She's Out of My League (2010)

She's Out of My League
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Strong sexual references and coarse language

Director: Jim Field Smith
Actors: Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve, Krysten Ritter, Lindsay Sloane, Jasika Nicole, Tj Miller, Nate Torrence

Kirk (Jay Baruchel, Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder), an average Joe, can’t believe his luck. Though he’s stuck in a seemingly dead-end job as an airport security agent, against all odds, Molly (Alice Eve), a successful and outrageously gorgeous babe, falls for him. Kirk is stunned. So are his friends, his family and even his ex-girlfriend. Now he has to figure out how to make the relationship work, even though he’d be the first to admit she’s totally out of his league.

DVD
Status: QuickPick
Run time: 104mins
Origin: UNITED STATES
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Formats: English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
The lady Eve
by Simon Miraudo,

She’s Out Of My League might be the most important romantic comedy of the past twenty five years. If only it was funny enough to warrant such an accolade. For once, the hero of this romcom doesn’t have the fratboy goofiness of Ashton Kutcher, the Spartan bod of Gerard Butler, or the penchant for laidback shirtlessness as one Matthew McConaugheyhey. It’s a regular, gawky, not-totally-unattractive dude. Sure, the film’s premise is specifically about the ridiculousness of a gorgeous girl wanting to go out with said dude. But as a young man who dates a woman several rungs further up the ladder than himself, I appreciate a comedy that speaks for my people. Jay Baruchel, carrying the torch for all us geeks, stars as Kirk, a twenty-something who has abandoned his dreams of ever becoming a pilot ...

She’s Out Of My League might be the most important romantic comedy of the past twenty five years. If only it was funny enough to warrant such an accolade. For once, the hero of this romcom doesn’t have the fratboy goofiness of Ashton Kutcher, the Spartan bod of Gerard Butler, or the penchant for laidback shirtlessness as one Matthew McConaugheyhey. It’s a regular, gawky, not-totally-unattractive dude. Sure, the film’s premise is specifically about the ridiculousness of a gorgeous girl wanting to go out with said dude. But as a young man who dates a woman several rungs further up the ladder than himself, I appreciate a comedy that speaks for my people.

Jay Baruchel, carrying the torch for all us geeks, stars as Kirk, a twenty-something who has abandoned his dreams of ever becoming a pilot and has settled for working security at the Pittsburgh International Airport. Just as his career aspirations have subsided, so too have his dating expectations. That is, until he meet(cute)s Molly (Alice Eve), a genuinely warm and friendly young lady who also happens to be the most slamming hottie he’s ever laid eyes on. They make a brief connection, but before he knows it, she’s boarded her plane. Thankfully, she has accidentally left her iPhone at the terminal, and Kirk promises to give it back to her once she’s back in town. She repays him by offering to take him to a hockey game, of which she is also a massive fan. As female readers may have already guessed, this film was written by two guys.

Believe it or not, Molly has genuinely fallen for Kirk. She thinks he’s sweet and funny, can stand his unbearable family, and is willing (if not eager) to make out with him. And he really likes her. But as Kirk’s friends remind him regularly, she’s well and truly out of his league. Cue self-esteem issues, the inevitable 2nd act break-up as well as the final race-to-the-airport reunion. If you consider these spoilers, you've clearly not seen many romantic comedies.

Baruchel is a very funny, very charming, and very emotionally in-tune young actor. Combined with his lead performance in How To Train Your Dragon, it’s nice to see him finally break out from supporting roles (he previously stole Knocked Up and Tropic Thunder from heavyweights such as Seth Rogen and Ben Stiller). Alice Eve, a fine British actress (check her out in Starter for 10), gives a star-making performance by playing her character as both realistic and lovable (pay attention Katherine Heigl). The supporting characters aren’t quite as well-drawn as in the films of Judd Apatow, but T.J. Miller and Krysten Ritter do some nice work as Kirk and Molly's cynical best friends.

She’s Out of My League is pleasant enough, but its main problem is that it has the same self-esteem issues as its protagonist. Director Jim Field Smith (previously from British television) doesn’t aim particularly high with his feature film debut. Overall, the film can’t overcome its generic sitcom-esque premise and pacing. The laughs are big, but perhaps too infrequent. This is also the case with screenwriters Sean Anders and John Morris’ previous film, Sex Drive. Also, for a gross-out comedy, it’s not particularly gross. I’m not saying I would have preferred more filth, but it’s surprisingly coy about sex. Saying that, I’ll take She’s Out Of My Leagues’ naiveté over The Ugly Truth’s vile sexual ignorance any day.

The film is not nearly as interesting as the whole “romantic comedy” problem. As I said in the opening paragraph, She’s Out Of My League could have been the most important romantic comedy of the past twenty five years. Society has come a long way since Woody Allen’s Annie Hall (and even John Hughes’ romantic odes to awkward teenagerdom). Now, the very concept of a slightly un-hunklike guy dating an attractive woman is enough to send audience members into a state of shock (see: the - frankly quite offensive - tirade from those unable to believe that Katherine Heigl’s character could ever slum it with Seth Rogen’s in Knocked Up). She’s Out Of My League is willing to challenge this dangerously unpleasant trait in humanity that sees us all ranked on a hotness scale out of ten, by suggesting that, maybe, there is more to people than looks. Hardly revolutionary, sure. But when it comes to romcoms, I appreciate any effort taken to mix things up.

