Demmie Todd
Gregory Kirschling
May 16, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Ex

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
89 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/11/07
performer
Zach Braff, Amanda Peet, Jason Bateman
director
Jesse Peretz
distributor
MGM
author
David Guion, Michael Handelman
genre
Drama, Comedy

We gave it an D-

What if Zach Braff acted in one more quarter-life-crisis movie, and instead of Sundance it went straight to video? If only that’s what had happened to The Ex, 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. The grossest indignity finds Braff, after moving to Ohio with Amanda Peet and their new kid, in a laughless duel with a jerk in a wheelchair (Jason Bateman). Their tete-a-tete is what it looks like when ”edgy” humor turns embarrassing.

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