|March 12, 2010|
|Jim Field Smith|
Rated R for language and sexual content
|She’s Out Of My League
Completely unexpected and hilarious, She’s Out Of My League shatters all expectations held to it prior to the first viewing. Hype can kill a film and the reception that follows. When first attending The Hangover, I knew absolutely nothing about it and fell completely in love with the hilarity that followed, leaving the theater completely satisfied and blown away. She’s Out Of My League followed suit, leaving absolutely no hearsay hype heading into the theater. The film was an absolute after thought on the night my group of friends decided to go to the theater. We collectively agreed that it was well worth the leap of faith.
Jay Baruchel plays Kirk (“Kirkers“) a down on his luck, downtrodden geek, left to work his TSA job, with his outspoken friends Stainer (T.J. Miller), Jack (Mike Vogel), and Devon (Nate Torrence), watching the “beautiful people” pass through airport security all day. That is until Kirk has a chance meeting with “the” epitome of beauty, Molly (Alice Eve). From then on grows a relationship that Kirk’s friend refer to as Beauty and the Beast personified, rating Kirk as a “5” on the scale of attractiveness and Molly a hard “10”.
The humor of the film comes least from Jay Baruchel and mostly from everyone surrounding him, relying on their reactions towards the mismatched couple to supply the priceless dialogue. Kirk’s brother, Dylan (Kyle Bornheimer) adds a huge portion of humor with his reception of Molly in the pool and his “slapshot rigatta” rigmarole. Molly’s friend, Patty (Krysten Ritter) also adds to the comical element, especially in her combative back and forth with T.J. Miller.
Alice Eve proves her worth, appearing absolutely gorgeous and unmatched by any starlet in Hollywood today. For having little to nothing roles before She’s Out Of My League, her future is as bright as her stunning physical beauty and her ability to apply that to her sincere personality forcing the viewer to fall in love with her just as much as the character of Kirk does.
The unique element of She’s Out Of My League is the genuine characters. Molly is truly attracted to Kirk and not just using him in a She’s All That sense of the term. Compared to most comedies where the beautiful person is simply with the “unattractive” character for personal gain, She’s Out Of My League offers a taste of what a real uncommon relationship would look like, filling you with hope when the couple thrives and breaking your heart when things get dicey. Sure, Jay Baruchel is arguably not a “5” on the scale, but compared to Alice Eve, they do make an unpredictable couple.
Humorous, smart and sexy, She’s Out Of My League is a triple threat and one of the funniest films of the year. The one liners are easily passed around the workplace and multiple viewings are required to catch all the small anecdotal segments that are glazed over while laughing hysterically throughout the film. Much like the tagline suggests (“the funniest movie since The Hangover”) She’s Out Of My League offers the same surprising experience as The Hangover, never disappointing, matching humor with heart, offering a sincere look at a relationship less traveled.