When it comes to romantic comedies, I think most plots are over done. Guy meets girl. Girl falls in love. Guy falls in love. They hit a speed bump. They end up together. Credits roll. Sure, I like the feel goodness behind it, but that's about it. Prime examples of original romantic comedies are When Harry Met Sally, Shop Around the Corner, and of course Casablanca. These are hard ones to top. This year, however, I found a film I truly admire. And that is She's Out Of My League.
Very few love stories have the underdog coming out to win. Usually it's the one they are "destined" to be with, such as the horrific story of Bella and Edward. (No, I'm not a fan.) However, when I say She's Out Of My League was coming out in theaters, I was intrigued. It seemed like just the movie for me.
The story is and isn't very original. Kirk, (Jay Baruchel), is an unnoticed, pushover who is still in love with his ex, a skanky girl named Marnie (Lindsay Sloane). Kirk isn't a go getter. He's quiet, shy, awkward and just follows the golden rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." He works in TSA instead of being a pilot as he always wanted.
Everyone goes crazy when they meet the supposed "10" Molly (Alice Eve), ranked by our hero Kirk's friends as out of his league. She goes through airport security and is stopped by Kirk's boss who tries to "randomly select" her for a closer inspection. However, Kirk just waves her through and tells her she's okay to go. That's when he finds her phone, which leads to them meeting.
Molly invites him to a hockey game after Kirk gives her the phone back. Kirk invites his friend Stainer, played by T.J. Miller, to go with him. Stainer is the main cause of Kirk's insecurity with Molly though it is unintentional. Kirk thinks he is being set up with Molly's friend Patty. However, Patty reveals that, contrary to what he thinks, Molly is into him and the double date is actually for Patty and Stainer.
Kirk meets Molly's ex-boyfriend Cam, a tall, attractive man, which makes him feel even more insecure. He also meets her parents and makes a poor first impression having ejaculated on himself while Molly made out with him. As Kirk struggles to continue the relationship with Molly, obstacles are thrown in his way that make is rather hard for him to do so.
I wasn't sure what to expect going into this film, as most of the "revenge of the nerds" rip offs lately have been rather disappointing, such as Knocked Up and Superbad. Even Napoleon Dynamite didn't resonate well with me, though it is a cult classic. I had my fingers crossed though. While I don't like some parts, it was still a pleasant surprise.
The acting wasn't the greatest I've ever seen. There are parts where it just made me stare at it in disbelief. How big of a !@#$ Marnie is was rather unbelievable. The film quoting, hopeless romantic friend of Kirk's, as well as the only one who has faith in the relationship and the only one married, has to be my favorite of the friends.
"Tale as old as time. Song as old as rhyme," he says at one point where he sees Kirk and Molly together.
The ending made me smile, no matter how cliche it was. I've always felt that if I'm gonna spend a $10 on a romantic comedy the guy better get the girl. The Romeo and Juliet story can only be stolen a few times before it gets annoying, a fact proven by Nicholas Sparks with every bestseller he puts out. While the continued close encounters of them reuniting at the end got annoying, I was happy with what I saw as the credits rolled.
Bottom line, this was a good film. It wasn't the greatest love story of all time, but it certainly wasn't the worst. It made me feel good to see it and I smiled as I could relate to just about everything poor Kirk went through. There have been numerous romantic "comedies" that do their best and fail, which is a waste of money. Like I said, if I'm gonna see something depressing, I'll stay at home and read R&J or watch Titanic.