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The Ex (2006)

Country: USA

Genres: Comedy, Romance

Taglines: Credit-grabbing. Back-stabbing. Wife-nabbing. Just another day at the office.

Director: Jesse Peretz

Writers: David Guion, Michael Handelman

Stars: Zach Braff, Amanda Peet, Jason Bateman, Charles Grodin, ...

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?

70 | Scott Foundas

The movie is Bateman's to steal, however, which he does early and often.
Read More: Village Voice

67 | Marc Mohan

Charles Grodin, in his first film in a dozen years, provides some of the best moments as Sofia's dad, while Mia Farrow is kind of creepy as her mom.
Read More: Portland Oregonian

63 | Steven Rea

Some of the most tasteless and un-PC comedy in the film is also the funniest - Farrelly Brothers-style humor that plays off the Bateman character's physical limitations.
Read More: Philadelphia Inquirer

60 | Stina Chyn

Peretz's film continuously subverts the audience's expectations of what should likely happen given genre conventions.
Read More: Film Threat

50 | Michael Phillips

If you want a relationship comedy that feels like last year's stuff, doesn't go far enough in any direction and is made watchable only by an overqualified ensemble, there's The Ex.
Read More: Chicago Tribune

50 | James Berardinelli

The movie is populated by dislikeable individuals doing unpleasant things but isn't redeemed by the vein of viciously black comedy that made "The War of the Roses" and "Bad Santa" such devilish pleasures.
Read More: ReelViews

50 | Stephen Holden

The best jokes in this scattershot screwball satire of job insecurity, upward mobility, political correctness and yuppie marital tensions have claws that leave scratches.
Read More: The New York Times

50 | Angel Cohn

Braff and Bateman have a good, darkly comic chemistry, but there aren't nearly enough moments like the brutally funny, "Murderball"-style wheelchair basketball game to sustain the entire film.
Read More: TV Guide Magazine

50 | Ethan Alter

The actor that comes off the best in The Ex is Grodin, who spouts some hilariously cranky one-liners that sound too off-the-cuff to be scripted.
Read More: Premiere

50 | Steve Davis

Still, The Ex is more appealing and less dumb than most movies that pass as comedy today, so any criticisms of its shortcomings need to account for that big-picture perspective. Indeed, there are worse ways to spend an hour-and-a-half.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

42 | Sean Axmaker

The resulting hodgepodge has the feel of filmmaking by committee, the look of last-minute reshoots and the whiff of desperation. Not even Braff's cartoonish smirk is distracting enough to hide that.
Read More: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

40 | Michael Rechtshaffen

For a comedy, it's not really funny.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter

38 | Claudia Puig

It's a pretty twisted concept, bordering on offensive. But mostly it's just not funny.
Read More: USA Today

38 | Jack Mathews

Though there are giggles here and there, the film is inexcusably unfunny.
Read More: New York Daily News

38 | Janice Page

The next time Grodin attempts a comeback, it would be so great if he avoids movies where he might be upstaged by a sandwich stunt.
Read More: Boston Globe

33 | Michael Sragow

By the end, it doesn't even have the courage of its political incorrectness.
Read More: Baltimore Sun

30 | Peter Debruge

A half-baked comedy torn between sincere emotion and over-the-top outrageousness.
Read More: Variety

30 | Andrea Gronvall

Even likable star Zach Braff can't salvage this clunker.
Read More: Chicago Reader

25 | Lou Lumenick

The latest catastrophe from the Weinstein Co.
Read More: New York Post

25 | Mick LaSalle

The Ex isn't painful, horrible or despicable, but it is an amazing mess.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

25 | Nathan Rabin

It never comes close to being funny.
Read More: The A.V. Club

20 | Kevin Crust

Originally titled "Fast Track" when it was scheduled to open last January, neither the wait nor the new title makes it worthwhile. The only fast track here is the one to home video.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

16 | Gregory Kirschling

A painful comedy that reduces the "Garden State" star to pratfalls while many comic A-teamers around him (including Paul Rudd and Amy Adams) play idiots.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly

10 | Desson Thomson

A stunningly insipid romance, marks an all-time low for actor Zach Braff -- his "Gigli," if you will.
Read More: Washington Post