Review: She's Out Of My League
PLOT: An average guy named Kirk (Jay Barushel), who works as a security guard at an airport with his buddies, meets the woman of his dreams- Molly (Alice Eve). To his utter amazement, she’s instantly attracted to the likable Kirk, but his own insecurities threaten to derail the relationship.
REVIEW: SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE is a real sleeper. Walking into the press screening, I expected just another run of the mill comedy. The trailers for this movie are really mediocre, and I half expected this to be another COP OUT. Luckily, SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE was much better than I expected.
What really makes the film work is the cast, which is pitch perfect. In the lead, Jay Baruchel shows some real leading man chops. While he’s not exactly a matinee idol, he’s nonetheless appealing in that he seems like a good natured, nice guy- so it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine Alice Eve could be attracted to him. While I doubt he’ll be playing superheroes anytime soon, Baruchel’s got the talent to one day evolve into a Ben Stiller-like leading man, and this is a great showcase for him.
As for Alice Eve, as his love interest, all I can say is WOW! She is absolutely gorgeous, and, like they say in the film, a hard 10. There’s a scene where Eve strips down to her lingerie, and my jaw just about hit the floor. Sexiness aside, she radiates a certain kindness that lends itself well to her role. She genuinely seems like a nice person, so it’s not to unbelievable to imagine she could be attracted to an average schmoe.
Like the similarly themed KNOCKED-UP. Baruchel’s hapless hero has a group of buddies that meddle in his life, and like that film, they steal every scene they’re in. T.J Miller, who was the videographer in CLOVERFIELD, is the guy everyone’s going to be talking about. He’s hilarious, whether talking trash with his buddies at the airport and holding court on the point system rules of dating (he generously gives himself a 7), or leading his Hall & Oates tribute band (complete with a full on musical number, where he sings ‘Kiss on my List’). Miller’s so good here that towards the end of the film, there’s a good ten minute stretch where he more or less becomes the star of the film, with both Baruchel and Eve temporarily disappearing. This would be a fatal mistake in any other film, but Miller carries the weight, and I imagine he’ll get his own starring role soon.
Barchel’s other two pals are also good, with Mike Vogel (also from CLOVEFIELD) playing the laid-back ladies man of the group, and Nate Torrence playing the married guy, who also memorably shaves Baruchel’s testicles in one scene. Eve’s character also gets a sidekick, with Krysten Ritter (who’s seemingly in every rom-com these days) as her bitchy friend, who- natch, has a heart of gold.
Probably the only area where SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE really fell flat was in Baruchel’s relationship with his onscreen family, who come off as the biggest group of assholes you can imagine. Not only do they constantly put him down, but they even more-or-less adopt his bitch ex-girlfreind (Lindsay Sloane, in a goofy subplot) and her new boyfriend. Bullshit. I refuse to believe that any seemingly loving family would be so inconsiderate. I know, I know, it’s a comedy, but whatever, each scene with the family was painful, and marred an otherwise fine film.
While I hated the family, I still really enjoyed SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE. If Baruchel’s indeed a 5, and Eve’s a 10, than by my math, this would be about a 7.5, which seems appropriate.