She's Out Of My League
Review by Jack Foley
TAKEN at face value, She’s Out Of My League is the type of comedy that really shouldn’t work as well as it does.
An awkward yet engaging mix of American Pie-style sexual pranks and The Office-style situation comedy, it wins you over by virtue of a handful of genuinely funny comedy moments and a clutch of appealing performances, not least from leading duo Jay Baruchel and Alice Eve.
Admittedly, things take a while to warm up as airport security guard Kirk (Baruchel) strikes up an unlikely relationship with the girl of his dreams (Eve’s Molly) and spends the rest of the movie trying to figure out whether she’s really in his league.
But audiences will find themselves laughing at some of the cringe-inducing humour in spite of themselves.
The hangdog Baruchel is particularly endearing, channelling angst and a supreme lack of confidence well, but he’s more than matched by the perky Eve, complete with convincing American accent and believable chemistry. What’s more, she’s dead sexy too!
TJ Miller and Krysten Ritter, as the lead duo’s respective best friends, also provide a winning mix of optimism and scepticism, while a cameo from Eve’s real-life parents also contributes to one of the film’s more winning comedic moments.
The gags, meanwhile, vary between the low-brow and the sight-based and mostly hit where they’re intended, even if some of the scenes involving Baruchel’s family threaten to throw things off-course.
All of which means that if you’re seeking easygoing popcorn laughs that can be appreciated by both sexes, She’s Out Of My League is a surprisingly engaging effort that’s far better than you may have been anticipating.
Running time: 104mins
UK DVD & Blu-ray Release: September 27, 2010