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SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE

SYNOPSIS:
Kirk (Jay Baruchel) is an airport security guard who dreams of being a pilot. His heart skips a beat when he helps glamorous event planner Molly (Alice Eve) from missing her plane and is incredulous when she invites him to a function to return the mobile phone she accidently left behind. Kirk is smitten, but his friends point out to him he doesn't have a chance with her, because he is only rated as a 5 and Molly is definitely a Perfect 10. As his friend Stainer (T.J.Miller) says, you can only date a girl who is only 2 above your score, which means Kirk can only successfully date a 7. But Molly sees something in Kirk that appeals to her and besides, he makes her laugh. On the other hand, Kirk is totally insecure and worries that Molly will dump him.

Review by Louise Keller:
Just like the planes that take off from the airport where Jay Baruchel's nerdy security guard Kirk works, so too does this unassuming wacky rom com in which dreams and self esteem take a front seat and the impossible has legs. Aimed at the same target market that enjoyed There's Something About Mary and the Seth Rogan comedies, this has similar key ingredients - namely dating game gaucheries and faux pas - as well as a really sweet heart.

The central characters feel real and Sean Anders and John Morris have written a smart screenplay in which the characters are not only firmly established, but they behave as you would expect. When we first see Alice Eve's Molly about to go through security at Pennsylvania airport, we see her toothpaste smile, her perfect pout, sensational figure and long blonde hair in a haze of slow motion. She is hot: even the soles of her impossibly high stilettos are red. Needless to say, Kirk is a blithering mess but fate throws them together and we endure the discomfort of a Warhol exhibition, an ice hockey game and a first date in which Kirk is mistaken for a waiter and meets Molly's ex, the handsome chisel-jawed pilot Cam (Geoff Stults).

But there's plenty more embarrassment to come. Remember that waxing scene in 40 Year Old Virgin? This one involves shaving to another area of the anatomy. And there's the make-out scene at the apartment of Molly's snobbish parents that ends all too quickly and with great embarrassment, highlighted by the diligently-licking dog Mr Pickles. The best scenes are those in which Kirk and his kookie friends Stainer (T.J.Miller), Jack (Mike Vogel) and Devon (Nate Torrence) exchange confidences - be it at the bowling alley or sitting on the baggage carousel. Kirk's dysfunctional family is a hoot, as is his vile ex-girlfriend Marnie (Lindsay Sloane) who provides good slapstick in the lead up to the climactic finish.

Although Jay Baruchel has a string of film credits, we feel as though we have never seen him before. He's suitably gawky and awkward - perfectly cast. Alice Eve is a stunner and much more than a pretty face - she has charm and sincerity as well. There's something intrinsically likeable about this film that doesn't profess to be anything other than what it is, and will make you cringe and chuckle in equal parts.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE (MA)
(US, 2010)

CAST: Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve, T.J. Miller, Mike Vogel, Nate Torrence, Lindsay Sloane, Kyle Bornheimer, Jessica St Clair, Krysten Ritter, Debra Jo Rupp, Adam LeFevre

PRODUCER: David B. Householter, Jimmy Miller

DIRECTOR: Jim Field Smith

SCRIPT: Sean Anders, John Morris

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jim Denault

EDITOR: Dan Schalk

MUSIC: Michael Andrews

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Clayton Hartley

RUNNING TIME: 104 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Paramount

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: April 1, 2010







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