She’s Out of My League
Coming off of my massive disappointment with The Grey, I felt the need to go in a different direction. Here we have She’s Out of My League, a movie that is fully aware of just how stupid it is and therefore turns out to be all right. The most illogical thing in this movie is its premise, and that’s more-or-less the point.
Don’t get me wrong, in the pantheon of great movies this isn’t anywhere near even being in said pantheon. I’m sure I could easily name a dozen better raunchy-sweet-sex-comedies, but still She’s Out of My League provides a hundred odd minutes of mostly enjoyable entertainment; with some good fun a couple legitimate laugh-out-loud moments, and a heartfelt if trite message I’d recommend it. Jay Baruchel (Knocked Up, Goon) stars as TSA officer Kirk Kettner a “5” who somehow manages to attract the interest of the perfect “10” Molly McCleish, played by the lovely Alice Eve. Baruchel can be a bit much but he does well here as the under-achieving nice-guy Kirk.
The best moments in the movie are unquestionably the scene’s with Kirk’s odd family group, the ensemble which somehow includes Kirk’s ex-girlfrend and her new boyfriend, feature in most of the film’s funniest scenes. Kyle Bornheimer (Worst Week) makes the most of his screen time as Kirk’s brother Kyle. The other important grouping in the film is Kirk’s close circle of friend’s unfortunately the filmmakers chose to cast the generally deplorable T.J. Miller (Carpoolers) as Kirk’s best-friend and fellow TSA agent Stainer. They get the best of his limited talent, however, making the character merely tolerable. Nate Torrence excels as Devon, bringing genuine heart and enthusiasm to what could a easily be a cardboard character.
The film has a few obligatory raunchy scenes most of which don’t really matter and could easily be eliminated, but this is the movie they were trying to make, so they’re there.
Overall She’s Out of My League is a film that knows what it wants to be, and does a perfectly adequate job of achieving that goal. It was worth seeing.