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  1. Neil Middlemiss

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    She’s Out of My League

     

    Studio: Paramount Pictures
    Year:  2010
    US Rating: Rated R for language and sexual content.
    Film Length: 104 Minutes
    Video: Color / 1080P High Definition 16X9 - 2.35:1
    Audio:  English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital
    Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, and Spanish

     

    Kirk: I thank you. But, I've seen what's out there and I don't think it gets any better.
    Jack: When have you been out there? When have you left the apartment?
    Kirk: I went out on four different dates, with three girls and that guy. I don't know what his intentions were, but it's fine. We had a great conversation. I think he was just looking for a friend.
    Jack: Do you know what your problem is, Kirk?
    Kirk: What?
    Jack: You're a moodle.
    Kirk: A moodle?
    Jack: A man poodle. Girls, they wanna take you out on a walk. They wanna feed you, they wanna cuddle you, but make no mistake, no girl wants to do the moodle.”

     

    The Film: 3.5 out of 5

     

    Life can be hard for an insecure and inexperienced young man contending with the duel weights of being a TSA security guard and being sheltered by overbearing parents, and younger brother to a loud-mouth meathead. When Kirk, who in addition to his awkward family and less than stellar career, somehow manages to attract the attention (and affection) of a stunning beauty named Mollie, he at first is oblivious, then a tad suspicious, and then utterly overwhelmed and, as the title suggests, completely out of his league. The fun naturally comes from the inequality of the match-up, the absurdity of Kirk’s predicaments, and the towering crassness of his buddies.  

     

    Movies like She’s out of My league live and die on the quality of the comedic talent that surrounds the principle players. The assembly of sarcastic, pathetic, perpetual losers, and crass juveniles, if not well-balanced, suitably likeable, and ably immature, will dry up the well-spring of comedy faster than an underground leak. It is in that cast that ‘League’ manages to float where so many comparable tales have sunk.

     

    As is typical, Kirk’s family is abounding with bumbling, oblivious, and at times, classless characters adept at producing moments of painfully cringe-inducing embarrassment for the more level-headed-than-he-should-be Kirk. The setting is then staged for the person that Kirk is. Disadvantaged and surrounded by obnoxiousness, he has quite the mountain to climb to meet a nice girl, let alone find the perfect one for him!

     

    Jay Baruchel, who will appear as a similar character in Disney’s upcoming The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, is well cast as Kirk, the awkward nerd seemingly in over his head with a girl out of his league. As his loser friends brutally charge, Molly (Alice Eve) is a hard ten while Kirk barely cracks a six. So disparate are their placements on the good-looks scale, that any union between them is entirely implausible.  Molly, for her part, despite being a stunning beauty, tempers her classy style and looks so that her interest in Kirk isn’t entirely ludicrous. A focus on his humor, kindness, and overly humble nature are sufficient draws for someone like Molly, who may have previously dated in the realm of the chiseled jaws, but (not unsurprisingly) found no contentment there. The calamitous crew surrounding Kirk; a coalition of self-absorbed, self-confidence lacking, and silly individuals who are more problem-causing than helpful to the inexperienced Kirk, are ably played by T.J. Miller as Stainer, Mike Vogel as Jack, and the softly rotund Nate Torrence as Devon.

     

    Written by Sean Anders and John Morris (Sex Drive, Hot Tub Time Machine), She’s out of my League is one of the better balances of half-wit and heart. The real win here is in how you will find yourself rooting for the lovable loser Kirk. Even in the deeply awkward moment where Kirk cannot stand to meet Mollies parents – and later must admit why he could not stand to shake their hands – you might find yourself audibly edging him on to ‘come clean’. That is in part from the likeable script, but in large-part from Baruchel’s performance. And by the inevitable end, the grin is proof enough that She’s out of My League is a winning comedy.

     

     

    The Video:  4 out of 5

     

    She’s out of My Leagueis presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1, 1080p High Definition and enhanced for widescreen televisions with an image of good detail, clean, rich colors (richer than the typical romantic comedy), with reasonably good black levels and, is thankfully, not the victim of noticeable DNR, edge enhancement, or other willful disrespect of the look of film.

