She's Out Of My League


Directed by: Jim Field Smith
Written by:Sean Anders, John Morris
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve, T.J. Miller, Mike Vogel, Nate Torrence, Lindsay Sloane
Released: April 1, 2010
Grade: B+

On a scale of 1 to 10, Kirk (Baruchel) is a “5”.  On a scale of 1 to 10, Molly (Eve) is a “10”.  They’re not my own opinions by the way.  I’m just echoing the thoughts of Kirk’s friends using their simple, superficial scale.  The premise explored in She’s Out Of My League is whether these two people could end up together.

I guess I need to explain how they met in the first place.  Kirk works at the airport as part of the security team.  He’s a nice guy but he lacks self-confidence.  He stutters, he stammers and continually doubts himself.  Kirk’s life isn’t going anywhere either.  His dreams of becoming a pilot have stalled and he’s still trying to get over his last girlfriend - who broke up with him two full years ago!

One day, Molly just happens to walk through the metal detectors.  Kirk just happens to be on duty.  Molly just happens to accidentally leave her phone in the tray.  Kirk just happens to pick it up when Molly calls to find out where she left it.  She asks that Kirk hang on to the phone and she’ll pick it up from him at a party the following night.

With the introductions out of the way, the film then finds it feet and becomes an entertaining romantic comedy.  It’s been made in a similar vein to the American Pie series – a young cast, crazy parents, plenty of laughs and a few cringe-worthy embarrassments.  The scene which will have most people talking involves an electric shaver.  That’s all I’ll say on that.

Given my distain for romantic comedies, it’s hard to put my finger on exactly why I liked it.  Perhaps it’s because we’ve all been in similar situations.  Whilst there are no earth shattering revelations, it’s still interesting to hear their thoughts on guys, girls and the dating process.  It’s much better than some of the other teen-orientated dribble I’ve seen of late including She’s Just Not That Into You.   

I wasn’t a big fan of the ending.  It’s definitely rushed and the screenwriters have tried too hard to make it work.  When Kirk and Molly finally open up about their insecurities, I started to think badly of them (particularly Molly).  They were no longer the easy-going couple I enjoyed following throughout the first two-thirds of the film.

I still liked newcomers Jay Baruchel and Alice Eve in the leading roles.  If you think you recognise Jay’s voice, then perhaps you’ve already seen How To Train Your Dragon.  He plays the film’s central character, Hiccup.  While we’re on the subject of memorable voices, I couldn’t believe how similar T.J. Miller (who plays one of Kirk’s friends) sounds to Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl).  Even his mannerisms are the same!  Others on internet forums have made similar comments.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder as far as I’m concerned but if you’re looking for a number, I’m giving She’s Out Of My League a “7”.