The previews for “She’s Out of My League” looked entertaining, friends of mine were raving about how funny it was AND about how hot Alice Eve was in it, so what more motivation did I need for seeing “She’s Out of My League”?

Just the fact that it had been released on DVD and I didn’t see anything else that I’d rather rent.

If you haven’t seen the previews, don’t remember them, and/or the title of the film doesn’t give it away, the plot centers around a guy with mediocre looks and a mediocre job finding out that sometimes great things happen to great guys… in this case, Alice Eve happens to him.  Part of me expected the type of movie I’m prone to hate, the nothing-goes-right-so-let’s-laugh-at-a-person’s-pain type of movie in the vein of “There’s Something About Mary” or “Meet The Parents” or “Along Came Polly”.  I was optimistic that the Pros would outweigh the Cons (by which I mean Alice Eve is hotter than Cameron Diaz / Teri Polo / Jennifer Aniston).

I was pleasantly surprised.

Jay Baruchel was way funnier in this movie than I had expected.  I haven’t ever seen him “leading man” a movie before, and he hasn’t been super memorable in the things I have seen him in.  You be the judge:  Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Tropic Thunder, Knocked Up, Almost Famous.  If you’re like me, you probably remember he was IN those movies, but you don’t remember much about his performance.  In fact, you might not even remember what he looks like.  Here’s a reminder:

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Watch “She’s Out of My League”.  You’ll want to remember this guy, and his performance in that film will certainly help.  He’s a good actor with good comedic timing.  Once he stops taking roles like the upcoming “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and gets more opportunities in late-teen / adult comedies, his career should continue on the up-and-up.  I’ve even heard his voice-over work was well done in “How To Train Your Dragon”, but I can’t confirm that for myself.  {Before moving on, I can’t say I blame him for taking “Sorcerer’s Apprentice”.  As the movie Swingers reminds us, at least it’s Disney}

Now onto the leading lady, Alice Eve herself.

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Alice Eve had the tremendous task of being a nice, hot, approachable, not-too-girlie-but-just-girlie-enough, falls-for-a-nice-guy woman that we rarely see in films, and she pulls it off with a genuineness that makes you think that it’s highly possible that she had a crush on Jay Baruchel during the filming.

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The nicest thing about this movie is that it just seems natural.  It seems like a regular “slice of life” tale instead of an exaggerated one.  Sure, there are a couple of scenes which push the boundaries of what you might think are “normal”, but they don’t compound absurdities like so often other movies have done.

I’m not going to go into a lot of details about the secondary characters.  I’ll just say that the way this film was developed and the performances by the actors / actresses involved is probably very under-appreciated.

I hope they do a sequel.

If “Meet the Parents” gets to be a three-part series, I’d like to see what they could do with this movie.

Very enjoyable.  I don’t think my grandmother would like it, but it’s not so absurd that I’d tell my parents to shy away from it.  Anyone between the ages of 16 and 48 would likely have a decent time, so long as they’re not put-off by sexual content (which doesn’t mean nudity, in this case).

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