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The Ex: Lame, Except for Jason Bateman

To say that Jason Bateman saves The Ex from collapsing in on itself would be to suggest that The Ex is actually a worthwhile film, which it basically isn't. It's not the worst thing ever, and there are some laugh-out-loud moments (all of which feature Jason Bateman or else another skilled comedian, such as Amy Poehler or Fred Armison), but it's not really worth the price of admission. My advice: Unless you are a die-hard Jason Bateman fan and refuse to miss a thing he does, then you should wait — not until this is out on DVD, but until it's on TBS at some random time like 2:00 PM the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

Zach Braff and Amanda Peet star as Tom and Sofia, a young couple pregnant with their first child. When the baby is born, Tom loses his job and the family move from New York to Ohio where Sofia's father gives Tom a job at his advertising agency. There Tom meets Chip (Jason Bateman), his wheelchair-bound mentor who also happens to still have a massive crush on Sofia from their high school cheerleading days. What follows is a string of SNL-type skits in which Chip tries to sabotage Tom's career, while Sofia learns stay-at-home mothering is not exactly what she wants. There's more to learn about The Ex, though, if you

It saddens me to harshly review a movie that stars Jason Bateman, since I believe him to be a kind of comedic magician. But I can take solace in the fact that it's not Bateman himself but the story that's lacking — oh, and the direction, and the editing, and the fact that the boom mike is in more than a few shots, and the utter lack of chemistry between Braff and Peet. The chemistry thing is partially due to the writing, but it's also because Peet comes across as an empty shell of a person.

It appears the original intention was for the focus of the film to be the young couple and the frustrations they face while on the "fast track" to boring-old-adulthood, hence the first title: Fast Track. However, that storyline is muddled and uninteresting, and it seems that at some point the filmmakers decided to concentrate more on Jason Bateman's role, since his is the most compelling performance in the movie.

My assumption is when they completed the film they realized the only good thing about it was Jason Bateman as "the ex," so they changed the title to divert attention from anything besides Bateman and his hilarious antics. Then, still figuring the reviews would be bad, they forbade critics from publishing reviews before the movie released. See, even the studio was wary of this movie, and I think audiences would be wise to follow suit.

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ispyemo ispyemo 8 years
i enjoyed the movie. it wasnt the best. but it was still pretty cute.
fashionstar fashionstar 8 years
I'm disappointed that this movie sucks, I wasn't going to see it at the theater but I was looking forward to watching it on DVD, so this is sad because I like Jason, Zack, and Amanda, who I quite frankly feel is adorable (she was in a cute show named Jack & Jill on the WB around the Dawson Creek Reign and I became a fan). She also has great hair when she lets it down by the way.
Food Food 8 years
i'll fess up, i've actually only seen peet in one thing (that I know of) and that's studio 60. the entire time, as much as I want to like her and her character, she just came across as vapid, shallow and empty.
andaman andaman 8 years
Yum, is that what you think of Amanda? Interesting..well I thought she was convincing as an immature daughter in as good as it gets (am I right?) with Diane Keaton and Jack Nicoleson. I think she's beautiful. But as an actress I want to see her in something like closer. She can pull it off I'm sure.
katiejam katiejam 8 years
What a disapointment - I just love Zach Braff and Jason Bateman (Arrested Development was HILARIOUS!). Too bad, maybe their next effort will be better.
Food Food 8 years
Such a shame I heart Jason Bateman, but you know I think Amanda Peet always comes across as an empty sort of character, no matter what character she's playing.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
I didn't find much in the trailer to laugh at; too bad. Most of the reviews give the movie a real thumbs down.
Jinx Jinx 8 years
I heard Jason blows this movie away, away from Zach and Amanda. I know Jason is good, but I didn't expect him to be so much better than the other two.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 8 years
Awwww maaaannnnn! I had such high hopes for this between the top three starring in the film. Boo, guess I'll wait till it's on DVD.
shutterbug shutterbug 8 years
Go see The Waitress instead, it's very well done--lovely and funny.
JennaV JennaV 8 years
I liked it!
LuciLu LuciLu 8 years
Just watching the previews on this, I knew it would be lame. Such a shame though, I reaalllly want Zach Braff to have a hit movie!
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