The Ex (2006)
A slacker is forced to work for his father-in-law after his pregnant wife steps away from her high-paying job.
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?
Married Sofia Kowalski and Tom Reilly are a high powered environmental lawyer and a chef respectively in New York City, although being a chef is only college-educated but unfocused Tom's latest job in he usually getting fired in standing up for himself and others to unfair bosses or job situations. Despite the inequality in their paychecks, they've decided that Sofia will become a stay-at-home mom when their yet unborn son arrives, making Tom the sole household breadwinner. But when Tom gets fired yet again on the day that Sofia gives birth to son Oliver, Tom believes he has to do the inevitable and take Sofia's father Bob Kowalski's open offer to work at an advertising firm in Sofia's Ohio hometown, the firm at which Bob is a senior manager, with Tom being in an entry-level position in the creative department. Bob has assigned Chip Sanders to be Tom's mentor, Chip who is one of Sofia's high school friends and who Bob treats like the son he never had. Tom not only has to get used to the "touchy-feely" M.O. of the company under the direction of its new president Don Wollebin, but also working under wheelchair-bound Chip, who has been been in a wheelchair since he was a child and who seems quietly to dislike Tom. As Chip subversively tries to ruin Tom in every aspect of his life, Tom begins to believe that Chip's end goal is Sofia when he learns that Sofia and Chip dated and had sex with each other in high school. Tom, who hates almost everything about their new life except Sofia and Oliver, has to convince Bob, but especially Sofia about how horrible a person Chip really is, he who everyone else seems to love and admire. Meanwhile, Sofia too is miserable in Ohio hanging out with the other mommies, especially former classmate, Abby March, although she keeps these feelings to herself in dealing with Tom seemingly going off the rails more so than usual.
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Though it was released worldwide as Fast Track, its US title was The Ex (likely because of a copyright issue), which doesnt really suit the film. The young stars do a good job, and there are some laughs, though the story is only slightly more elaborate than a sit com. Still, it has a few shining moments.
Zach Braff is Tom Reilly, a soon-to-be father who finds himself forced to take a job with His father-in-law (Grodin in a very good performance) at an ad agency where he finds him self pitted against his wifes high school friend, and fling, Chip Sanders (Jason Bateman) for his corporate survival.
This formula comedy is a mix of TVs The Office and Meet The Parents, which means that it also has a higher frustration level than I usually enjoy in my comedies, as things get progressively worse and worse for poor Tom Reilly. Still, this film will appeal to fans of the hot young cast, and of the movies mentioned above. For others, its not bad and shouldl give a giggle or two.