     

     

    The Sound: 3.5 out of 5

     

    The English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio may seem a little like overkill, but the frequent bouts of rock and roll from the soundtrack, sounds of an active airport, and pulse of a healthy party scene, allow the audio to flex its muscles somewhat. Dialogue is free and clear in the center channel, some moments where the subwoofer is called upon, but little by way of activity in the surrounds.

     

     

     

    The Extras: 3.5 out of 5

     

    Deleted Scenes with optional commentary from director Jim Field Smith (HD):Four deleted scenes, running just under three minutes, comprise of some reasonable comedic value, and could have easily remained in the film, though in the commentary the director reasonably argues for their omission.

     

    Extended Ending (HD) (00:34):Not much to see here, just a snippet of Marlie and her vacuous boyfriend attempting to elicit some reaction from the united Mollie and Kirk.

     

    Blooper Reel (HD) (6:20):A very funny collection of verbal mishaps, alternate lines, and onset cut ups.

     

    Devon’s Dating Show (HD) (7:28):In character, Devon and Dylan (played by Nate Torrence and Kyle Bornheimer) offer tips on how to and not to get a girl.

     

    Commentary by director Jim Field Smith (HD):I’ll admit, I was taken aback when listening to the audio commentary for the first time. Settling in to listen to the director of a gross-out American comedy in the vein of American Pie, and hearing a fellow Brit chat about shots, locations, performances, and approaches to getting the best laugh, was not what I was expecting, but it was weclomed. A good, easy listen, and relatively informative.

     

     

     

    Final Thoughts

     

    She’s out of my Leagueis far from earth-shattering in the realm of adolescent comedy, but like American Pie and Knocked Up, creates a good set of characters, with the right blend of absurd and soft, with crass and cute, and delivers enough chuckles to make it worthwhile. While certainly not in the realm of American Pie or Knocked Up (at least not as defining as those films are considered), League may just surprise you.

     

     

    Overall 3.5 out of 5

    Neil Middlemiss

    Kernersville, NC

     
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    If someone quite liked American Pie, but generally disliked Knocked Up even though they liked Jay's part in it, would they probably like this flick? Yeah, an "intellectual" quandary, I have an important decision to make since I don't do rentals etc. /img/vbsmilies/htf/smile.gif
     
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    Oddly, that's a great question. I would say yes!
     
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    Me too. This movie has a few 'gross out gags' but it's not a Judd Apatow-style movie (and it's not as good as Apatow's movies) and is still is a fun rental.
     
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    It is odd that you would think it odd LOL, but thanks for answering anyway. Your review makes me think that I would like it too.

    OT, but what I did NOT like about two other well-known out-of-league movies is the choice in female lead: one turned me off the movie (Knocked Up), one was easy to ignore in the scheme of things (Something About Mary). This is a common theme, I have no delusion as to why. I also quite like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, another recent-ish OOL female flick. I mean, I can only watch this so many times, we "all" know the circumstances with an OOL female in real life. I want to see real humor from that, it has to be well-done to make the typical guy see it. Not like a lot of other types of movie for which it's pretty hard for most to even slightly relate to in reality. Thus the female lead is VERY important IMO, and I don't know this one. Why I asked...

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    Wife and I both agreed that the first half of the movie was hilarious and very good. Then it got real silly towards the end and kind of ruined it for us. Overall, it was fine but nothing we'll watch again in the near future.
    FWIW, we both loved American Pie and thought Knocked Up was just ok and overrated.
     
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    My wife and I watched this past week (took it with us on vacation). We both really enjoyed it and thought "Stainer" was funnier than "Stiffler". Unlike Jason, I didn't really have any problems with the second act. It followed the formula for romantic comedies but still had some funny scenes and brought the movie to a satisfying conclusion.
     
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    I thought the movie was funny enough. I agree that the supporting characters were its strong point. Jay Baruchel and Alice Eve had almost zero chemistry, which is as much a comment on how their characters were written as on their acting ability. Molly is so thinly characterized as to be barely there (notice how little she actually does and says -- in the few scenes she's in, it's other characters who do most of the talking), and Kirk just doesn't have any really attractive qualities to make us buy that she'd be interested -- he's not especially interesting; he's just nice. He's not that great-looking, and he's unambitious, but -- um, what? He returned her phone? Hooray.
     
    On the plus side, I laughed a lot, mostly at the friends' gags (not nearly as much as at The Hangover though). :)
     
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    I just took this for a second spin last week and enjoyed it just as much the second time around!
     

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