She’s Out of My League

Actually, this poster is more than perfect for the film. It features Jay Baruchel's face and all of its flaws right out in the open. Then there's Alice Eve, obscure and indistinguishable from many other pretty blondes out there. She’s Out of My League came as a strong recommendation from a friend of mine when it was out in theatres. This did not lead me to jump at the chance to watch the DVD, but I was certainly curious enough. After all, the premise of a down on his luck geek with self-image issues trying to find happiness with a mature woman with her shit together cannot be played out just yet, can it?

It can.

The message in these sorts of movies is clear and has been since Judd Apatow’s group made them popular with 40-Year-Old Virgin. The message is simply to own up to who you are and stop feeling so damn sorry for yourself. Only when you stop being insecure about yourself are you truly worthy of love. I get it. You get it. The message is past the point of banality now.

What really gets me about these movies is that they often point out the fact that the guys are putting the women on an untouchable pedestal while at the same time refusing to completely humanize the women. The women in the movies often come across as being dimensionless and without humor – and oftentimes flawless. The women never seem to make errors or see the ones they do make. Toward the end of She’s Out of My League, the predictable fallout occurs when Baruchel’s Kirk freaks out over how inadequate he feels compared to Eve’s Molly. At this point Molly admits that she initially only went out with him because he seemed safe. Then nothing. That seems like something substantive that could be mined for development within her own character because she started off looking down on Kirk herself. The line is basically a throw away that is never to be mentioned again. Why bother with it? Only the guys have to grow up.

If there is another woman in the movie, she is usually displayed as being nothing but flawed or just undesirable. Rarely are they sympathetic characters. Why? Because they are there to make the leading female look that much better. If you put them together, you might have something real. 

I wanted to like this movie more. The heart is in the right place. Unlike Apatow films, it delivers the message without becoming gross or obnoxious. Instead it goes for downright embarrassing, which works perfectly for a story about insecurity. But the movie decide to go with a played out story with all of the familiar shortcomings. Just once I would like to see one of these films with male and female leads who are both fully conceived and likeable. It would be nice if the females had admitted flaws that were greater than, you know, webbed toes…

About Gospel X

Media commentator who tries not to waste time - and often fails

Posted on June 29, 2010, in Bechdel failure, comedy, movies, review. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. But I mean, webbed toes can be multi-dimensional. Like a metaphor for countries trying to get out of the dominion of their former colonizers, while at the same time trying to maintain the protective umbrella of a said colonizing country. Or maybe that is just me…

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