Making the Grades
Superheroes are back in movie theaters, and writers are looking for new ways to have even more fun with this concept. But before you pack up your young gang expecting a retake of Sky High or The Incredibles, you should be aware this film has a few other "tricks" up its sleeve.
Our protagonist is Matt Saunders (Luke Wilson), a self-effacing architect who crumbles when he discovers Hannah (Anna Faris), his attractive work partner, has a buff boyfriend. Desperate for some female attention, he gives in to his friend Vaughn's (Rainn Wilson) constant coaxing to introduce himself to a bookish looking woman on the subway. What he doesn't know is the spectacled Jenny Johnson is actually G-Girl (Uma Thurman), a female superhero who has lots of experience capturing thieves and extinguishing fires, yet is sadly lacking in social skills.
A couple of days after their initial meeting, the relationship has moved into some serious sexual escapades involving Jenny's exceptional physical abilities and broken beds. When Matt relates his wild evening adventures to Vaughn, his chum advises him to cool things off. This counsel coincides with the discovery that Hannah has broken up with her cheating man. Thanks to this happy coincidence, Matt delivers his well-rehearsed dump script -- and Jenny literally goes through the roof.
The balance of the movie has Matt running from Jenny while trying to take up a new romance with Hannah. Unstoppable by walls or heights, it seems there is nowhere he can make out with his next woman without the previous one discovering them. And as sex is about all this guy has on his mind, his pursuit provides an exceptional amount of explicit verbal discussion, bedroom activity, male nudity and a new twist on the "mile high club."
Along with the heavy breathing, parents can expect the typical superhero violence as well, albeit for laughs. Gunplay, physical confrontations, and car accidents are frequently shown. Profanities are also plentiful, with direct slang terms for sex included in the script.
Because of its focus on the possibilities of bedding a woman with extraordinary powers, this premise would have been more aptly titled My Super Sex-Girlfriend.
Discussion Ideas After The Movie
Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about My Super Ex-Girlfriend.
This movie depicts the pre-superhero Jenny as being a nerdy type of high school student. Why is this a common “past life” scenario for superheroes? How can each of us have higher self-esteem without “super” powers? How can developing new talents and skills help us feel more confident?