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DVD Review: She's Out of My League

Jun. 22 2010, Published 9:28 a.m. ET

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Can average guys get the hot girl? What does it really take to win women over? And how do dating leagues really work?

She’s Out of My League tackles these and life’s other burning questions with over-the-top characters, cringe-worthy antics and lots of poor advice. Kirk (Jay Baruchel) is the everyman who gets the outrageously gorgeous girl. Despite his less-than-manly looks, crappy car and lack of ambition, babe-alicious Molly (Alice Eve) actually digs him. But alas, the young lovers are doomed! As their romance blossoms, Kirk’s family of dim-wits and his misguided friends wear him down, convinced that the unlikely match is simply impossible.

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As Kirk struggles through humiliating scenarios (the worst of which suggests sexual ineptitude, the least involves his horrific relatives at a brutal Sunday lunch) it’s clear that Molly’s status as a perfect 10 makes even the hunkiest of guys insecure -- and makes Molly one lonely lady. While she and Kirk play things out, their fate quickly becomes about more than just them: For Kirk’s rag-tag entourage, it’s about nothing less than the rules of dating as they know them.

For the rest of us, She’s Out of My League carries less weight. The jokes are immature and the characters are sit-commy, but there’s enough heart to just barely keep it all afloat. Baruchel has mastered the art of awkward, while Eve is pretty much dripping with allure and honey. And Kirk’s guy-crew? These boys will be boys until the bitter end (and then some, in fun DVD extras), but they’re bearable because they mean well -- and by the movie’s finale, they might just get some answers.

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