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The Ex Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

… kind of bites it. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    32

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 16

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    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.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It's a pretty twisted concept, bordering on offensive. But mostly it's just not funny.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    For a comedy, it's not really funny.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews 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.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune 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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Uneven Braff comedy OK, but lacks excitement.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a crass comedy aimed at 13-year-olds who like jokes at others' expense. A character in a wheelchair is ridiculed, a cartoon character is a racial stereotype, and there's lots of innuendo about a character's large genitals. There's a generous helping of "f--k"s and "s--t"s, along with scenes in which a husband and wife negotiate when and how to be intimate beyond basic canoodling, two men talk about what makes a wife willing to have sex with her husband, co-workers gossip how a physically disabled man pleases a woman, and more. Plus, an elementary-school-age kid gives Tom the finger and swears, and the two main male characters do lots of fighting and trash talking.

  • Families can talk about how the media sets up expectations about parenting roles. Do movies and TV shows gloss over the difficulties of parenting, or are they portrayed with clichés? Also, how is Chip's physical handicap handled in the movie? Do people have preconceived notions about those who are impaired? What are they, and how can they be dispelled? How is Braff's character in this movie different from many of the more-vulnerable characters he's played in the past? What do you think made him branch out?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Tom is a maverick who says it like it is, even when he's shoving his foot down his mouth and offending others. He also taunts and stalks a kid (who gives him the finger) and lies about an incident at work. Chip is a sociopath bent on destroying Tom at any cost, even if it requires lies, deceit, and outright violence.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Fairly brutal fistfights between Tom and Chip, plus a basketball game among men in wheelchairs that's pretty intense. One character pushes another down a flight of stairs.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Tom and Sofia come on to each other, with varying degrees of success. Kissing, groping, and much innuendo about one character's generously sized genitals. Some graphic description of sex acts and unusual positions. Allusions to past conquests and tips from a married man on how to get more action. Pornographic material shows up on a laptop. A man sits naked in a chair with a towel across his lap.

  • language false3

    Language: "F--k," "s--t" (used by both adults and a child), "dips--t," "slut." The words aren't used frequently, but pointedly.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Tom works at an ad agency, so some products are labeled (though for the most part, they're made up).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking during toasts and similar events -- and, once, after a character loses his job, he drinks scotch during the day.

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