Big question: Can "The Ex" draw laughs from its funny cast--which also includes Amy Poehler and Fred Armisen of "SNL"--despite the lame premise?
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Catch it: Tom's old friend (Josh Charles) suggests buying a house in the Hamptons if you want to get guaranteed action with your wife. You know, just in case the whole marriage thing doesn't lead to anything physical.
Bottom line: Tom is a much less endearing version of Braff's J.D. on "Scrubs," and Sofia is really the only appealing character in the movie. You'll spend "The Ex" hoping she ditches both dudes and finds someone more adult than her baby.
Bonus: If you're looking to leave a job with gusto, take a lesson from Tom, who squirts barbecue sauce at his boss, who then slaps Tom with a cut of raw pork. Just don't count on retaining any references!
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Directed by Jesse Peretz; screenplay by David Guion and Michael Handelman; photographed by Tom Richmond; edited by Tricia Cooke; music by Ed Shearmur; production design by John Paino; produced by Anthony Bregman, Anne Carey and Ted Hope. A Weinstein Company release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:29. MPAA rating: PG-13 (for sexual content, brief language and a drug reference).
Tom Reilly - Zach Braff
Sofia Kowalski - Amanda Peet
Chip Sanders - Jason Bateman
Bob Kowalski - Charles Grodin
Amelia Kowalski - Mia Farrow