Directed by Jim Field Smith
Devon’s Dating Show – A hilarious “Do’s and Don’ts” guide to dating for guys
Commentary by Director Jim Field Smith
“In this outrageous comedy, Kirk (Jay Baruchel, ‘Knocked Up,’ ‘Tropic Thunder’), an average guy, can’t believe his luck when the successful and gorgeous babe Molly (Alice Eve, ‘Sex and the City 2’) falls for him. His smart-ass friends, his crazy family, and even his obnoxious ex-girlfriend are just as shocked as he is.”
“She’s Out Of My League” is R for language and sexual content.
The movie’s success really hinges on the two leads – Jay Baruchel as Kirk and Alice Eve as Molly. Eve does her part by looking hot and conveying just enough personality to make her cool. Baruchel makes a good Average Joe that inadvertently finds himself the objects of Molly’s affections. Is it believable? In some respects, yes. It’s easy to believe that a “10” girl could be sick of dating egotistical “10” guys. It’s also easy to see a girl being attracted to a funny guy. And there are plenty of examples of 10’s marrying 5’s, but there is usually money or fame involved. But ultimately Jay Baruchel is funny enough that you want to see him get the girl and you’re willing to suspend disbelief. (Would a 10 guy ever fall for a 5 girl? That’s a lot less believable!)
But a lot of credit goes to the supporting cast. This is one of those occasions where the hero’s buddies offer a lot of the laughs. T.J. Miller is the real standout as Stainer. In fact, he probably has as much screentime as Jay Baruchel. He’s loud, obnoxious, and crude but he does deliver a lot of the funnier moments. Nate Torrence as Devon is also particularly funny as he repeatedly makes analogies between Kirk and Molly’s romance and Disney movies. Lindsay Sloane as Marnie is also very funny. She completely hijacks Kirk’s family and her reaction when the hotter Molly enters the mix is a lot of fun to watch. The rest of the supporting cast is also fantastic. There’s not a weak link in the mix.
The film also has a great setting. Our heroes are airport TSA workers and that sets up all sorts of comedy potential as these losers have ultimate authority over the travelers. Things get a little absurd towards the end as they perform hi-jinks that would get most people thrown in jail for a very long time, but again it’s forgivable.
The main mark against “She’s Out of My League” is that it is utterly predictable. You can probably guess every single beat of the plot before you ever put the disc in the player. And when it does have the inevitable ‘serious moments,’ it throws off the film.
If you’re in the mood for an R-rated romantic comedy, then “She’s Out of My League” should satisfy you. It’s not the best entry in the genre, but it is a solid one.
The bonus features on the DVD are a bit slim. You have the standard deleted scenes, blooper reel, and an extremely brief alternate ending which shows Marnie getting back together with Ron. But the best of the bonus features is “Devon’s Dating Show.” Nate Torrence as Devon and Kyle Bornheimer as Dylan take the screen to give funny dating tips. While Devon demonstrates his sensitive, Dylan shows his caveman side and the result is quite funny. Rounding out the bonus features is a commentary by director Jim Field Smith.