She’s Out Of My League

In Movie Reviews on June 30, 2010 at 6:15 am

When he starts dating drop-dead gorgeous Molly (Alice Eve), insecure airport security agent Kirk (Jay Baruchel) can’t believe it. As his friends and family share their doubts about the relationship lasting, Kirk does everything he can to avoid losing Molly forever. Kyrsten Ritter, Lindsay Sloane, Jasika Nicole and Andrew Daly also star in this charming romantic comedy about unlikely lovers. Jim Field Smith directs.

In some of the earlier reviews, I spoke of chemistry being a key component to making a romantic comedy work. It is what brings the audience into the lives of the lover birds and makes the audience want to root for them. There are some movies where the chemistry is too forced to really be effective. Other times, it seems too perfect to make you want to really care about anything that happens to the characters you are watching.

Fortunately, neither is the case in this witty and charming romantic comedy (and make no mistake, this is a chick flick wrapped in crude guy wrapping paper). Kirk is Mr. Everyman. He works at a dead end job, has dreams of doing something more with his life but really does not have the drive or motivation to do it. His family is just plain insane (leading to one of the best dinner table scenes I have ever seen in a movie, rivaling that of Wedding Crashers). His ex is a psycho and his friends the worst advice givers on the planet. In other words, he is someone everyone one of us can relate too.

Molly is just the opposite. Insanely hot (she really is one of the most attractive females I can remember seeing onscreen in a long long time). Ultra successful and has the ultimate bitch friend sidekick. This combination can lead to disaster in some movies, because the audience becomes jealous of a character like Molly. So many times when you watch a film like this, you end up hating the female lead because she is just too perfect, with some made up character flaw by the writers to make her just a little bit off enough to knock her down a peg.

In this film, the writers have struck just the right balance to make you actually WANT to see Molly be happy. As the movie unfolds, the reasons become more and more obvious to audience as to why she likes Kirk so much, while still remaining completely non-obvious to the characters themselves. And this is exactly what a romantic comedy is supposed to do. You want to be able to say “I get it” by the time the end credits role. Not because you are forced to believe the pair is supposed to be together, but because the writers have taken you down the path to believe it for yourself.

A very highly recommended 4 out of 5 stars.


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