When he starts dating drop-dead gorgeous Molly, insecure airport security agent Kirk can't believe it. As his friends and family share their doubts about the relationship lasting, Kirk does everything he can to avoid losing Molly forever.
I am Still Laughing and Delighted with the Beauty of Alice Eve---In Pittsburgh, the clumsy and average Kirk (Jay Baruchel) works as a TSA security agent at the airport. Kirk is out of shape, uncoordinated, not college graduate, has never been in Europe and drives a shitbox Neon. His friends are a bunch of losers that also work at the airport and use to rank themselves and women. His family does not support him and his father used his college money to build a large swimming pool in the backyard of their house. Kirk dreams on becoming an airplane pilot, but he is insecure and without self-esteem. He also misses his former girlfriend Marnie (Lindsay Sloane), who is a bitch that humiliate him all the time. One day, the gorgeous Molly McCleish (Alice Eve) is helped by him in the check-in to a flight to New York, but she forgets her iphone and Kirk holds it for her. On the next day, Molly invites Kirk to go to a party at the Andy Warhol Museum and he delivers her iphone to her. Sooner they date and he learns that she is a successful promoter of events that lives in a fancy apartment and drives a nice car. However, the lack of confidence of Kirk does not let him see that Molly loves him since she is totally out of his league. The delightful "She's Out of My League" is one of the funniest comedies I have recently seen. Jay Baruchel is hilarious in the role of a man that has no self-esteem and self-confidence to be happy with one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen, Alice Eve, who is really a pretty woman. Alice Eve was ranked #7 in 2010 in the "Beautiful Famous Faces" by "The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World." My vote is seven.Title (Brazil): "Ela é Demais para Mim" ("She is Out of My League")
Nothing special but it's definitely watchable.---(I apologize in advance for not noting the names of the characters and their respective actors. It's been a few days and there really wasn't anyone in this movie that had a great performance or had done much else I've seen in the past)I don't expect much from movies like this. Movies are so hit and miss nowadays it's hard to expect a lot from a comedy with a not so original premise and not much fanfare. Not that a movie needs to be hyped to be good (far from it) but I think you know what I mean.This movie fills the minimum quota of laughs and they're spread out pretty evenly throughout the film. It's somewhat juvenile but that should be expected going in. Regardless if you feel you're above that don't bother. The rest of the movie is fine it's just not very original.The answer to why this girl is going out of her way for the main character isn't really convincing. She's dated attractive meatheads her whole life and wants to go in the complete opposite direction. Okay that's cliché but I can accept that. The thing is there's pretty much zero chemistry between the two characters and no realistic arc of them getting together. She just picks him because he's not a gorgeous narcissist and that's it. She admits as much later on but it still doesn't explain why she puts up with so many strange things his family puts her through or his particularly unusual lack of self-esteem. I mean near the end of the movie it seems like it's been months since they started dating and for some reason he still can't believe she likes him and still isn't comfortable being around her. That's very hard for the viewer to believe and if he really was THAT devoid of self-esteem there's no way she would have ever even taken a shot at going out with him. I know it's just a comedy but a little believability on the part of the actors would have been nice. You get what you pay for in this case I suppose.The only other complaint I had was that the ending was not only a cliché that's been done a thousand times but that it was drug out for far too long. At least make it quick if you're going to make us sit through something we've seen a bunch of times before.The movie made me laugh and I was glad I watched it once. That's a success in my book. I just think with a little more polish it would have been a smoother ride.One minor note: One reason I wanted to see this is because I'm a native Pittsburgher and a big Penguin fan. I was a little disappointed they just made up player names like Reese and Fox. I mean come on: They got a bunch of Penguins to appear in that Van Damme movie Sudden Death. It would've been nice for them to get just one player, even a nobody, for the sake of a little authenticity. Very minor complaint though obviously. I have actually been to the Brillo Box, the place where the party near the end is held. I don't believe the inside is the same place. The actual place is much, much smaller.
