Swanner: Can a relationship work when you have an average looking guy and an above average girl? That’s the premise to She’s Out of My League. Kirk and Molly are really clicking till they start listening to their friends and family who say a 5 can’t date a 10. Can these two make it when the numbers are against them? It’s a romantic comedy so we know how these movies end but does this comedy work? I think it works brilliantly in what is a big breath of fresh air especially after so many rom-coms of recent just haven’t.
Judd: I have to disagree, and it’s not because I don’t like rom-coms in general. I think that She’s Out of My League plays it extremely safe for a supposedly adult oriented R rated comedy. I felt like it was a PG-13 rom-com with a really foul mouth. There were some funny moments and some funny characters, but overall the movie was bland. Apatow alum Jay Baruchel plays the lead in an endearing, self-effacing way. Relative unknowns TJ Miller, Mike Vogel and Nate Torrence are great as the friends – especially Nate “Young Tom Swanner” Torrence. My only casting complaint is that Debra Jo Rupp was woefully underused.
Swanner: What’s so funny is that Debra Jo Rupp is probably the most recognized cast member…which tells you this is a cast of unknowns. I think you are totally wrong here. It’s has a young funny cast and a good script with a relatively new director. I know in most cases that would spell disaster but I found the characters likable (especially our leads) which is something that’s been vacant in many of the rom-coms we’ve seen lately. I know you’re going to say that I’m comparing it to the crap we’ve seen but I think this really is a keeper. I’m really looking forward to seeing it again.
Judd: Guy oriented rom-coms are always better than girl oriented rom-coms — the lead males are usually likable goofballs, whereas in girl-oriented rom-coms the lead females are usually intolerable harpies. She’s Out of My League isn’t a failure, but it’s not a complete success either. I think audiences are going to expect more than what the movie delivers in terms of laughs. I know I expected a lot more when I saw the R-rating and read about the “couch scene” — which was funny, but could have been funnier.