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Beauty And The Beast For The Knocked Up Generation

Reviewing: Dreamworks Skg She's Out Of My League (Dvd)  |  Rating:
Jacob Trowbridge By Jacob Trowbridge on
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The raunchy comedy genre that once spawned such "Dudes Only" hits like Animal House and Porky's has recently grown a heart where its naughty bits once were. Much of this growth in maturity should be attributed to Judd Apatow films like Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, where the result is as much about finding a truth as it is about blurting out penis jokes. She's Out of My League falls firmly into this fart-and-soul genre of comedy with Jay Baruchel (of Knocked Up) stepping into the leading dork role.

The plotline can be traced step-by-step all the way to the end just by watching the first few moments of the movie, like the Yellow Brick Road of romcom love stories: guy loses girl, guy wallows about girl, a different girl tries to date guy, guy is too hung up on ex to believe any other girl could possibly be interested in him. So don't expect any surprises in the story. Even in terms of raunch, the grossest parts mirror its predecessors--there's even a premature "shooting" sequence similar to that in American Pie.

What's surprising is how well this particular cast works together. And though each cast member still fills a very basic archetype (the bitchy ex, the brutally honest buddy, the doofy dreamer, the hot chick who's "oddly" smart), they play around within those roles to create some honest chemistry. The relationship between our main couple (Baruchel and Alice Eve) is fun to watch get sabotaged from inside and out, but what really keeps the movie from becoming too generic is the interactions between the four friends at the center of it all.

They all work at an airport, they're all slackers. We've seen this group before, in slight variations--most notably in 40-Year-Old Virgin and Superbad--but here they're light-hearted and a tad less over-the-top, which makes it easier to catch the audience off guard when they go a little crazy.

In this A to B to C story of loser boy meets beautiful girl, it's almost refreshing to know the ending long before it comes. And since the director knows that, it makes the ride a lot smoother and less awkward than it could have been.

No need to buy this one, but it's more than worth renting.