She's Out of My League
Screenwriters Sean Anders and John Morris are having a heck of a month: They wrote this Apatow-esque (Apatovian?) comedy, and they’ve got Hot Tub Time Machine coming out on the 26th. They clearly know how to pitch high concepts. An utterly regular, kinda dorky guy ends up with a hot girl, and no one, himself included, can quite believe it. There’s real potential in that idea, but the script feels like the budget version of a funnier movie that might have been.
Kirk (Baruchel) works for the TSA at the Pittsburgh airport. When he goes the extra mile to return a lost cell phone to Molly (Eve), he can’t believe that Molly seems interested. Unfortunately, neither can we. Baruchel is such a convincing underachiever that we never buy Molly’s speech about her history of dating handsome, charismatic jerks and her desire to try a nice and (it’s implicit) unattractive guy for a change. Molly is not a character so much as a plot contrivance, and Eve struggles vainly to make her more than a blow-up doll fantasy. Smith doesn’t bring much comic flair to the material, shooting in a flat style that drains the limited humor out of the script. This one must have sounded like comic gold in the pitch meeting, but there’s a difference between pitch meetings and finished films.