Proving to rival the likes of Judd Apatow and Kevin Smith!---'SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five) Sean Anders and John Morris, the writing team behind 'SEX DRIVE' (which Anders also directed and I thought was one of the best comedies in recent years) and the upcoming 'HOT TUB TIME MACHINE', wrote this hilarious comedy that is emotionally touching and inspiring as well. This seems to be the writing teams knack and they're proving to rival the likes of Judd Apatow and Kevin Smith, which previously had the market cornered on intelligent yet crude and vulgar comedies that also prove to be well made and heart felt character studies as well.The duo, at least so far, have also centered on subject matter revolving around the social outcast 'loveable loser' finally winning out and succeeding in life (most notably by winning over the girl of his dreams, who's way out of his league). This is probably a really relate-able subject matter for their target audience which is why their films (at least the first two) have been such a success. Sort of the same area of expertise Smith and Apatow also have and have had great success in.This movie fits the writing team's known formula to a T and tells the story of a pretty average looking 'loveable loser' named Kirk (played by Jay Baruchel, a known Apatow collaborator) who manages to impress a stunningly beautiful woman named Molly (played by newcomer Alice Eve) with his kindness. Molly's on the rebound from a bad break-up with a cocky good looking pilot (played by Geoff Stults) and due to the fact that Kirk seems 'safe' and harmless she asks him out. The two actually hit it off but due to Kirk's lack of confidence (due in large part to his best friends' constant put downs and demoralizing abuse, which is probably a relate-able subject for a lot of target viewers as well – it is for me) he loses faith in himself and unintentionally sabotages his chances with her.The movie is actually a pretty smart and clever character study and it's definitely inspiring, although it is also pretty far fetched; that a ten would go for a five, as the movie's tag-line states. Despite the insight and heart the movie does deliver on all the low brow belly laughs that the previews promise and there's a lot of really clever 'Smith-esque' dialog as well. Soon to be a comedy classic!Watch our review show 'MOVIE TALK' at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j95Zjdlcbe0
A League of its Own---Yes. I agree. Totally. Absolutely. 100%. Never happen. Just as much fantasy here as in The Lord of the Rings. Republicans and Democrats have a better chance. Glenn Beck and Hillary Clinton have more chemistry.Let me get the positives out first, because, dammit, I hated this movie. OK, it had some good shots; the cinematographer was well paid. And I did chuckle, but not laugh, at a few scenes. FEW. Oh, and I liked them using "normal" guys for the nerds verses just throwing in the usual suspects: Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, et al.Whew, I'm glad that (and the movie) is over. Going back to my first observation, perhaps a 10 would go after (they say a 5+, I say a) 3 (THREE) and THAT is being generous, but there has to be something more. Is he funny? Is he wealthy? Is he self-confident? Is he interesting? Is he caring? Does he have a big member? Does he have, at least, ambition? This absolute DUFUS has absolutely none of those qualities. Seriously? Could they have written a worse off human being? Forget the "looks" or lack thereof; let's not be shallow, shall we? Give me something OTHER than the target it-girl (who looks too eerily like a young Ali Larter) using him to avoid heart break.Nope. On paper, he's supposed to be HILARIOUS! FUNNY! And a LOYAL FRIEND! I saw none of these displayed. Man, can he bore me. Dude, he's as loyal to his friends as Kramer is to Seinfeld. And the actor, Baruchel, didn't even appear like he was trying. Sure, he seemed happy he had a starring role, finally, but he read the script verbatim and went from point A to B without adding any heart or any desire to prove to the audience he was worth rooting for.Don't even get me started on the unoriginal script, bad ideas, thoroughly predictable story lines and terrible attempt at being gross – don't throw in a scene, such as the straight male shaving his best bud's pubes, simply to appeal to the American Pie crowd, when it literally does not fit in with the rest of the atmosphere.Here's my take on the synopsis: Boy, Kirk (Baruchel) meets Girl, Molly (Eve) at the airport where Boy works. He's still stuck on ex-girlfriend who broke up with him – and as bad as she is (duh, I said it was predictable,) she broke it off, rightfully so – two years prior. BAM, friendly Molly with a lot of male baggage enters the picture and falls for "safe" Kirk.Whew, good for him. And they date. Hilarity (yeah, right) ensues with all the secondary characters who simply try too hard at being, well, third-rate, and barely funny, characters.Let's just count the time down to the inevitable "fight" or "lies-turned-truth" all these movies always contains moments before the "heartbreak" song, soul searching and predicatible make-up finale.Do these people try anymore? I would give this turd a higher rating if anyone had a personality range above Keanu Reeves or humor even as minor as Adam Sandler. But, no. They weren't funny; they were as depressing as they looked.Little thought went into this. And less thought you should have in renting it. She's out of his league for good reason. SKIP.
