Film: She’s Out of My League

Posted on November 13, 2010


She’s Out of My League
Directed by Jim Field Smith (2010)
jusco’s Rating: ★★★1/2

How many romantic comedies sprinkled with vulgarity and obscenity have you seen that have been utter failures? Sure, there are a handful that have been successful especially the films involving Judd Apatow, but for the most part they drown miserably in their own pitiful pool of horrific filmmaking. But very surprisingly, She’s Out of My League is one romcom that does work.

The story is centered on Kirk, who has extremely low self-esteem and Molly, who is beautiful and constitutes a perfect 10 (Kirk, on the other hand, is only a 5 at most). They begin a relationship after a fateful encounter but along the way things go wrong. The typical “average guy and perfect girl” romantic story, but then again there are plenty of those guys out there (‘raises hand’) who can immediately relate to Kirk. That’s right, I was cheering him on the entire way, which is probably why I enjoyed it so much.
(Kirk and Molly on their first date at a hockey game)

The romantic part outdoes the comedy part in this case – a few hilarious scenes, but on the whole it grasps the attention of millions of guys out there who felt it a duty to stand behind Kirk until the very end where, as we all guessed but was relieved to see come true, a happy ending awaiting, leaving the male audience sighing and losing themselves in wishful dreams for something similar to happen in their own lives. This is a film that manages to steer away from cheesiness and is unusually convincing. It’s also notably not as raunchy as initially expected. Overall, a light-hearted, feel good romcom that touches the hearts of guys like you and me.

Posted in: 3.5-stars, film