Notable Cast: Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve, T.J. Miller, Mike Vogel, Nate Torrence, Krysten Ritter, Debra Jo Rupp
Review: Written by the same team who scripted the screenplay for the hilarious movie Sex Drive (Sean Anders and John Morris), my expectations were higher than usual, hoping the duo wasn’t just a one hit wonder. What made Sex Drive so good to me was it’s balance of crude and outlandish jokes, while having a sense of heart that other raunchy comedies lack. Thankfully, She’s Out Of My League manages to take the positive feelings that come out of Sex Drive, and double them. The film turns out to be a perfect date movie, being heavier on the romance than even I expected. But each sex will find enough jokes to make the movie rather enjoyable, and realistic performances from both Baruchel and Eve bring the movie together into a fun night at the movies.
The tag-line “How can a 5 go for a 10″ is in reference to a rating system the characters in the movie use, giving everyone a number. Awkward everyday-guy Kirk (Baruchel) works as an airport security agent, and based on his stringy physique (along with other positives and negatives based on the system) is given the number rating of a 5. Molly (Eve) on the other hand, is a blond bombshell who also has an amazing career and every power in the world on her side. She is defined as a “hard 10,” being as perfect as possible. So when Molly starts coming on to Kirk after he returns her phone, both of their friends are awestruck. They question it so much, that Kirk struggles to prevent his paranoia of losing her from letting it destroy whatever chance he has. The question is, can Kirk keep his cool long enough to keep the girl of his dreams?
What I loved most about this movie was not only the solid performances by the lead actors, but equally memorable characters portrayed by all the supporting actors/actresses in the film. Kirk’s friends are played by T.J. Miller, Mike Vogel, and Nate Torrence; all bringing their own unique personality and perspective to Kirk’s “situation.” Miller (Cloverfield/Extract) finally gets the bigger role that he deserves since the start of his career when he played Hud in Cloverfield, the man behind the camera the whole film. In She’s Out Of My League, Miller gets to be the main comedic support as Stainer, Kirk’s friend who usually gives the worst advice possible (and the funniest) while trying to make Kirk realize that Molly may just be too good to be true. On the opposite side of the spectrum is Devon (Torrence), the innocent friend who married his high school sweetheart and believes that true love is unstoppable. He’s also the kind of guy who won’t even swear when Stainer offers him $75, so you can bet they have some entertaining exchanges. The last member of the group is Vogel’s (Grind/Cloverfield) character Jack, the good-looking friend who is a sexual guru of sorts to Kirk. His advice also leads to interesting experiences, like the “man-scaping” scene featured in the trailer. The mix of these friends plus the inexperienced Kirk create a fantastic group dynamic that is just as satisfying as watching the story unfold between Kirk and Molly. Aside from these characters is Molly’s best friend and business partner Patty (Ritter), who has her share of funny/ditzy lines, but can’t compete with the other supporting performances in the film. Geoff Stults plays Molly’s intimidating ex-boyfriend, and delivers his share of laughs, but with minimal screen time he also can’t compete with the other support work of the film. Lastly, Kirk’s family is a fixture in the movie that show everything Kirk isn’t. His father (Adam LeFevre) is a “mans man” who drinks all day and sees Kirk as a twerp. His mother, played by That 70′s Show mother Debra Jo Rupp, is pretty much an exact copy of her staple role as “Kitty” Forman (which is a good thing in my opinion). Kirk’s brother Dylan (Kyle Bornheimer) is the ultimate meathead brother and exact opposite of Kirk. Him and his wife Debbie (Jessica St. Clair) do nothing but torture Kirk, physically and mentally, by either beating him like a punching bag or asking Molly some of the most rude and offensive questions possible. But they aren’t even the worst. Kirk’s ex-girlfriend Marnie (Lindsay Sloane) is just as much a part of the family as Kirk is, and she brings her new boyfriend Ron (Hayes MacArthur) with her all the time to flaunt in Kirk’s face. Do I need to explain how that may cause some comedic gold on-screen? Having your ex-girlfriend be accepted into your family and be everywhere you go? But yes, every character here is played amazingly, and each one has a special time on-screen where they steal the show. There wasn’t a single character I wish was removed, which in a comedy especially is an important quality. I don’t usually analyze each character, but in a film like this, it’s important to show just how many good comedic performances there are. And in She’s Out Of My League, you’ll be laughing not only at one, two, or even only three characters. No, you’ll be hit from every character at different times, displaying just how much care went into developing each character, and no just throwing out some generic friends to advance the plot.
So I just went through a whole paragraph just stating my love for only the supporting characters. I still haven’t even gotten to the dweebish Jay Baruchel and my new celebrity crush Alice Eve. This movie relied so heavily on the relationship between these two, and how believable they could make it. The viewers had to be convinced that a drop-dead gorgeous girl like Molly would really be interested in the just-about-average Kirk. But thanks to Baruchel strutting his acting chops and Alice Eve portraying such a real and down-to-earth girl, you could genuinely be invested in the relationship unfolding on-screen. The on-screen chemistry between both leads is so important, especially in a romantic comedy like this where the chemistry is the focus of the entire movie basically. Thankfully, both actors are convincing with their roles, and have such a strong chemistry there is no doubting their relationship. It brings a certain amount of credibility to the script that lets it be more than just a raunchy comedy. The trailers are deceiving in the fact that it seems like it’s all just vulgar comedy, but after you finish the movie you can appreciate the writing so much more. The script could have skimmed on the plot in place for just vulgar comedy, but instead you get a more heartfelt story along with some hilarious, and even intelligent comedy. It’s almost the perfect combination between comedy and love story, creating an enjoyable balance that delivers a quality experience on both accounts.
She’s Out Of My League pretty much turns out to be a perfect date movie. You’ll go in expecting a raunchy comedy, and leave seeing a touching love story along the way. The characters are all able to carry their share of screen time and keep you laughing with beautifully casted roles. Baruchel and Eve both come into their own as both male and female lead, proving they have what it takes to carry a movie on their shoulders if need be. Thankfully, this was not necessary in part to a well-written script and carefully crafted characters. If you’re looking for a movie both you and a date can enjoy, look no further. It’s sure to get a laugh out of both sexes. This is especially helpful to the male population, being a romantic comedy guys can watch and not have to struggle through like so many other Rom-Coms geared towards the female perspective. Thank you, She’s Out Of My League. Seriously.
Final Rating: 7.5 instances of false hope instilled in nerdy guys out of 10