She's Out of My League (R16)

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Review byMatthew Turner3/06/2010

Four out of Five stars
Running time: 104 mins

Hugely enjoyable, frequently funny romcom with likeable characters, a witty script, a steady stream of laugh-out-loud gags and terrific performances from its two leads.

What's it all about?
Directed by Jim Field Smith, She's Out Of My League stars Jay Baruchel as Kirk, a gawky but loveable loser who works as an airport security guard with his best friends Stainer (TJ Miller), Jack (Mike Vogel) and Devon (Nate Torrence). Kirk's still pining for his ex-girlfriend Marnie (Lindsay Sloane), despite the fact that they 'took a break' two years ago, but he's finding it difficult to move on when a) she also works at the airport and b) she lives with his parents (Debra Jo Rupp and Adam LeFevre), who have more or less adopted her.

However, things look up for Kirk when he meets smoking hot party planner Molly (Alice Eve) and she seems to be interested in him, to the amazement of both Molly's best friend Patty (Krysten Ritter), Kirk's buddies, Kirk's family, Kirk's ex and, not least, Kirk himself. But will his insecurities, together with his conviction that a '10' like Molly could never be interested in a '5' like him, scupper the relationship before it's even begun?

The Good
Apatow regular (and star of TV's Undeclared) Jay Baruchel graduates to big screen leading man status with a terrific performance as Kirk – the character could easily have been irritating given the amount of self-deprecatory whining he has to do, but Baruchel keeps him effortlessly likeable and charming. Alice Eve is equally good, finding a plausible note of insecurity within Molly (she wants to try a nice guy for a change) and generating appealing chemistry with Baruchel so that you root for them to be together.

The Great
There's also strong comic support from a terrific ensemble cast, particularly Miller, Torrence and Ritter, while Sloane is hilarious as Kirk's suddenly-interested-again ex. The script is excellent, striking the perfect balance between romance and comedy (even the film's two gross-out set-pieces work) and giving every character their fair share of funny lines, while also finding time to subvert a few of the standard cliches, such as the fact that Molly's hunky ex (Geoff Stults) turns out to be a decent guy.

Worth seeing?
She’s Out Of My League is a thoroughly charming, well written romcom that, for once, delivers on both the romance and the comedy. Highly recommended.

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