Movie review: "She's Out of My League"

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

For better or worse (mostly better), Judd Apatow has changed the comedy landscape, with "40 Year Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up" showing you can have smarts and heart and still be silly.

"She's Out of Your League" is the first starring role for Jay Baruchel, an alum of Apatow's underseen college sitcom "Undeclared." But this movie's just a pale imitation of Apatow's stuff, only good for some scattered laughs.

Kirk (Baruchel) is an airport security screener who hangs out with his co-worker buddies and apparently lives with his parents. Molly (Alice Eve) is a successful and confident stunner - and, as you may have gathered from the title, she's in a league in which Kirk is not.

In a setup that could only be conceived by a pubescent boy or a mediocre screenwriter, Molly falls for Kirk, much to the disbelief of Kirk's friends, his family and me.

Director Jim Field Smith was clearly aiming for Apatow territory, but the mark he hits is closer to "American Pie." The direct-to-DVD ones. The biggest and cheapest laugh is all about "manscaping."

Newcomer Eve doesn't get to do much besides be very pretty and unrealistically cool and attainable. It would have been nice to see if she could be funny, too.

But Baruchel is a skinny mix of awkwardness, nerves and earnestness. He's effortlessly funny, fun to root for and will probably be popping up in Michael Cera-type roles for the foreseeable future.

Unfortunately, he's out of this movie's league.

"She's Out of My League"

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Grade: C-