She’s Out of My League
by Sawyer J. Lahr
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There’s no such thing as perfect says Jim Field Smith’s She’s Out of My League. On the surface, a gross-out comedy. Underneath, a lesson to men about male insecurity. This is the story of possible but rare coincidence that a gorgeous brilliant, busty, and blond, Molly (Alice Eve), falls in mutual love with a lanky and awkward Pittsburgh Airport TSA employee, Kirk Kettner (Jay Baruchel).
Almost flawless, Molly comes on slowly to Kirk who’s so self-defeating he doesn’t see he’s being courted. The plot takes a similarly sluggish pace to make room for innuendo, sexual-orientation confusion, and shock value shots that come very close to Something About Mary moments of bodily embarrassment.
League is not exactly the average date movie, but a hybrid guy movie full of vulgar jokes and endless slurs at sloppy, smutty women who are obviously more experienced than all of the men. This film is caught up in the romantic ideals of arrested youth and finds its most likable men in perpetual adolescence. The same can be said for every other guy comedy in the Apatow vain of white middle class losers every attractive female is supposed want.
Credit should go to the friends in the movie. They’re the reason Kirk shrinks himself into insecurity and, in the last minutes, repair the damage before it’s too late.
Sawyer J. Lahr is Chief Editor of the forthcoming online publication, Go Over the Rainbow. He also writes a monthly film column for Mindful Metropolis, a conscious living magazine in Chicago, IL.
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