A romantic comedy in disguise.---"Do you even know how hot you are?"She's out of My League is a fairly typical comedy. Jay Baruchel plays an utterly average guy named Kirk, who is nothing more than mediocre in every aspect of his life, career, and looks. When a chance encounter leads to him meeting Molly (Alice Eve), a nearly- flawless woman (seriously, she's gorgeous in this movie) who seems interested in him despite all odds, Kirk has to deal with the new experience of being a 5 who's dating a hard 10.?So yeah, that's not exactly a fresh, new story. That can be forgiven in a comedy, as long as it's..well, comedic. The movie manages to be pretty funny at times, but a lot of the humor is hit or miss. Something hilarious would happen, and then you'll spend the next five minutes wondering whether what you're seeing is supposed to be funny or not. Jay has been much funnier in other movies, and the supporting cast wavers between humorous and annoying. Still, the jokes in She's out of my League succeed more often than they fail.The relationship between Kirk and Molly is a little hard to swallow at times, because she seems so determined to like him. Even though Kirk's personality in the movie isn't particularly remarkable. You actually start to believe their friends when they're constantly telling them that they're not going to work as a couple. The inevitable circumstances that cause problems for them seem extremely forced and predictable, as is their eventual reunion. There's little imagination involved in the story, that's for sure.?It probably seems like I didn't particularly like the movie, but I did. It was quite funny in parts, and even the most generic parts of it weren't bad - just overly familiar. This isn't a bad comedy to check out, I just wouldn't go so far as to recommend buying it.
Seen it all before, unsurprisingly!---when will filmmakers realise that this has been done a quadrillion times before and people are getting bored of the same old routine. Daft boy meets super hot girl, super hot girl falls for daft boy, (skip some), they have a falling out, (skip some), and then they get back together and live happily ever after. There are so many films out there that are just like this and they are so very untrue to real life, sure thats what movies are for (getting away from real life) but this film tries to make it true to life and fails, it has mediocre acting, poor character development and it the only reason i gave it 1 out of 10 (not the fact i cant give it 0 out of 10) but the fact that it has some mildly funny moments, which were the only things that kept me from getting out of my seat and walking out of the cinema.If you want something however that is new, interesting and not something you have seen before don't bother with this one!
Sigh....---What is this? Am I stuck in a vortex of terrible movies or something? Or is it just that greedy men in business suits will feed the dumbed down population whatever crap they desire as the most of population will empty their wallets for it? OK then, let me start reviewing this movie. Firstly, the starting itself told me that this movie was going to be something I've watched a million times before. An overview of the city while a dumb song plays. How original. I'm sure you've read the plot if you're reading this review. A very good looking girl falls for a very average 'nice' guy. There are many things that are wrong with this movie. Firstly, the music. It's really annoying to hear a radio friendly pop rock song in every other scene in a movie that's not even related to music. Secondly, the humour. If you've watched any modern mainstream non romantic comedy you know what to expect here. It consists of swearing, more swearing and sexual innuendos. I do not find swearing at an elderly man who does not deserve to be sworn at funny. I don't see why anyone over the age of 13 would find premature ejaculation, which was supposed to be one of the funniest jokes of the movie, amusing at all. Showing middle fingers, pointless profanity, shaving pubic hair... I mean seriously? Do they really expect people to laugh at this? It's the same recycled bull we've been seeing for a long long time, started by movies like 'Revenge Of the Nerds' (These jokes sucked even then!)Other than the worthless humour we have tons of pseudo drama involved here. Just before the ending there is the formulatic 'sad' part, just like every other 'comedy' movie nowadays. There is a dumb moral to be learnt at the end too. And apparently, all people are rated by numbers (from 1-10, or something) and everyone, and I mean everyone, knows about this rating system. The characters are people I really don't care about. And the ending, well it's your typical Hollywood 'everything's fine and peachy' ending.What can I say? There is nothing smart, witty, entertaining, original or redeemable about this movie. It's just another pile of crap Hollywood has put out and will keep putting until people stop watching (or at least paying). So please, for the love of decent cinema, do not pay for this or other generic movies so those evil greedy men in business suits can realize that enough is enough.
