She's Out of My League Is Minor-League Fun

It's no 10, but some enjoyed this implausible rom-com
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2010 3:09 PM CST

(Newser) – You could do better than She’s Out of My League, the latest romantic comedy about a hot girl dating a dweeb. But some critics give it a passing grade. Here’s what they’re saying.

  • “If you're hungry to see a romantic comedy that makes Knocked Up look like the quintessence of plausible human mating, then by all means subject yourself” to this “one-joke sub-Judd Apatow snark-athon,” writes Owen Gleiberman of EW. There’s simply nothing remotely datable about Jay Baruchel’s male lead.

  • “I laughed here and there,” says Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune. “But I kind of hated everything it had to say.” Alice Eve’s character in particular is just a male fantasy. “If this were "Alice in Wonderland," she'd be the Cheshire Cleavage.”
  • But Roger Ebert liked it OK. “It’s not a comedy classic,” he admits. “But in a genre where so many movies struggle to lift themselves from zero to one, it's about, oh, a six point five.”
  • Peter Travers of Rolling Stone agrees. Sure, you’ve seen this a hundred times before, but “the spiky young cast treats the played-out script like virgin territory. That’s acting!”

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