SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE movie review

by Rick Grant
The idea for this screenplay by Sean Anders and John Moms is to breakdown stereotypes of young people thinking of themselves as a number from 1 to 10. Based on this absurd principle, 10s do not go out with two numbers down or below. In other words, the writers postulate that a person is much more than their skin deep looks.
More importantly, when two people become romantically involved, physical looks play a very small role in the attraction. The real connection is much deeper into compatibility, mutual interests, and a strong soulful connection.
So in the real world, apart from the youth subculture, people fall in love based on many different factors, including both parties where their chi energy levels happen to be in sync–that indescribable feeling of euphoria.
Kirk (Jay Baruchel) is a funny guy who works at the airport as a TSA agent, helping to screen passengers through the various levels of security. He has self-image problems, thinking of himself as a 6–or a guy who would never attract a 10.
So when a beautiful young woman, Molly (Alice Eve) comes through security and is hassled by Kirk’s boss, he helps her get on her way. When she leaves her I-Phone behind, he calls her. She tells him that he can give it back to her at an art opening at a major museum when she flies back.
Molly is an event planner who dropped out of law school because she loves what she does for a living. She is struck by Kirk’s weird sense of humor and is immediately attracted to him. Molly is just coming off a bad relationship and is really not looking for anything permanent.
Obviously, Kirk’s insecurities may scuttle his budding relationship with this raving beauty. Director Jim Field Smith handled his scenecraft with skill, but let the pacing slow down in the middle of the run time. Nonetheless, the cast comes through to act out the comedic aspects of the script with dead-on timing.
After the first meeting with Molly, Kirk starts dating her for real. His friends think she’s just using him to get over her last romance and dating Kirk makes her feel safe. At first, she felt that way, but after she gets to know him, she develops real feelings for him.
Overall, the film is inconsistently funny but will strike a chord with young dating singles. Director Smith picked up the pace during the last quarter of the film. It’s too bad the middle dragged. The two leads, Jay Baruchel and Alice Eve did their jobs with spirited verve. Baruchel is a born comic, who thinks funny. He has a bright future in films as a writer / director / actor.

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october, 2021

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