The Ex


The Ex

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



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Average Rating: 2.8/5

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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.

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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
Donal Logue
as Don Wollebin
Josh Charles
as Forrest Mead
Amy Adams
as Abby March
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
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

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  • Mildly amusing but far too timid.

    May 21, 2007
  • 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 19, 2007 | Rating: C-
  • 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.

    May 19, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    Tom Beer

    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.

    May 16, 2007 | Rating: D- | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 12, 2007 | Rating: D | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    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.

    May 11, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Ex

This movie is hilarious

Matt Goodman
Matt Goodman

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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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Pretty good movie, had quite a few smirks but not laughs, it's really a movie to be seen on DvD with some friends and some popcorn at your house or friends house, Very simple story.. 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?

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

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