Save yourself heartache and skip this relationship

By Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel Film Writer

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The Ex
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The Ex

The Ex

With: Zach Braff, Amanda Peet
Directed by: Jesse Peretz
Running time: 90 minutes
Rating: PG-13: Adult Situations, Language

In the woefully executed comedy The Ex, Zach Braff plays a shadow of every character he's ever played, from Scrubs' goofy-yet-romantic doctor to the sensitive man-children of Garden State and The Last Kiss.

As Tom Reilly, Braff, as in The Last Kiss, is awaiting the birth of his first child.

Unlike in The Last Kiss, the mother is his wife, lawyer Sofia (Amanda Peet), and the new baby is nothing more than a plot machination to get Tom and Sofia to move from Manhattan to her Ohio hometown. There, Tom can work for her father (Charles Grodin) and fight with her old high school friend, Chip Sanders (Jason Bateman).

If you watch a lot of good, or even halfway good, TV, this is probably already sounding like a fine cast. That it only gets better -- there are cameos and slightly larger roles for Amy Poehler, Josh Charles, Fred Armisen, Donal Logue, Amy Adams and the usually infallible Paul Rudd -- means an even bigger disappointment.

The Ex, directed with a breathtaking lack of instinct by Jesse Peretz, is always at least a half-beat off. If this doesn't seem like much, you don't know a lot about comedic timing. (But hey, at least Peretz won't be lonely!)

There is also the problem of nothing in the script logically preceding anything that follows it, and of the characters being unlikable idiots.

The Ex
should have been dumped long before it had a chance to hit theaters.

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