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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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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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Taglines:

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

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Comedy | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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11 May 2007 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$3,091,922 (USA) (8 July 2007)
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(European Film Market) | (unrated)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview with Creative Screenwriting magazine, the screenwriters, David Guion and Michael Handelman, virtually disowned the film. Guion said "That movie was a bit of a cautionary story for screenwriters in terms of that it was a movie that struggled a little bit and didn't test well initially, and the financiers panicked and said, 'We better show a lot of people getting hit in the balls.' It was unfortunate because the director, Jesse Peretz, is great and very talented, but the movie was ultimately taken out of his hands." See more »

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The bag of burgers is from In-n-Out, which has no franchises anywhere near the scene's setting of Ohio. See more »

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Bob Kowalski: Why would I give you my 'yes' ball?
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Crazy Credits

A series of outtakes and bloopers are played over the end credits. See more »

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References Family Matters (1989) See more »

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Magnum
Written by Jimmy Kaleth
Courtesy of APM Music
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A couple of yuks, but it ain't all that. - 5 of 10
23 April 2007 | by (seattle) – See all my reviews

I had high hopes for this film and made my friend watch it. His comment at the end was that he was glad he didn't spend any money on it. I must agree. While I enjoy all the actors involved, the film just doesn't have enough going for it to put it over the top. Too much talent was shown and then not used. This left me wanting.

With regards to the plot element: We care about Tom and Sofia, but Tom acts like an idiot and Sofia appears to brush him off too easily. Of course, this is to play into the plot, but it was too hard to believe after the beginning was set up so solidly. The result is a plot that cannot maintain it's credibility through to the end. It's a light film, so this isn't the greatest of crimes.

All in all, it is enjoyable, but it's middle of the road fare and certainly not worth the 8.1 rating that it is currently riding at. Rather somewhere between a five and a six depending on your perspectives and your mood. If you are rating this film higher, go watch Zach in Garden State and rethink your rating. That film is truly worth it's current 8 rating.

Enough said, 5 of 10.


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