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My Super Ex-Girlfriend is a 2006 film directed by Ivan Reitman, 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 Bedlam hatches a plan to use this domestic dispute to depower her, and enlists Matt to spring the trap.


My Super Ex-Girlfriend provides examples of:

  • Good People Have Good Sex:
    • G-Girl, who is a very troubled person, doesn't bother to control her powers when she has sex with Matt, and ends up breaking the bed and hurting him accidentally.
    • When Matt has sex with pure and innocent Hannah in the middle of the film, it's romantic...
    • ... But then this is 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, but even worse: instead of breaking the bed, they go through the neighbor's wall.
  • 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.
  • Hypocrite: G-Girl’s entire campaign against Matt is fueled by the fact that he dumped her and broke her heart. It turns out that she did the same thing to Barry!
  • 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.
  • Insult Backfire: Matt calls his friend Vaughn soulless and shallow when he'd says he'd have sex with a ton of women after breaking up. Vaughn agrees, saying "It is a blessing".
  • It's All About Me: Part of what hurts the movie's narrative as while Jenny is a terrifying crazy ex-girlfriend, his treatment of her during their relationship comes off as extremely selfish. Also, his concern about removing G-Girl's powers is purely to protect himself when it's shown she helps many many other people. As such, many see him as a Designated Hero at best.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: After being fired due to Jenny/G-Girl's shenanigans, Matt warns Hannah to stay away from him as he fears Jenny could harm her.
  • Karma Houdini: G-girl commits several crimes and receives no punishment for them; her Domestic Abuse of Matt, property damage (destroying Matt's car) and several counts of attempted murder (against Matt), one of which (her stunt with the live Great White Shark) also included animal cruelty and killing an endangered species - Great Whites were declared protected in 1999, when the movie is set in the early 2000's. Of course, it'd be pretty difficult to punish someone with her powers.
  • Kick the Dog: G-girl throws a shark at Matt. Essentially G-girl took a fish out of water, threw it head-first into a wall. The fact that said fish was a Great White Shark is offset by its brutal death and the fact that at the time of filming Great White Sharks were an endangered and protected species.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Played with. G-Girl's "kryptonite" comes from the same meteor that gave her her powers in the first place.
  • Look Both Ways: G-Girl rescues a girl who wandered into the street without looking, rebuking her for forgetting about this... and then promptly gets hit by a car herself, after she fails to as well. Being Nigh-Invulnerable, she's unharmed.
  • Love Triangle:
    • Jenny/Matt/Hannah.
    • Also Bedlam/Jenny/Matt.
  • Magic Meteor: The source of G-Girl's powers.
  • 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.
  • Mile-High Club: G-Girl has sex with Matt while flying him around the city, and he says the trope by name, calling it another version of the same thing (as they fly due to her superpower, rather than a plane).
  • Most Common Superpower: Exposure to Green Rocks made G-Girl grow a few cup sizes.
  • 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.


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