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The Ex (2006)

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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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Jesse Peretz

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zach Braff ... Tom Reilly
Amanda Peet ... Sofia Kowalski
Jason Bateman ... Chip Sanders
Charles Grodin ... Bob Kowalski
Mia Farrow ... Amelia Kowalski
Lucian Maisel ... Wesley
Donal Logue ... Don Wollebin
Amy Poehler ... Carol Lane
Fred Armisen ... Manny
Bob Stephenson ... Doug
Yaffit Hallely ... Woman (as Yafit Hallely)
Josh Charles ... Forrest Mead
Marin Hinkle ... Karen
Yul Vazquez ... Paco
Michael Lawson Michael Lawson ... Busboy
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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

11 May 2007 (USA) See more »

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

Runtime:

(European Film Market) | (unrated)

Sound Mix:

DTS | SDDS | Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Sofia Kowalski: Your baby's 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 »

Alternate Versions

SPOILER WARNING The version of the film on the Unrated DVD is drastically different than, and is in fact shorter than, the theatrical release. The plot point in which it is revealed that Chip was faking his handicap is never revealed. The following scenes are removed from the film:
  • The hospital scene where Oliver is born and named.
  • The scene where Tom plays basketball with Chip in a wheelchair.
  • The scene between Tom and Chip in the locker room.
  • The scene in which Chip reveals he can walk to Tom.
  • The scene in which Chip reveals he can walk to Sofia, Wesley and Wesley's father. (This appears as an alternate ending on the DVD)
  • The scene in Barcelona where Chip is at the Idea building. However, the Unrated version has several short new scenes including:
  • A bizarre dream that Tom has.
  • More of Amelia's Spanish speaking.
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Connections

References Child's Play (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Game
(uncredited)
Written by Mark McAdam
Performed by Mark McAdam and Karen Elson
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User Reviews

 
Can compete for Worst movie of 2006
8 September 2007 | by prasanth_lsuSee all my reviews

The movie doesn't move anywhere plot-wise. Everyone apart from the guy which is disabled seem to range from dumb to very dumb.

Tom's in-laws are very naive. Tom isn't intelligent either. Most of the people lack common sense. His wife never supports him and Tom doesn't does anything to improve his life either at work or at home. i feel i wasted 100 minutes of my life by watching this movie.

NEVER watch this movie, unless you have NOTHING, by nothing i mean it. Even staring out of your window can be an interesting thing to do than watching this movie.

NEVER NEVER watch this movie.


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