Saturday, March 13, 2010

Movie Review - She's Out of My League

I decided to take a break from the onslaught of Oscar nominated movies I have been watching late (including Avatar for the second time) and see something a little more light-hearted last night.  Fired up my iPhone and bought some tickets on Flixster.  Walked into the theater, picked my tickets and was off to the races... I just love modern conveniences...

The movie of choice was "She's Out of My League".  The movie stars the Canadian Jay Baruchel and a host of other great character actors.   It is the story of a airport security guard and typical loser named Kirk who meets a girl named Molly, widely described as being a "10".  Seeing as this is a romantic comedy, you can pretty much guess how the plot goes.  Done by the same people who do movies like Knocked Up, you can imagine what kind of humour it is... real, honest and disturbing. 

There are a few interesting things about this movie.  One is that it is based in Pittsburg... and unlikely location for a movie but it really works.  I have always heard that although Pittsburg is a very blue collar town, it has amazing architecture and a fairly vibrant restaurant/arts scene.  It is even home to the Andy Warhol museum.  Who knew?

The other interesting thing about this movie is that I believe it is really about how the biggest thing that gets in the way of relationships is how we view ourselves.  Obviously, Kirk (Jay Baruchel) thinks that he has no business being with a girl like Molly... and that is what ultimate causes the friction between them.  So I think the message of the movie is believe in yourself and take chances as you never know what will happen.  Maybe that frog will turn out to be a prince or princess.

Of course, it is also worth mentioning that there are great performances by supporting actors in this movie and their solid comedic timing and delivery makes even the smallest of scenes so funny you'll have tears coming down your face.

Do you need to rush and see in the theater?  Maybe.  Should you see this movie?  Definitely.  

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