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She’s Out of My League
Sound & Vision Magazine
10 October 2010
Excerpt: Kirk, 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, 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's be the first to admit she's totally out of his league.
Excerpt: It is a shame She’s Out of My League falls down the “romantic comedy script tree” and hits every branch. Yes, the guy and the girl break-up after sharing the montage of perfectly normal dates. Yes, the guy and girl suddenly realize they’re meant for each other after all. Yes, they need to make some absurdly ridiculous run, in this case across an airport, to find each other.
Conclusion: I really liked 'She's Out of My League.' I must admit that when I saw the previews I was skeptical. Just another filmmaker looking like he wants to make a quick buck by capitalizing on the sweet but raunchy Apatowian story. While it does use those movies as a starting point, 'She's Out of My League' goes its own way, using its characters for more than just dirty jokes. It's a funny movie, yes, but it can also be tender and touching when it needs to be.
Excerpt: The Film Well gee, a movie where the dorky guy gets the girl? Who would've thought? Um, everyone. However, there's something very likeable about She's Out of My League . That something is Jay Baruchel. Playing almost every role he's done since Judd Apatow's 2001 TV comedy, Undeclared , Baruchel has the likeable nerd down to a science. Even with roles in Knocked Up and Tropic Thunder under his belt, he's the slightly less successful Michael Cera.
Excerpt: She's Out of My League is a mood piece. Lacking substance, originality, or a coherent treatment of its putative subject matter -- self-image and the defeatist hierarchies we compose from social and superficial assumptions -- it's the kind of goob-fest that relies almost completely on the amenability of its viewers.
Excerpt: She’s Out of My League takes Tropic Thunder breakout Jay Baruchel and attempts to turn him into a leading man. He’s an unlikely candidate. Baruchel cuts a gangly, awkward figure in front of the camera. Though he first gained attention as the lead in Judd Apatow’s short-lived 2000 college dorm comedy series Undeclared , since then he’s made his way in Hollywood mostly as a character actor, a character actor oft seen playing hopeless nerds.
Excerpt: It’s been nine years since Jay Baruchel played an adorably gawky college freshman on Judd Apatow’s late, lamented TV show Undeclared , but his appealing quality of eternal adolescence hasn’t eroded with age. His ability to project sheepish innocence serves him well in She’s Out Of My League , which essentially casts him as a younger variation on Steve Carell’s overgrown naïf in The 40-Year-Old Virgin . The comparison does the rest of this third-rate comedy no favors.
Conclusion: She's Out of My League shows viewers the other side of the Romantic Comedy ledger, focusing on the guys rather than the girls, and the result is a movie that both sexes should enjoy. It's high energy, well-paced, reservedly yet smartly directed, and most importantly, it's built around characters that are likable, making it easy to root for the relationship to work. Funny, well-acted, relatable, and downright fun to watch, She's Out of My League is a keeper.