Amy Adams as: Abby March
Directed by: Jesse Peretz
Written by: David Guion, Michael Handelman
Selected Cast: Zach Braff, Amanda Peet, Jason Bateman, Mia Farrow
Release Date: May 11, 2007 (US)
Genre: Action / Adventure / Comedy / Family / Sci-Fi
MPAA Rating: PG
Credit-grabbing, back-stabbing, wife-nabbing. Just another day at the office.
Tom Reilly is a bit of an underachiever when it comes to his career (or lack thereof), but his adoring wife Sofia, a formidable lawyer, has always been happy to act as the breadwinner. With the birth of their first child, Sofia decides she wants to be a stay-at-home mom, so Tom needs to step up and take care of his growing family. Unfortunately he gets fired from his job in New York City and is forced to start working with his father-in-law in Sofia’s hometown of Ohio. Tom soon clashes with his work colleagues, especially the outrageous Chip, who still carries a torch for Sofia from their high school days, and Sofia becomes increasingly uncomfortable staying home with their new baby. In doing all the right things for all the wrong reasons, the couple needs to get back to what they’re good at, before their model family goes completely off track.
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Amy has a very minor role as Abby March, an annoying new age super momma who tries to tell Sofia how to raise her child. She only appears in two scenes.
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• “Petie, do you wanna give Oliver a hug?”
• “Sofia, remember that the laughter starts deep within and then just comes ro-ho-ho-lling out – ha ha ha!”
• “I’ve noticed that Oliver isn’t very happy. He never smiles.”
• “You’re not gonna like this, Sofia, but you’re a very unhappy person, and its not good for Oliver.”
• Filmed in New York and Los Angeles, California, USA.
• Originally titled The Fast Track, but goes by The Ex in many regions.
“Originally titled Fast Track when it was scheduled to open last January, neither the wait nor the new title makes it worthwhile. The only fast track here is the one to home video.” – Kevin Crust, Calendar Live
“The Ex is another one of those films that the Weinsteins have had on their shelves for a while. For most of its life, it went by the name Fast Track, which would have created the ultimate irony had it been released with that title. For more than a year, the movie was on the slow road to nowhere and the decision to release it in the middle of the summer blockbuster season doesn’t bode well for its box office prospects. Considering how little the picture has to offer, that’s not a bad thing. The Ex will play better on the small screen, where less is expected, and it shouldn’t take long to get there.” – James Berardinelli, Reel Views
“And there’s not much that is funny about The Ex. Amy Poehler as Tom’s unhappy co-worker Carol gets off a few nice lines and Paul Rudd in a cameo as Tom’s obnoxious restaurant boss is amusing, but the humor pretty much stops there. Most of the stuff that is supposed be a laugh riot just isn’t, and there’s plenty of stuff that borders on the ghastly, like Sofia’s increasing unhappiness as motherhood does not quite meet her expectations.” – Pam Grady, Reel
“That’s an inspired starting place for a farce, and director Jesse Peretz (working from a sometimes tasteless, often insidiously funny script by first-time screenwriters David Guion and Michael Handelman) has a knack for casting the kind of bright comic talent—Amy Adams, Donal Logue, Mia Farrow, and Paul Rudd round out the ensemble—who more or less just have to show up.” – Scott Foundas, Village Voice