Besides being a native Montrealer, Jay Baruchel is cute in an awkward kind of way, so you really want to like him and whatever film he is in. Now in "She's Out of My League" Baruchel continues being cute, but the film is not exactly up to snuff.
Kirk (Jay Baruchel – Knocked Up, Million Dollar Baby) is a geek who has been pining over his ex-girlfriend, Marnie (Lindsay Sloane – The Accidental Husband, Bring it On), for two years now. To say that he is a loser in love is an understatement. He is working at the airport as security at the Pittsburgh with his friends Stainer (T.J. Miller – How to Train Your Dragon, Extract), Jack (Mike Vogel – Cloverfield, Rumor Has It) and Devon (Nate Torrence – My Best Friend's Girl, Get Smart – 2008). After a chance meeting with a hot girl named Molly (Alice Eve – Stage Beauty), Kirk finds her phone. Because he is such a nice guy and Molly is coming off a bad relationship she decides to ask him out on a date.
Shocked, but not stupid, Kirk agrees and the date goes well. So well that they decide to continue to see each other. Kirk's suspicion about a beautiful girl being attracted to his geekiness eats away at him. And the fact that his buddies believe the relationship is never going to work doesn't help either. Of course Kirk's lack of self-confidence ends up jeopardizing what looks like it could be a good relationship.
After reading the outline of the film you can see that there is not much of a story. It is pretty thin. There are even precious few scenes of the potential couple together. They never get to develop any chemistry or let us in to who they are. Character development is not of interest to this film. Though I am not sure what is of interest to the makers of "She's Out of My League". Is it comedy? Because it certainly isn't very funny. There are some chuckles involved, but it isn't as funny as the Judd Apatow films that it tries to emulate.
The premise of the film is one we've seen a million times – good looking girl is attracted to a geeky guy and he wrecks it all by not believing that her feelings are true. The film hinges on whether the guy and girl truly seem like a mismatch. They are in this film, but that just leaves you with a film you have seen before. The film never continues on to the next step of making you believe that the two actually do belong together. Everything about the film is pedestrian. It never gets offensive (thankfully), but it never gets good either. In the end it is like a ton of comedies that end up going straight to video. The film is definitely a hard five.