The Ex

May 11th, 2007


The Ex

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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.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 5.6/10 (11,053 voted)

Critic's Score: 32/100

Director: Jesse Peretz

Stars: Zach Braff, Amanda Peet, 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?

Writers: David Guion, Michael Handelman

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 - Busboy

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


Official Website: The Weinstein Co [United States] |

Release Date: 11 May 2007

Filming Locations: Forest Hills, Queens, New York City, New York, USA

Gross: $3,091,922 (USA) (8 July 2007)

Technical Specs

Runtime: Canada:  | USA:  | Germany: (European Film Market)  | USA: (unrated version)  | USA: (unrated version)  | Argentina:

Did You Know?

Charles Grodin's first film role in 13 years.

Continuity: Throughout the movie, Oliver changes in size inconsistently to the time line of the movie. For example, upon the arrival of the family to their home in Ohio, while on the porch, Oliver appears to be 1-2 months old. When the action shifts to inside the house, Oliver has aged by several months. In his next scene, the child has returned to his newborn size.

Bob Kowalski: Why would I give you my 'yes' ball?

User Review

Mediocre comedy

Rating: 6/10

Zach Braff ("Scrubs"), Amanda Peet ("Studio 60..") and Jason Bateman ("Arrested Development") help this little film just over the "average" bar. Even though their characters are pretty shallow, they put in a good performance and partly succeed in making you forget about the shabby script. There are a couple of funny moments, but without this cast the movie would have fallen apart, its strictly formulaic approach and lack of any inspiration just being too obvious. It's not as bad as "The Last Kiss", but Braff should choose his options more wisely, unless he wants his well-deserved Garden State acclaim to go down the drain.

Recommended only for fans of the above-mentioned stars, the rest of you is not missing out on anything.


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