3/5

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Member Reviews (29)

Howard
says
Nice sentiment and she really is hot!! Such a nice person and thoroughly likeable, but the boy was just a bit too weak to be a credible love interest. Nevertheless, I quite enjoyed it, with a few good laughs.
Posted Wednesday, 23 April 2014 See my other reviews
Andrew
says
Waste of time this one. Jay Baruchel cannot carry a movie and I was still wondering what Molly ever saw in him. Really weak.
Posted Tuesday, 22 April 2014 See my other reviews
NR
says
Lame and boring, bad acting and badly made - everything.
Posted Sunday, 13 January 2013 See my other reviews
E-Ro
says
Forgot this was on my queue and spent a half-day selling it to my husband without remembering why it was there in the first place, but was pleasantly surprised. Jay Baruchel is one of my new favourites after he voiced Hiccup - there are a few lines in this that had 'How to Train Your Dragon' all over it. A light-hearted, slightly predictable ' boy meets girl, boy blows it by acting stupid, boy redeems himself' plot, but with a few big laughs and a lot of nice sentiment, it pulls it together. Not at all a bad way to spend an evening.
Posted Friday, 11 May 2012 See my other reviews
John
says
wysiwyg, its not porkies but its on the toilet side of a rom com. imo it was good.
Posted Saturday, 28 April 2012 See my other reviews
Jay Z
says
Not a bad film. Some funny jokes I can still remember weeks later.
Posted Tuesday, 27 March 2012 See my other reviews
Ann E.
says
Didn't find this at all funny it was jusy silly and inmature, what I would call 'school boy' bathroom humour, far too much bad language. Don't bother complete waste of time.
Posted Saturday, 10 March 2012 See my other reviews
Emily
says
Lame and boring movie. Wasn't funny in the slightest.
Posted Saturday, 28 January 2012 See my other reviews
brian
says
ok and funny at times
Posted Wednesday, 21 September 2011 See my other reviews
Heather
says
A relaxing movie to watch on a cold winters sunday predictable plot
Posted Saturday, 16 July 2011 See my other reviews
Sandra
says
We thoroughly enjoyed this funny movie
Posted Thursday, 9 June 2011 See my other reviews
tracy
says
in r eally enjoyed this movie i would watch this again, funny, and great love story of a man who thinks little of himself when a beauty falls for him loved it
Posted Friday, 13 May 2011 See my other reviews
Natalie
says
Very funny loved it and the family were a crake up... could easly watch again
Posted Monday, 11 April 2011 See my other reviews
Beka
says
Loved it.. was a good laugh!
Posted Tuesday, 22 March 2011 See my other reviews
Jayne
says
A fantasticly good humoured movie about how we judge ourselves too much to just enjoy the beauty in life that we are fortunate to find. The truth to be learned from this movie is that true love does not judge, it only believes.
Posted Monday, 21 March 2011 See my other reviews
Dene
says
The movie was 'out of my league' - tacky!
Posted Tuesday, 1 March 2011 See my other reviews
bianca
says
i liked it but was not was i thought it would have been, still good ...
Posted Wednesday, 16 February 2011 See my other reviews
Dave
says
Poor excuse for a comedy very predictable and boring
Posted Sunday, 13 February 2011 See my other reviews
me
says
loved it
Posted Thursday, 23 December 2010 See my other reviews
Rox M
says
This movie tickled my ribs and had some priceless awkward moments but not gut wrenching (as in the Fockers series). Reasonably reflective of life (yes beauties do enjoy the company of geeks). Worth watching, gives a few giggles, and has a few twists to keep you keen to the end. 3.5 stars.
Posted Wednesday, 22 December 2010 See my other reviews
Tee
says
Love the actors and story line its so true!! funny also..
Posted Tuesday, 30 November 2010 See my other reviews
Julie
says
Good fun
Posted Wednesday, 10 November 2010 See my other reviews
Kazza
says
Funny and romantic in a quiry way...Not a lot of laughs, as in comedy, but enough to keep it interesting. Well worth a watch.
Posted Friday, 5 November 2010 See my other reviews
Michelle
says
Great movie for young adults (and us oldies), has a great moral but is funny and entertaining as well.
Posted Monday, 25 October 2010 See my other reviews
SFish
says
I was pleasantly surprised with this movie, a little bit like beauty and the Geek but better. Great for a laugh as well as some little twists to the story that help to keep you enthralled right till the end... I thought this was a good movie...
Posted Monday, 25 October 2010 See my other reviews
peter d d
says
nothing new, not very funny either, was ok
Posted Friday, 15 October 2010 See my other reviews
jess
says
not as funny as expected.
Posted Tuesday, 21 September 2010 See my other reviews
Tate
says
Saw this movie on a plane - one of those ones where the whole plane has to watch the same movie. It not only passed the time but had the whole plane (yes!!) laughing at the same time. I thought it was pretty amusing with some great characters in the lead guy and his kooky mates. The Hall and Oates cover band was hysterical! It's light and you will definitely crack a smile - one of the better rom-coms I have seen. 3.5 stars
Posted Wednesday, 28 July 2010 See my other reviews
Christopher H.
says
Saw this at the movies. Was a good movie. Wouldn't be my first choice but definitely worth a watch. There were funny parts, but not hilarious all the way through.
Posted Tuesday, 30 March 2010 See my other reviews
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