Film: My Super Ex-Girlfriend
A film from the director of Ghostbusters
starring Uma Thurman
and Luke Wilson. The latter plays Matt Saunders; your basic everyman, who unwittingly ends up dating Superheroine G-Girl's alter ego. He finds out her secret, but soon also discovers that she's a Clingy Jealous Girl
and breaks up with her for being controlling and dangerous.She doesn't take it very well
. Meanwhile, her nemesis
hatches a plan to use this domestic dispute to depower her, and enlists Matt to spring the trap.
This film provides examples of:
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: Jenny acquires this along with her superpowers and became G-Girl, leaving poor Barry alone and embittered to become Prof. Bedlam.
- Although considering the off-hand way she states she chose to lose her virginity to Barry, "just to get it out of the way", apparently never bothering to notice that he was completely in love with her, heavily implies she was somewhat of a self-centred jerkass before she got her powers.
- All Is Well That Ends Well. She ruins his entire life AND his car. She offers to pay for the car she ruined. He's somehow okay with that.
- Considering she threw a Shark at him, he considers himself lucky to be still breathing! It's obvious that he'd be Bullying a Dragon if he continued to press the issue and even Matt's not that stupid.
- Alliterative Name: G-Girl's Secret Identity is named Jenny Johnson. It gets a Lampshade Hanging near the beginning.
- Animal Assassin: G-Girl throws a live shark through her ex's bedroom window.
- Applied Phlebotinum: The source of G-Girl's superpowers. (Specifically, Green Rocks.)
- Berserk Button: Do not call Jenny, "Crazy!"
- Beware the Superman: Particularly if she is a Clingy Jealous Girl and you're planning to break up with her.
- Breast Expansion: Happen's as part of G-Girl's origin story.
- Butt Monkey: Matt.
- Captain Ersatz: G-Girl is basically a female Superman, complete with a copy of Lex Luthor.
- Casanova Wannabe: Matt's friend Vaughn. He finally gets laid after the credits.
- Cat Fight: G-Girl and Hannah after the latter gets superpowers.
- Clark Kenting: Wig + Nerd Glasses = Instant disguise!
- Averted when Matt later discovers that his initial assessment of her was correct after all. Jenny's civilian personality isn't an act and she really is a emotionally unstable, neurotic, basket-case!
- Clingy Jealous Girl
- Dating Catwoman: In the end, G-Girl and Professor Bedlam. He's implied to have switched sides though.
- Do Not Call Me Paul: Professor Bedlam does not appreciate being referred to as Barry.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: The Movie. The film basically portrays a manipulative, controlling, physically and emotionally abusive relationship enhanced with superpowers, as a comedy. It's still put in a negative light, of course, but a Gender Swap would be the stuff of nightmares.
- Everyone Can See It: Between Matt and Hannah.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Includes the main guy going from the superheroine G-Girl to his crush, Hannah. What is odd is that, while G-Girl's hair turned blonde with her new powers, Hannah's hair actually turns from blonde to redhead.
- Justified, because Heroes Want Redheads.
- It seems the power turns redheads blonde and blondes into redheads.
- Evil Former Friend: Prof. Bedlam.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Guy dates a super-girl. Guy breaks up with super-girl. Super-girl is angry. Hilarity Ensues!
- Eye Beams: On lower settings, they're useful for Face Doodling. Nothing wrong with shooting people in the head, right?
- Fan Service Pack: An effect of the Green Rocks.
- Finger-Suck Healing: Hannah sucks on Matt's finger to remove a splinter.
- Flying Brick
- Good People Have Good Sex: Subverted when we see Matt and Hannah have sex, after Hannah gets superpowers, in exactly the same way as Matt and G-Girl used to have sex.
- Harmless Villain: Professor Bedlam. He's never seen doing anything overtly villainous, making his status as a supposed supervillain almost something of an Informed Attribute. While he does leave Matt dangling off of the Statue of Liberty, considering he intended for G-Girl to rescue him, it makes it obvious that he knew he was never in any real danger at all.
- Likewise, the only person he's implied to have tried to kill is G-Girl, who is completely invulnerable.
- If anything, it is heavily implied he became a "super villain" just to get her attention.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath
- Hypocritical Humor: Carla. Throughout the film, she practically considers men as always sexually harassing women, and pushing for the woman to file a complaint against the guy despite the guy doing nothing. During the credits, Carla goes up to a male employee and grabs his butt.
- Jerk Ass: Jenny. Seriously.
Kick the Dog Burn The Fish
- Kryptonite Factor: Played with. G-Girl's "kryptonite" comes from the same meteor that gave her her powers in the first place.
- Mad Scientist: Professor Bedlam.
- Magic Meteor
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Lampshaded.
Professor Bedlam: Please, I am not super. I am not a villain. I'm just a regular man like yourself with 10,000 more money, intelligence and taste.
- Most Common Superpower: Exposure to Green Rocks made G-Girl grow a few cup sizes.
- Mundane Utility
- Nigh Invulnerable: Even her hair. One wonders how she gets it cut.
- Oblivious to Love: G-Girl thought she and Bedlam drifted apart after she got her powers when really her newfound popularity caused her to unwittingly ignore him. He became a supervillain to get her to notice him again.
- Punchclock Hero: G-Girl appears to have become a superhero simply because that's what you do with superpowers, rather than out of any apparent heroic urge or instinct.
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: with SUPERPOWERS!!!
- Yandere - and a super-powered one at that.
- Right Through His Pants
- Romantic Comedy: With superheroes!
- Sassy Black Woman: Carla, in a weird pseudo-Straw Feminist sort of way.
- Shamu Fu: Again, G-Girl threw a LIVING shark at her ex. That'll learn 'em!
- Shaped Like Itself: One character describes G-Girl as "spinning like a spinny thing."
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: Professor Bedlam's real name is Barry Edward Lambert.
- Super Speed
- Super Strength
- Suppressed Rage: When Matt first mentions "needing space", Jenny's OK with it...until he mentions dating other people, when she slams the knife she is chopping carrots with into the board. And then frighteningly, bends it with her bare hands.
- Threatening Shark: When G-Girl turns on Matt, she throws a shark at him. It almost kills him, despite his apartment being on dry land.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: Professor Bedlam.
- With Great Power Comes Petty Revenge
- What the Hell, Hero?: After people find out that G-Girl is going after Matt just because he broke up with her (rather than committing any sort of crime) they are much less forgiving of her deeds towards him.
- Yandere: Uma Thurman's character vows to destroy the protagonist's life after he breaks up with her.