Sweet but rude in places---The path of this romantic comedy is well trodden - loser Kirk is asked out by gorgeous Molly because she is weary of bad treatment from the hunks she normally dates, and he seems safe. He's actually a nice guy, and she falls for him. However, his friend Stainer has been driving home the message that he is way below her status (both socially and in terms of looks) and it will never succeed, and her friend Patty has been doing the same with her. This eventually drives them apart, at which point the friends realise the mistake they've made and conspire to bring them together again.I'm not familiar with Jay Baruchel (Kirk) other than as the voice of the main character in How To Train Your Dragon. But, on the basis of She's Out Of My League, he appears to be vying with Michael Cera and Jesse Eisenberg for the position of Self-denigrating Loser Unlikely Romantic Hero.And he is doing so quite successfully in this case, because the object of his affections is played by Alice Eve, another performer with whom I am unfamiliar but about whom I will say she is very attractive (of course, that's the point of the movie) and she has a great smile. I wasn't familiar with much of the supporting cast, either, but they were all good - interestingly, Molly's parents are played by her real life parents, English actors Trevor (Shoestring) Eve and Sharon (Gold Blend commercials) Maughan. I particularly liked Krysten Ritter as Molly's friend Patty, and Debra Jo Rupp as Kirk's mother.As is the modern fashion there is a fair amount of bad language, and some concentration on bodily functions (one of which gives rise to one of the funniest sequences in the film). But these are nice people and it's quite a sweet story, and the ruderies fit quite well, so I didn't mind that much.I liked this film.
Nice Little Surprise---In all honesty, I have no idea why I went to see this movie. It clearly falls in one of the most clichéd of all film genres and stars only one person I have ever heard of. But I went to see it anyway and I was glad I did.I think I liked it mostly because of the leads. I liked the guy because he never tried to impress the girl, he was just himself, even when it was painful and difficult to do so, and I liked the girl because once you got past her looks, you found an interesting person underneath.The other big reason I liked it was because it managed to take one of the oldest romantic clichés ever--racing to the airport to declare your love before that Perfect Someone leaves--and put a nice twist on it. Kudos to the writers on that one, that alone was worth several points on this scale.This is actually one of the better movies I've seen this year, I highly recommend it.
Try's to have its cake and have sex with it too---She's out of My League is the type of film that seems to suffer from a crisis of identity; is it a romantic comedy or an Apatow-esquire combination of raunch and insight? Jay Baruchel's first starring vehicle tries to have its cake and have sex with it too, and winds up splitting its resources to less effective result.Frankly put, She's out of My League is not funny. There is the scattered chuckle and a few moments worthy of a laugh but for the most part the narrative just hums along; never becoming outwardly awful nor achieving anything memorable. The films saving grace is the chemistry between Jay Baruchel and Alice Eve which at times is so strong it almost makes the movie worth seeing in spite of itself. If SooML had concentrated on the romantic efforts, I feel like something excellent could have sprung forth, but with its scattershot approach we have only the leads on which to lean.Perhaps the most refreshing thing about League is that Eve's Molly is actually a nice person. She is not manipulative, hot-but bitchy or using our nerdy hero for her own purposes. Usually in a movie like this we have the girl-best friend who unbeknownst to our swooning protagonist holds a flame, and after the hottie eventually betrays him, he finds love has been beside him all along, etc, etc. We don't have this here; there are now competing forces for Kirk's affections and the film and the audience win because of it.There is a lame ongoing gag where our leads are rated; Kirk is a '5' and whatever number you receive, the laws of nature inhibit you from deviating more than 2 'points' in either direction. Enter Molly, a hard '10' and after leaving her cell phone at the airport where our geeky Romeo is employed she becomes somewhat smitten (feelings which he immediately returns) to the astonishment of his friends who can't believe his luck. From there we get our normal rom-com story arch which as I stated is heavily bolstered by amazing chemistry and performances from the star-crossed lovers.Also like many movies of this ilk, the friends of the leads are jerks/bitches who more than once, accidentally or intentionally pull Kirk and Molly apart. I don't understand this resurfacing convention but it grows more distasteful with every film. Thankfully some of these characters undergo an epiphany so they do not remain totally repulsive characters. She's out of My League is unimposing and sweet, and is not above a watch on a date night or rainy Sunday but it certainly nothing to rush out to see in theatres.Read all my reviews at simonsaysmovies.blogspot.com