Ex

The Ex

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Director: Jesse Peretz, Zach Braff, Amanda Peet, Jason Bateman

Cast: Jesse Peretz, Zach Braff, Amanda Peet, Jason Bateman

     
 

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Acclaimed music-video director Jesse Peretz made his third feature with this comedy starring Zach Braff and Jason Bateman. Tom (Braff) is an aspiring chef whose wife Sofia (Amanda Peet) has just quit her high-paying job to stay home with their new baby. When it becomes abundantly clear that they can no longer

Overview

Acclaimed music-video director Jesse Peretz made his third feature with this comedy starring Zach Braff and Jason Bateman. Tom (Braff) is an aspiring chef whose wife Sofia (Amanda Peet) has just quit her high-paying job to stay home with their new baby. When it becomes abundantly clear that they can no longer maintain their New York City lifestyle, the family picks up and moves to Sofia's hometown in Ohio, where Tom is hired to work at her father's ad agency. It is there that Tom meets Chip (Bateman), the agency's wheelchair-bound golden boy, who also happened to have a one-night stand with Sofia while the two were cheerleaders in high school. Suddenly, Tom finds himself sabotaged by Chip at every step as the nefarious paraplegic schemes to steal Sofia from him and destroy any chance he might have of success at the agency. Released briefly in 2006 under the title Fast Track, the film was retitled The Ex before receiving a wide release in the Spring of 2007.

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The spirit of a good Farrelly brothers movie comes alive in The Ex, a surprisingly likeable comedy, with just enough oddball curves up its sleeve to avoid feeling overly familiar. In fact, in the same year the Farrellys released their misanthropic version of The Heartbreak Kid, director Jesse Peretz reminds them how to get their own tone right -- without losing the naughty edginess. To extend the analogy, Zach Braff plays the role that Ben Stiller used to play better than he currently does, exasperated yet earnest. In such a broad physical comedy, Braff could have slouched toward his tired Scrubs mugging, but here he shows that his more highfalutin projects have rubbed off on him -- at least a little bit. That broad physicality is no indictment, however, as the definite key to this film is Braff's rival, played by Jason Bateman, who's wheelchair-bound yet unworthy of the sympathy usually associated with that. Any viewer who wondered how they were going to pull that off need not worry -- Bateman makes his Chip deliciously detestable, but without crossing over into camp. Their bitter jockeying plays out over a number of good set pieces, most awkwardly, when the able-bodied Braff gets tricked into a game of wheelchair basketball -- where everyone else thinks he's paralyzed. The writing zips, with Amanda Peet giving it more oomph than anyone. Even Charles Grodin has a winning supporting role as Peet's father, showing he's still got whip-smart comic timing. It's risky to hand out such accolades to a relatively inconsequential comedy, but The Ex needs a little extra help, as it was brutally received by a number of critics. That's a shame, because there are a lot of laughs in this movie -- and not just guilty ones, either.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2007
UPC:
0796019801171
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Weinstein Company
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:29:00

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Alternate endings; Blooper reel

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Zach Braff Tom Reilly
Amanda Peet Sofia Kowalski
Jason Bateman Chip Sanders
Charles Grodin Bob Kowalski
Mia Farrow Amelia Kowalski
Lucien Maisel Wesley
Paul Rudd Actor
Amy Poehler Actor
Fred Armisen Actor
Donal Logue Don
Amy Adams Actor

Technical Credits
Jesse Peretz Director
Ray Angelic Executive Producer
Marc Butan Executive Producer
Anne Carey Producer
Tricia Cooke Editor
Mark Cuban Executive Producer
John Dunn Costumes/Costume Designer
David Guion Screenwriter
Michael Handelman Screenwriter
Ted Hope Producer
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Jeff McEvoy Editor
Tracy McKnight Musical Direction/Supervision
John Michel Editor
T.J. O'Mara Sound/Sound Designer
John Paino Production Designer
Tom Richmond Cinematographer
Couper Samuelson Co-producer
Edward Shearmur Score Composer
Todd Wagner Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Ex
1. Baby Names [5:51]
2. Oliver [5:02]
3. Ohio Welcomes You [3:43]
4. First Day At Sunburst [4:22]
5. Mr. Stinkywinky [5:24]
6. Three-Prong Strategy [5:22]
7. Able-Bodied Basketball [4:11]
8. Moushiwake Locker Room [5:12]
9. Baby Buddhism [4:22]
10. Lion's Pride [:33]
11. A Toast [3:50]
12. Manny The Listener [2:34]
13. Tape Mixup [5:06]
14. Sunburst Into Flames [3:36]
15. Hot Wheels and The Family [5:04]
16. News Flash [5:08]
17. They'll Never See What Hit 'Em [3:39]
18. The Kids a Natural [5:38]
1. Tom and Sofia Decide to Leave NYC [:55]
2. "I Promise" [:23]
3. Sofia and Her Mom [:33]
4. Tom At Copier [:36]
5. Chip's Car [:42]
6. Drinks With Carol [:41]
7. Nancy Gives Book to Tom [:48]
8. Carol Quits [1:17]
9. Tom's Nightmare [1:15]
10. After the Fire [:48]
11. Chip Returns Tape Dispenser [:50]
12. Chip Beats Up Tom - Alternate Version [:41]
13. Mother/Daughter Chat [1:32]

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The Ex 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though this movie has been given some bad reviews, I found it very funny, with some romance and a little drama. Zach Braff is a great actor, he is able to be extremly funny and also very serious. It is a good movie for a light, fun watch. I recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie tried hard to be funny, but the jokes fell flat and the jumpy, erratic script distracted from the acting, which was not bad. The scenes felt like they were thrown together in editing. It didn't feel like a complete film. The acting was as good as it could be with what the actors had to work with. Jason Bateman was great as a thoroughly evil troublemaker, but the place where they worked was so obnoxious that it was difficult to get over it. The scenes with Amanda and Zach were good. They had great chemistry. My husband and I both thought their scenes together about childbirth and the baby were very realistic, refreshingly so. But that couldn't help the rest of this one. The movie totally wasted the immense comic talents of Amy Poehler and Fred Armisen. Sorry, Zach! Love ya, but you need to write them before you star in them.