She’s Out of My League is the next chapter in the rise of the nerd romantic comedies. The trailer shows it all; A down and out TSA security guard runs into a uber hot babe and an odd coupling begins. Most of the movie is spent on in-depth existential discussion about if a guy who is a “5” can make it with a girl who is a “10”. It’s discussed down to a science- and oddly, some of it actually made sense. Not much more happens in this movie besides the mismatch pairing (and friends) trying to figure out this puzzling question.
She’s Out of My League isn’t half bad. All these ‘paint by number’ Rom-Coms share a long legacy of; chance encounters, snarky best friends, awkward sexual moments, misunderstandings, and the final revelation that leads to love. ‘League’ does do this by the numbers however, it produces some decent level of charm. It at least looked like the actors had fun making this film and it translate on screen. Not the best by any stretch but far from the worst too.
Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder) joins the new freshman class of nerdy leading men in line with Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland) and Michael Cera (Juno). These are guys who are slightly geeky and akward but still socially functional and likeable. Baruchel is reasonably entertaining and definitely has his geek schtick down that is unique. Alice Eve, although relatively new to Hollywood, you would never know it with her 1000 watt smile and radiant personality. No doubt we will be seeing more of her.
‘League’ is worth catching at the dollar theater. There is a decent message about realizing that it’s not about what you DON”T have but about embracing what you do. Believing in yourself is the key to getting what you want. I know, it’s far from original but hope is good even if it’s all too familiar. So if you want to waste a couple of hours, you have a couple of bucks, and you have low expectations, then this movie is right in your league.