I heard some good things about She’s Out of My League before I went to see it — so I had reasonable expectations. It seemed like one of those Judd Apatow-esque films, with a quirky premise, everyday characters, and lots of funny (and sometimes outrageous or vulgar) dialogue and interactions. Well, it pretty much was, and while it’s not bad, there’s nothing to really separate it from other similar films in recent years.
Jay Baruchel (Million Dollar Baby, Tropic Thunder), a very underrated actor in my opinion, plays Kirk, a regular guy who works in airport security. British Actress Alice Eve plays Molly, a pretty girl Kirk meets by chance, and who seems too good to be true. The name of the film says it all, so there’s no need to elaborate much further than that. Of course, there are the wacky friends, the crazy family, the rival, and a bunch of embarrassing incidents — all things you could have probably guessed.
For what is essentially a vulgar-ish rom-com, She’s Out of My League actually offers some interesting and honest insights into human nature and relationships. At times, the story can be sweet and display some heart, but it never really gets there in my opinion.
Is the film funny? Yes, but nothing that had me rolling in the isles. To be honest it was too “hit and miss” for my liking, and there was an over-reliance on swearing for comedic effect. When used correctly, it’s awesome, but too often in this film it comes off as contrived and obnoxious. Don’t get me wrong though, there are some genuinely funny moments, whether it’s a casual conversation or a cringe-worthy incident. But sadly, this was another one of those films where the trailer revealed all the best jokes. When will I learn to stop watching them?
She’s Out of My League is a decent film capable of making you laugh, especially when in the right frame of mind, but ultimately it’s not a standout in this type of genre.
3 out of 5 stars