The Ex (2007)



Critic Consensus: The Ex suffers from inept direction and characters that are either unsympathetic or plain unpleasant to watch.

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Tom Reilly and his wife Sofia are in for some major changes now that they have a newborn. As a lawyer, Sofia has always provided a comfortable living while Tom has contributed love, support and the occasional paycheck. When Sofia decides to be a stay-at-home mom all that changes. Tom moves the family to Ohio to work for his father-in-law as an assistant associate creative for Sunburst Communications. His boss Chip happens to still carry a torch for Sofia from their high school days. Each time Tom gains some ground at the firm, Chip wheels in and steals his thunder. Dirty tricks and sabotage abound creating an atmosphere of fierce paranoia that eventually threatens Tom and Sofia's relationship. Chip will stop at nothing to see Tom defeated while no one but Tom can see Chip for the evil genius he is. Through it all Tom's esteem is depleted, his manhood challenged (by a surprisingly large adversary) and he's watching his family slip away.
PG-13 (for sexual content, brief language and a drug reference)
Comedy , Romance
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Zach Braff
as Tom Reilly
Amanda Peet
as Sofia Kowalski
Jason Bateman
as Chip Sanders
Charles Grodin
as Bob Kowalski
Mia Farrow
as Amelia Kowalski
Amy Poehler
as Carol Lane
Lucien Maisel
as Wesley
Donal Logue
as Don Wollebin
Josh Charles
as Forrest Mead
Paul Rudd
as Leon
Lucian Maisel
as Wesley
Amy Adams
as Abby March
John Benjamin Hickey
as Wesley's Dad
Ian Hyland
as Steve
Tarina Pouncy
as Ticket Agent
Sig Libowitz
as Hassidic Guy
Sheila K. Adams
as Steve's Mom
Eddie McGee
as Wheelchair Basketball Player No. 2
Romany Malco
as Doctor
Edmund Lyndeck
as Mr. Hordhaus
Frank Girardeau
as Fire Inspector
Michael Cumpsty
as Jack Connor
Katie Barrett
as Executive
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Critic Reviews for The Ex

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (35)

Mildly amusing but far too timid.

May 21, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Braff has a natural likability, but the screenplay gives him so many stupid, far-fetched and annoying things to do that The Ex loses credibility quickly.

May 18, 2007
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Though Bateman rolls through the film with sly comic skill, the whole exercise seems half-baked -- a high concept and some funny gags that do not a great comedy make.

Full Review… | May 18, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

What if Zach Braff acted in one more quarter-life-crisis movie, and instead of Sundance it went straight to video? If only that's what had happened to The Ex.

Full Review… | May 16, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

It's good to have Grodin back onscreen after an extended absence; it's just a shame it has to be in this dreary graveyard of wasted opportunities.

Full Review… | May 11, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

Delayed, re-titled and presumably at least partially re-shot, Jesse Peretz's troubled office-bound romantic comedy The Ex is as half-baked as you'd expect it to be, but the better half -- the office half -- really does cook.

Full Review… | May 11, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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This movie is hilarious

Matt Goodman
Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

Appauling. Wasn't even that funny.

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

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Occassionally funny but avoid if you can. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler
Thomas Bowler

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