Monday, March 15, 2010

The Odd Couple

She's Out of My League comes from a long line of dweeb-gets-the-girl comedies, and like its predecessors, it's got a totally unbelievable and completely predictable story arc. In this case, geeky TSA officer Kirk (Jay Baruchel) meets hot-chick Molly (Alice Eve) when she leaves her iPhone behind after going through security before a flight. He returns it to her, and much to his surprise (and the surprise of his friends and family), she's interested in him. Will Kirk's insecurities (and her more attractive ex) get in the way of his happiness? (What do you think?)

Alright, enough synopsis. This is not the kind of film where you get bogged down in plot details. After all, the second you start questioning things, that's the sign that this isn't the film for you. Rather, it comes down to casting and chemistry, and I'm sorry to say, this film doesn't have it.

In other roles, Baruchel has been more engaging, but here, he is a guy so gawky and geeky and awkward, that you'll find yourself really wondering, what is this girl doing going out with him? Eve sure is attractive, but that's about all there is. Let's be honest: No woman this good looking would ever be this open-minded and tolerant of Kirk or his crude, obnoxious friends and family. Speaking of which, all the other supporting characters don't have much to make them likable. So, despite some decent chuckles along the way, She's Out of My League just isn't in the same league as, say, Knocked Up or The Girl Next Door. This isn't a dislikable movie, but I'm still only going to give it a 6.5, which (with a slight curve) would translate to a C.



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