Director: Jim Field Smith Release Date: 12/03/10 If Steve Carell is the 40-Year-Old Virgin, then in She’s Out of My League, Jay Baruchel could be considered his younger counterpart. Baruchel’s scrawny and unassertive Kirk Kettner doesn’t have much going for him when it comes to wooing the ladies. His previous girlfriend, Marnie (Lindsay Sloane), who’s about as cruel and heartless as the black smoke monster in TV’s “Lost,” has moved on from their relationship that ended two years ago. (He, of course, still thinks they have a shot.) She was essentially adopted by his family when they broke up and basically lives at his parents’ house, but Marnie wants nothing to do with Kirk himself, and he is having an especially hard time taking the hint. The 20-something Kirk dreams of one day becoming a pilot, but he settles working as a security agent at a Pittsburgh airport with his longtime buddies, Stainer (T.J. Miller), Jack (Mike Vogel) and Devon (Nate Torrence). And just like Carell’s Andy Stitzer, Kirk gets all of his brutally honest guidance on love and courting from his friends and co-workers, even though most of those pearls of wisdom are probably not what he wants to hear. The guys can be a little too forthright at times, but in the end they do mean well, and they just want to see their reserved pal finally break out of his shell. And that day finally comes when Molly (Alice Eve), a voluptuous event planner who rates as a “hard 10” on the hotness scale, leaves her cell phone at the airport’s security checkpoint. Kirk returns the phone the next day as a courteous gesture, and as sort of a reward Molly offers to take him to an NHL game. Kirk figures Molly is being nice, but soon after the horn signals the end of one of the intermissions he realizes she has romance on the mind. Kirk, who is only considered a “5,” has to pinch himself to make sure he’s not dreaming because he cannot fathom why such a gorgeous woman would be interested in him — a point that his chums, his unsupportive family and Molly’s best friend and business partner (Krysten Ritter) don’t shy away from sharing. At first Kirk just enjoys the ride, but after listening to the constant reminders from everyone around him, he starts to question Molly’s decision even further, which puts their whole relationship in jeopardy. As improbable as this love affair sounds, the entire thing works considerably well and is completely believable because Holly is just not a pretty face with an ulterior motive. She has a perfectly good reason why she is chasing after a guy like Kirk, and it has nothing to do with his bank account, his crappy Dodge Neon or his looks. Molly has been burned so many times in the past by hot and muscular beefcakes that she wants someone who is truly genuine, sincere and considerate. The character of Molly could have easily been on the screen only for eye candy, but Eve plays her with absolute purpose and gives her some impressive depth. And although the trailers are advertising “She’s Out of My League” strictly as a sophomoric comedy, (There are still plenty of gags that will leave you laughing pretty hard, but more on that later.) the film has tremendous heart and contains an engaging love story with a valuable message. Sure, judging someone solely on the outside by a rating scale is assuredly superficial, but the movie makes it clear it’s what’s on the inside that counts and you should never limit yourself when searching for that special someone. But all sappiness aside, for a film like this to be convincing its audience has to want the two leads to end up with each other by the time the story comes to a close, and that’s exactly the feeling I got with “She’s Out of My League.” Although they are an unlikely duo, Baruchel and Eve share the kind of credible rapport that is missing in most other romantic comedies, which makes it considerably easy to see why their characters would be perfect for each other. But even with the great chemistry between its two headliners, “She’s Out of My League” could have faltered had it not been for the notable balancing act from director Jim Field Smith, who makes his big screen debut. Smith rarely stays on the romance or comedy side for too long and he knows precisely when to tug at your heartstrings and when to change gears and go for your funny bone. (You could also say the same thing about the way Smith handles the film’s massive collection of characters: Each gets the right amount of screen time they deserve, and that’s rare with comedies that are bloated with countless personalities.) But enough beating around the bush. By now I’m sure all of you want to know whether or not “She‘s Out of My League“ is hilarious. The sometimes predictable script from the writing team of Sean Anders and John Morris (“Sex Drive” and the upcoming “Hut Tub Time Machine”) often relies on jokes involving sex, private parts and bodily fluids that will remind you of comedies like “American Pie” and “There’s Something About Mary,” and although the humor never reaches the stratosphere of those two movies, “She’s Out of My League” is still a wild romp that delivers on the fun. (A certain scene that gives a new take on “manscaping” had me in tears.) Be that as it may, there are still too many comedic attempts that fall short to label 'She’s Out of My League' as a bona fide classic. It kind of feels like Smith, Anders and Morris just threw as many jokes on the wall as they could and saw how many of them would stick. Fortunately, enough of them do adhere to said wall that you’ll forget about most the ones that don’t. Photobucket