You know how rom-coms go, right? A typical romantic comedy – and all of them are typical – has a preset basket of stereotypical clichés:
• Either one of the two protagonists is a loser; the other will be a highly sought-after winner.
• The loser will have a bunch of friends, a couple of them better looking than him/her who will vomit out advice that the loser will blindly follow.
• Everyone around the loser will make the loser feel more like a loser, even if they are bigger losers than he/she is.
• The winner will be great at everything he/she does.
• The winner will have an ex, who the loser will be in awe of.
• There will be at least three twists in the story, one fallout between the loser and winner where neither one of them will try explaining themselves.
• The fallout will invariably happen when they’re half naked in bed.
• Towards the end, they will be brought to their senses by the friends who ridiculed them and will make a dash to get back together, preferably at a crowded place like an airport.
• The winner will tell the loser that it doesn’t matter if he/she is a loser; they love them for who they are.
• The losers in the audience will learn a lesson in being one’s own self and the winners will learn why people should be accepted for who they are.
• Exactly an hour and half will be the movie’s running time, give or take a few seconds, everything will be just swell at the end.
She’s Out Of My League boasts of each and every one these clichés. The loser here is Kirk (Jay Baruchel) and the winner is Molly (Alice Eve). Kirk is the quintessential dufus; he is quirky, diffident, but good at heart. Molly is a hottie with a nice cleavage; she is the antonym of Kirk and has everything going really well for her. As expected, they start dating and go through enough tribulations to create comic as well as romantic sequences. All’s well at the end, Kirk and Molly kiss and make up, and everyone goes home happy.
The movie is abound with clichés, but that said, it still is watchable. The story has nothing novel about it, neither does the adaptation, but the actors are new and there’s enough mush and humour to keep you entertained.
TJ Miller, as Kirk’s friend, is the stand-out performer. His boorish act is fun, while Baruchel and Nate Torrence (as Devon) evoke sympathy for their characters. Alice Eve has put in a good performance as well, she’s sweet and sexy at the same time, quite endearing.
Overall, She’s Out Of My League is a decent movie. It ain’t anything awesome, but it is one of the better rom-coms to have come out lately.