The Ex

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Director: Jesse Peretz
Cast: Zach Braff, Amanda Peet, Jason Bateman, Charles Grodin, Mia Farrow, Donal Logue, Amy Poehler, Amy Adams
RunTime: 92 mins
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Rating: M18 (Sexual References)

Although this movie is called The Ex, it has nothing to do with an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend. It was originally called Fast Track in the US, and the change of name was in hope to bring better box office in other markets.

If a movie cannot even decide what title and kind of identity it wants to be, then it is in serious trouble.

The story centers around househusband Tom Reilly (Zach Braff) and his lawyer wife Sofia (Amanda Peet), who face financial difficulty when they have a newborn.

When Tom decides to work as an 'Assistant Associate Creative', his boss Chip (Jason Bateman) happens to be his wife's 'ex', or should more appropriately put a one-night stand. When the handicapped boss on a wheelchair is interested in an employee’s wife, male ego clashes with male ego. Expect nothing else but immature men with hurt egos playing dirty tricks and little sabotages.

While the movie does provide occasional laughs with exaggerated antics more than clever lines, you will walk out of the cinema not remembering much and unclear about the purpose of the story. Although it is termed as a romantic comedy, there is less romantic than being mean spirited (towards the handicapped) and superficial.

Chicken Little's Zach Braff has been in 'neither here nor there' kind of movies such as The Last Kiss, and Garden State. The Ex will just add on to this list.

The Ex - Time to Move On

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