Jay plays Kirk, a guy with a dead-end airport job and a bunch of dead-end friends. He meets a girl named Molly (Alice Eve) who is, let’s face it, way out of his league. Those same friends are quick to remind him: you can’t date more than two points above your own rating. Molly has other ideas and inexplicably, she asks him out anyway.
What She’s Out of My League does surprisingly well is make Kirk and Molly’s relationship believable.
We’ve all seen the Woody Allen movie where the loser, ugly guy gets a girl he has no business dating, for no apparent reason.
But here they take that conceit and try to understand it.
She’s Out of My League tries to live in the murky, grey realm between the raunchy stratosphere of Judd Apatow’s movies and the cellar dweller, watered down formula romantic comedies usually populated by Grey’s Anatomy leftovers.
It succeeds in finding a level between those rom-com extremes, unfortunately that middle ground is as mediocre as you’d expect it to be.
She’s Out of My League takes Tropic Thunder breakout Jay Baruchel and attempts to turn him into a leading man. Baruchel cuts a gangly, awkward figure in front of the camera.Though he first gained attention as the lead in Judd Apatow’s short-lived 2000 college dorm comedy series Undeclared, since then he’s made his way in Hollywood mostly as a character actor, a character actor oft seen playing hopeless nerds.Yet when put front and center, Baruchel kind of works.He’s a leading man more in the mold of Don Knotts than George Clooney, probably better off as a sidekick but fully capable of holding your attention should someone ever remake The Ghost and Mr. Baruchel is sympathetic on screen as he flops his way through the movie well-meaning and, even at his worst, impossible to hate.He’s a fit here, in part, because the same could be said of She’s Out of My League.It’s not a particularly creative script, but like Baruchel it’s affable and at times, entertaining.