SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE
A Mixed Experience
Release Date: March 12, 2010
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 104 minutes
Distributor: DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures/Viacom
Director: Jim Field Smith
Executive Producer: George Gatins
Producer: David B. Householter and Jimmy Miller
Writer: Sean Anders and John Morris
Address Comments To:Sumner Redstone, Chairman/CEO, Viacom
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John Lesher, President
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The movie stars Jay Baruchel as Kirk, a slightly nerdy and skinny, but witty and kind-hearted airport security man living in Pittsburgh. Kirk returns a cell phone to a beautiful blonde girl named Molly, who has a law degree but operates an event planning company with her sharp-tongued friend, the black-haired Patty. Along with his chubby, married co-worker, Devon, Kirk returns the cell phone at an art gallery party Molly and Patty have arranged.
To Kirk’s surprise, Molly invites him to a professional hockey game the next evening. Bring a male friend, she says.
Kirk brings his other friend, a macho co-worker nicknamed Stainer, and Molly brings Patty. Patty and Stainer don’t hit it off, however, and Kirk thinks Molly invited Patty for himself. Au contraire, Mr. Kirk! Molly is actually really interested in Kirk. This causes Patty some consternation, however, because she thinks Molly wants to date Kirk because he’s “safe” – unlike the tall, very handsome ex-boyfriend, Cameron, who recently cheated on her.
The trouble is, all of Kirk’s own friends and even Kirk’s goofy family (except for the eternally optimistic Devon and Kirk’s nice mother) also think Molly is out of his league. The question becomes, therefore, can Molly and Kirk’s relationship survive the low expectations of their friends and families?
The clever, witty, hilarious, heartwarming, and morally uplifting moments in SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE are often interrupted by crude sexual content and many “f” words and other obscenities.
For instance, in one moment, Kirk and his friends will be hilariously debating Stainer’s theory that a person cannot date someone more than two points above their physical, personality, and career rating. Thus, a “Seven” should not date a “10,” but can date a “Nine.” And, Kirk, who’s definitely a “Five” according to his friends but may be a “Six” (they take a point off because he drives a rusty Neon Ford), certainly should not date Molly, who’s obviously a “10” in every conceivable way. Then, in the next moment, there will be a very crude sexual joke or some “f” words and other obscenities laced with a strong profanity.
Overall, therefore, SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE is excessive, with an unacceptable Minus Three rating from MOVIEGUIDE®. In a way that’s really too bad, because the cleaner moments in this movie, if mixed with even stronger moral elements and little or no obscene content, could have been a really great, and perhaps even classic, romantic comedy!
When it’s relatively clean, SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE is hilarious, witty, and even uplifting. When it’s really obscene, however, it’s unacceptable viewing for any audience. Thus, the clever, witty, hilarious, heartwarming, and morally uplifting moments in SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE are often interrupted by crude sexual content and many “f” words and other obscenities. Considered as a whole, then, SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE is excessively unacceptable viewing.