She's Out of My League, 2010
Cast: Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve, Krysten Ritter, Mike Vogel, Lindsay Sloane, Geoff Stults, Jasika Nicole
An average Joe meets the perfect woman, but his lack of confidence and the influence of his friends and family begin to pick away at the relationship.
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“She’s out of my League” certainly has its moments of comedy and insight with lead guy Jay Baruchel doing a solid job of carrying the film. But too much of the film falls into the same formulaic love drama topped off with crass humor that lack wit and, well, comedy, and is really not worth investing much time in. It’s interesting however to note that the beginning of the film is actually promising.
You think it ertainly has potential to be something great, or at least entertaining. It does, but only in the beginning. The rest just falls flat like the jokes, the sentimental moments, and some of the vulgar humor that’s clearly aimed at the Apatow groupies. But boy, is that a miss fire.
Geeky leading man Kirk (Baruchel) works at an airport as a security check officer. He meets the beautiful, sexy and sassy Molly (Eve), and lands a date with her despite all preconceived notions that someone of his caliber, meaning physical appearance, should not be dating a girl of her status. There’s a numerology ranking associated with how men score women on appearance, and a ranking that for the most part is actually used in the real world. Just maybe not given so much attention or credit, rather it’s an arbitrary game played among friends who don’t even realize their playing.
So, in the “out of my league” universe Molly is rated a 10 which according to the rule means she only dates those of similar ranking or if possible higher. Surprisingly however she finds herself attracted to a 5 for reasons only she understands, leaving a confused Kirk to wonder how he could possibly get a girl like her. His friends too wonder, giving him a hard time about it pointing out all of his flaws and insecurities.
There are some funny moments that have you chuckling occasionally. When Kirk meets Eve’s family, there’s a scene that occurs that’s clearly inspired by the Apatow and American Pie films that will have some people laughing, and others unimpressed since they’ve seen material quite similar from the movies just mentioned. If anything, the selling point of the film comes from Baruchel and Eve who both have genuine chemistry and nice scenes together. Most of them leave you smiling, only for the pleasant moment to be erased in favor of cheap cliché gross out antics. Shame.
Part of the charm of the American Pie films is that no matter what, the story and characters had a heart to it. The empathized with the character the same way you do with the heroes from Superbad and The Hangover. Jim Field Smith, the director, almost evokes that similar quality but falls just about short of the mark he’s aiming for. Part of the appeal of the film comes from Baruchel and Eve. They really do an excellent job here, but it’s not enough to merit the film in the same league as its predecessors.
The reviews for this film will likely use its own numerology rating system against it. I’ve seen mixed reviews grading the movie just under 7. If anything, the story deserves a 5, the performances from the two leading actors a solid 8, the jokes a 4, supporting cast a 5, and everything else a 5 as well. The official score? I guess a 5.5 will do just fine. Don’t know where that number came from, but if you apply the same senseless logical the characters do to how they rate their women, maybe you’ll understand. If you do, give me a heads up, please.