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She's Out of My League
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Directed By
Jim Field Smith

Written By:
Sean Anders, John Morris

Cast:
Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve, Krysten Ritter, Mike Vogel, Lindsay Sloane, Geoff Stults, Debra Jo Rupp, T.J. Miller, Brenna Roth, Kim Shaw, Hayes MacArthur, Andrew Daly, Trevor Eve, Jessica St. Clair, Adam Tomei, Adam LeFevre, Nate Torrence, Sharon Maughan, Jessica Joslin, Brandi Engel, Jeffrey Jones, Krista Schwandt, Joe Forgione, Patrick Jordan, David Morse, Jillian O'Neil, Tom Stoviak, Aaron Bernard, Yan Xi, Blase Ward, Nicole Leigh Belle, Jason Frederick, Kyle Quinn, Emily Martin, Casey Brown, Marlee Fritz, William Kania, David Kneeream, Jeremy Moon, David Moreno, Gaynelle W. Sloman, Rick Applegate, Stephanie Macdougall, Giovanna Yannotti, Natalie Vindivich, Jonathan Eldell, Kyle Bornheimer, Lucia M. Aguirre, James Werley, Jasika Nicole, Evan Alex Cole, Robin Shorr, Minda Fisher, Lorelei Mahoney, Melissa Ferrato, Sean McGee, Andy Fenlock, Vincent Thomas Ciaramella, Jason McCune, David Santiago, Luke Kislak, Jason C. Lewis, Aron Elvis Honick, Jonathan R. Henke, David R. King, Heather Leigh, Stephen Victor


 
She's Out of My League (2010)
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Movie Review by Jarrod
March 16th, 2010

I really hate to keep bringing up Judd Apatow, but he has spawned so many imitators and been involved in making so many raunchy romantic comedies that every new genre entry must necessarily reference him, just like American Pie in the years before Apatow's arrival in Hollywood.

'She's Out of My League' is a silly sex farce starring Jay Baruchel, who has a lot in common with Seth Rogen, but is much better looking, and, he always feels comfortable playing average, insecure, nerdy guys. Many male viewers can probably relate to Kirk Kettner, about a "5" on the scale of physical attractiveness, by his estimation and that of his buddies, Stainer (TJ Miller), Devon (Nate Torrence), and Jack (Mike Vogel).

They seem to enjoy robbing him of his self-esteem and reminding him of his mediocrity and general inadequacy; Kirk has a healthy sense of self-deprecation but also a shy confidence that some women may find endearing. One such woman is the gorgeous Molly (Alice Eve), who is inexplicably drawn to Kirk, and starts dating him; he is baffled as to why she likes him, and she never really explains it, but their relationship is hindered by the constant complaints and discouraging remarks of Kirk's friends and relatives, who are for the most part, opposed to his happiness, and seek to undermine it at every turn.

Molly is written with refreshing care and fairness, and played with charm and intelligence by Eve; Molly does not place a lot of worth on conventional beauty, and instead favors people who are honest and remain true to themselves, and do not put on false appearances to impress others. Baruchel is quirky and charismatic in the lead, and has solid chemistry with Eve.

The problem, though, is that the laughs are sporadic. Much of the humor is either mean-spirited, or scatological; the scatological gags are not taken to a Kevin Smith extreme, and there are echoes of There's Something About Mary, with characters thrust into painful or humiliating situations. Some of the jokes are stupid, derivative, and downright irritating, but there are a few funny moments, even if the film comes perilously close to becoming a knock-off of Knocked Up. Largely forgettable overall.

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