Being a fan of Zach Braff, I really wanted to enjoy this movie. I think he’s a very talented actor, and one of those guys who you either love or hate. I also think that Jason Bateman is hysterical in most every role he takes. He’s got a great sense of humor, and his delivery is always perfect.
I’m not sure what it was about this movie, I just didn’t care all that much for it. The studios probably felt the same way, which is why it went straight to DVD, despite its positive internet buzz.
The story’s about Tom (Braff), who’s married to Sophia (Amanda Peet), and has trouble keeping any job he gets. So they decide to move to Ohio, where her parents live, and Tom takes a job working for Sophia’s father, at an ad agency. The man set to train Tom is Chip (Bateman), who also happens to be a guy that Tom’s wife slept with, back in high school. Chip tries to sabotage Tom, Tom tries to prove it, and funny things (are supposed to) happen.
One of the biggest problems I have with the movie, is that it’s called The Ex, yet he’s not an ex. Chip and Sophia slept together, but there’s no mention that they dated, in the entire movie. I know that’s a little tiny thing, in the grand scheme of things, but it’s still annoying that this could get by everyone involved in the movie.
While Braff and Peet have some decent chemistry on screen together, the movie itself just felt a little bit off. It’s almost as if they didn’t try hard enough to make a good movie, and just skated by, in hopes that all the big names in it would pay off.
If you like Zach Braff, and want to see a romantic comedy type movie, check out The Last Kiss, or Garden State, instead. The Ex you can skip, you’re a diehard fan of Braff, or Bateman.
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