She's Out of My League (2010) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Romance
Paramount || R - 105 minutes - $39.99 || June 22, 2010
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2010-06-12


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Jim Field Smith
Writer(s): Sean Anders & John Morris (written by)
Cast: Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve, T.J. Miller, Mike Vogel, Nate Torrence, Krysten Ritter


Theatrical Release Date: March 12, 2010


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Devon's Dating Game
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Blooper Reel


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Brazilian Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese

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.::THE FILM::.

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Jim Field Smith’s romantic comedy, She’s Out of My League stars an unlikely lead both in romance and comedy, Jay Baruchel, a young actor who has mainly been known for his supporting roles in such comedies as Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder and Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist. Now he’s taken the lead in a comedy that doesn’t quite hit a home run and I think wanted to be a truly raunchy but heartfelt film along the lines of The 40-Year-Old Virgin yet still has some funny moments.

An average Joe named Kirk (JAY BARUCHEL) is down on his luck. He’s in a dead end job with the TSA, he’s got a POS car and his verbally abrasive girlfriend has broken up with him but still hangs with Kirk’s parents (including DEBRA JO RUPP of “That 70’s Show”) and is dating a complete schmuck. He also hangs out with three oft-bonehead friends: Stainer (T.J. MILLER), Jack (MIKE VOGEL) and Devon (NATE TORRENCE aka Lloyd from Get Smart).

His life gets turned upside down – in a good way – when the gorgeous Molly (ALICE EVE) walks into the airport where he helps her get through a line of men wanting to get a closer look at her. When she leaves her phone in one of the bins, Kirk finds it and makes arrangements to return it to her and in the process scores a date. Of course, someone like Kirk isn’t normally Molly’s type but she just got out of a relationship and decided to give the lanky fellow a chance... all to the bewilderment of Kirk’s friends and insane family.

At first, the couple has fun. Kirk is funny. She’s cute, bubbly, successful and all around interesting, not to mention beautiful. But their pairing goes against nature since on the looks scale she’s a perfect 10 while Kirk is, at best, a 6 bringing an overall deficit of 4. His friends don’t let him forget this and it soon seeps into his own mind just as the relationship goes to the next level. And things aren’t going so good on her side as she’s not forthcoming with her parents about him and her best friend (KRYSTEN RITTER) is also puzzled by Molly’s choice.

Can the couple overcome the obstacles and find true love? You can probably guess the answer but like most romantic comedies, it’s about the journey, characters and casting that makes or breaks a film. And in those three facets, She’s Out of My League passes the grade as it has just enough raunchiness to throw you off and enough outrageous supporting characters to make you laugh your butt off (Kirk’s family is nuts to the extreme). I also liked how the film takes some genre clichés and turns it on its side such as a heroic speech towards the end.

The supporting cast does have a bit of a resemblance of an Apatow production: Stainer (played by T.J. Miller; Seth Rogen/Jason Segel in Apatow-land), Jack (Mike Vogel; Paul Rudd) and Devon (Nate Torrence; softer spoken Jonah Hill). So even though each character isn’t exactly unique, the performances and line deliveries still make them funny and a perfect fit with Kirk.

What also works, although it does defy nature, is the casting of Jay Baruchel and relative newcomer Alice Eve in the leads. Sure, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense why someone like Molly would give Kirk that much of a chance other than that she wants to “play it safe”, but if you can just buy it from get-go, you’ll have a good time.

Overall, while I don’t think League is a great romantic comedy, it still made me consistently laugh and the characters and their situations, as over-the-top as they may be, are very funny. Since I doubt many of you saw the film in the theaters, I would recommend you at least give this a rental as it certainly surprised me some. Also, if anyone is a fan of the comedy, Sex Drive, this was written by the same pair of writers...



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

There’s not a whole lot of features on the disc which isn’t too surprising given its low key box office total ($42m worldwide with a $20m budget).

Commentary by Director Jim Field Smith – The director provides some tid-bits on shooting the film, establishing the characters and story, etc. A movie like this would’ve greatly benefited with the cast members in the room. As it stands, the track tends to be a tad dull but he does fill the time.

Devon’s Dating Show (7:28; HD) – Devon (Nate Torrence) provides some tips on dating with Dylan (Kyle Bornheimer). It’s a funny skit but sadly this is the only featurette on the Blu-ray...

Deleted Scenes (3:33; HD) – There are only four slashed scenes and an extended ending with an optional commentary by Field Smith where he explains why they were axed. Nothing here is that interesting and can be skipped altogether and that includes the lame extended ending.

Blooper Reel (6:20; HD) is a collection of flubbed lines and is sadly the best feature on the disc.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

She’s Out of My League is presented with a surprisingly open 2.35 aspect ratio (most comedies I notice are either 1.78 or 1.85) and for the most part is nice looking, but in 1080p high-definition it’s not a great HD presentation either as at times the picture is a little soft. Colors aren’t terribly vibrant but the skin tones are good at least.

The DTS-HD Master Audio track meanwhile is suitable for a comedy, though this is primarily dialogue driven with the occasional top 100 song thrown in for good measure. I noticed that most of the audio came from the front channels while the rear speakers were for ambient noises and the low-frequency channel clicked on for the music.



.::OVERALL::.

She’s Out of My League in a way reminds me of a Judd Apatow production except it’s not quite as polished, though overall I still laughed throughout and Jay Baruchel after so many supporting roles gets to take center stage and does a good job with the opportunity. Unfortunately the features are sub-par (not a single behind-the-scenes featurette) and the audio/video while good aren’t anything to get excited over. I’d say that if you can get this for around $15, it might be worth it.