Rating: 3 out of 5
Ever since the dawn of mankind, one enigmatic question has befuddled scholars, sophists, philosophers, psychologists...and Judd Apatow: “Can the gawky geeky guy ever land the smoking hot chick?”
She's Out of My League falls into that unique romantic-comedy subgenre that seems to invariably include teenage humour and gasp-inducing gross out gags.
Jay Baruchel stars as Kirk, an awkward and spindly but loveable loser who works as an airport security guard. Kirk's still pining for his ex-girlfriend Marnie (Lindsay Sloane), despite the fact that they ‘took a break’ two years ago.
That is until a chance encounter brings him into the orbit of incredibly gorgeous (I mean really, wow) party planner Molly (Alice Eve). Miraculously enough, she seems to be charmed by Kirk’s unpresumptuousness; much to the incredulity of both their friends and family.
As explained to us by Kirk’s best mates, there are certain rules (likely invented by Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother) when it comes to dating, namely the hotness scale. Kirk is a 5 while Molly is hard 10 on the hotness scale.
Barring certain exceptions (like if you were say, a recording artist), a person can only ever jump 2 points on the scale; which spells certain doom for their already implausible romance according to both of Molly’s and Kirk’s friends.
With so many sides telling them that it’ll never work out, can you blame them when insecurity starts to creep in? Essentially this is the obstacle facing the two mismatched lovers throughout the film.
Jay Baruchel is the heart and soul of this movie because he pulls off Kirk with enough disarming sentimentality so that his constant self-deprecatory whining doesn’t become annoying.
Kirk is precisely the kind of person that his character (Steven Karp) from Undeclared would have grown up to become if he had flunked out of college - so it’s not as if Baruchel had to stretch to put on the Kirk persona. Even so, this kind of role is a niche that he obviously owns and for good reason.
Aside from being pretty, Alice Eve is pretty good herself as she finds just the right balance of vulnerability and sweetness within Molly to make us believe that she could really fall for a guy like Kirk, no strings attached.
The humour here is predictably juvenile but that’s not a put-down, there’s nothing wrong with toilet comedy when it’s done this well. There are a plenty of memorable gags including one involving premature ejaculation and an affectionate dog that will have you laughing uncontrollably in the cinema and subsequently giggling to yourself days after viewing whenever that scene comes to mind.
The laughs aren’t consistent and there are lulls but director Jim Field Smith injects enough good-natured sweetness that you genuinely wish the best for Molly and Kirk. And that folks, is the real strength of the movie.
About Hidzir Junaini
Hidzir Junaini, aka inSing.com's Movie Lover, is 23-years-old and a wealthy playboy billionaire by day and a caped crusader by night. Only one of those is true. He’s actually a freelance writer, blogger, full-time film buff and some-time socially awkward nerd. He also writes about music, restaurants and nightlife for Metrowize Asia.
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