let Tom feel like he's doing anything right. When we discover that Chip is actually Tom's wife's ex, Bateman's performance had me wishing that Zach Braff would strangle Chip in a fit of rage.

Zach Braff plays the likable main character who, just when you start to cheer for him, finds some idiotic way to disappoint you. I expected a little more from Amanda Peet after her hysterical performance in The Whole Nine Yards, but she performed solidly.

Jason Bateman proves in this flick just why he received so much critical acclaim for Arrested Development.


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