Movie reviews this week looks at the romantic comedy She’s out of my league, it stars Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder) as Kirk, and the very impressive Alice Eve (Crossing Over with a flawless American accent, just as she was with a flawless Australian accent in Crossing Over, even though she is British) as Molly.
We join the movie as Kirk and his best friends, Stainer played by T.J. Miller (Get Him to the Greek), Jack played by Mike Vogel (Miami Medical), and Devon played by Nate Torrence, are at an airport discussing Kirk’s breakup with his girlfriend Marnie played by Lindsay Sloane (Entourage), one of them mentions the only way to get her back is to date other people and let her know he is dating other people so she gets jealous. They all work at the airport, with the four guys as Aviation Attendants. A drop dead gorgeous girl walks by, and captures the attention of everyone, including Kirk. She leaves her phone as she boards the plane, and when she phones her number via her friend’s phone, to find out where her phone is, Kirk answers, she reminds him who she is, and of course Kirk hasn’t forgotten her. She then tells him to meet her at a party she is organising (as she organises parties) so he can give her back the phone. On meeting her she tells him she has four tickets to a hockey game, and invites him as well as a friend, when Kirk gets back to his friends and tells them about her, and that she has invited him to a game, they guess this is a date, and are all amazingly surprised if not a little jealous, to which Kirk is reluctant to believe, claiming she is way out of his league. Kirk’s group of friends even go on an intellectual debate about guys dating girls that are out of their league, even comparing King Kong and Naomi Watts.
After the game, Kirk invites Molly to meet his family (she asked and he couldn’t refuse), where a hilarious scene occurs, as some of Kirk’s family members are in a pool, and are shocked at the very pretty girl Kirk has brought with him, they ask her to join them in the pool, she says she would but she didn’t bring a bathing suit, they mention underwear would be fine, but she says yes it would be if she was wearing any.
Kirk somehow has to convince his friends and more importantly himself that maybe he is good enough for her, despite her ex, Cam played by Geoff Stults trying to win her back.
Soon it’s turn for Kirk to meet Molly’s parents Mr. and Mrs. McCleish, who surprisingly are played by Alice’s real life parents Trevor Eve and Sharon Maughan, there is a hilarious sequence where Kirk refuses to shake Molly’s father’s hand due to an embarrassing incident, which Patty, Molly’s best friend, played by the lovely Krysten Ritter (What Happens in Vegas), suggests she should dump him, as she is only dating him because she sees him as safe, and someone who won’t break her heart.
She’s out of my league is a nice romantic comedy with superb acting from all sides.