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The Ex (2006)

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PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 11 May 2007 (USA)
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A slacker is forced to work for his father-in-law after his pregnant wife steps away from her high-paying job.

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Jesse Peretz

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zach Braff ... Tom Reilly
Amanda Peet ... Sofia Kowalski
Jason Bateman ... Chip Sanders
Charles Grodin ... Bob Kowalski
Mia Farrow ... Amelia Kowalski
Lucian Maisel ... Wesley
Donal Logue ... Don Wollebin
Amy Poehler ... Carol Lane
Fred Armisen ... Manny
Bob Stephenson ... Doug
Yaffit Hallely ... Woman (as Yafit Hallely)
Josh Charles ... Forrest Mead
Marin Hinkle ... Karen
Yul Vazquez ... Paco
Michael Lawson Michael Lawson ... Busboy
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Storyline

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? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

On January 19, it's not business, it's personal. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

11 May 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ex See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,394,229, 13 May 2007

Gross USA:

$3,093,394

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,178,640
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(European Film Market) | (unrated)

Sound Mix:

DTS | SDDS | Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Co-stars Zach Braff and Paul Rudd were both born on April 6 (although Rudd is six years older). See more »

Goofs

During the Family barbeque, Sophia's mom is seen sitting down and holding Oliver, then the shot switches and we see her from a different angle and she is holding the baby differently. This happens several times within the scene See more »

Quotes

Sofia Kowalski: Your baby's a dipshit!
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Crazy Credits

A series of outtakes and bloopers are played over the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

SPOILER WARNING The version of the film on the Unrated DVD is drastically different than, and is in fact shorter than, the theatrical release. The plot point in which it is revealed that Chip was faking his handicap is never revealed. The following scenes are removed from the film:
  • The hospital scene where Oliver is born and named.
  • The scene where Tom plays basketball with Chip in a wheelchair.
  • The scene between Tom and Chip in the locker room.
  • The scene in which Chip reveals he can walk to Tom.
  • The scene in which Chip reveals he can walk to Sofia, Wesley and Wesley's father. (This appears as an alternate ending on the DVD)
  • The scene in Barcelona where Chip is at the Idea building. However, the Unrated version has several short new scenes including:
  • A bizarre dream that Tom has.
  • More of Amelia's Spanish speaking.
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Soundtracks

Love and Disaster
(uncredited)
Written by Angela McCluskey and Scott McCloud
Performed by Angela McCluskey
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User Reviews

 
Slightly Disappointing If You Go In With Overly High Hopes
3 September 2007 | by connorcrewsSee all my reviews

When I first walked into the theater to watch "The Ex" I was hoping on an hour and a half of non-stop gut laughter, I didn't get that, so I was slightly disappointed.

Looking back on it now I can see I was expecting too much. There isn't a possible way that an hour and a half long movie could keep the laughs-per-minute value as something like AD or Scrubs. What it does though, in my opinion, is keep the momentum of those two shows.

When I watched this movie a second time, I was not disappointed at all, because truthfully, "The Ex" is a fun little comedy that makes you chuckle and makes fast use of ninety minutes (as opposed to being drawn out and slow).

What makes this movie good is the actors. They're all superb, Zach Braff is hilarious, and you love to hate Jason Batemen's character. Charles Grodin's character was also particularly funny.

If there were halves, I'd give this movie a 7.5, but there isn't, but let me tell you why: I always start my movie grading at 9, and then add on an extra point if the movie is just jaw droppingly awesome. So for this movie I took of one point for the sole fact, that while the actors were fine, the script did not use them to their full potential. And then I also took off half a point because it seems like there was a lot more to the movie, that was cut out.

So there you go, and a word to the wise, get the Rated version, the Unrated version is not nearly as good as the original. Even if you have to get Full Screen, the rated, PG-13 version is much better.


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