She's Out of My League [Blu-ray] Jim Field Smith

She's Out of My League [Blu-ray] Jim Field Smith
I think the commentary track from director Jim Field Smith speaks volumes about this low rent, raunchy relationship movie for men. He seems bored. Honestly, he doesn't say much, and when he does, it's to the effect of, "oh, yes, working with her was lovely." I can't blame him though, since everything in She's Out of My League is so strained and marketed that it's impossible to take any more seriously than you might a particularly zany commercial for dish soap. The plot is that of male fantasy, plus some superficial identity deconstruction for good measure, with the scrawny, underachieving Kirk (Jay Baruchel) unexpectedly winning the romantic affections of Molly (Alice Eve), a perfect "ten" he meets while working airport security. Despite her clear interest in him ― a result of lowered expectations and past hurt ― Kirk's blatant superficial insecurities lead to comic mayhem, with premature ejaculation, ball-shaving antics and the constant need for reassurance from his collection of male sidekicks. This on its own, is fine; I mean, unattractive men everywhere like being reassured that they can appeal to beautiful women (and they can, with a big enough wallet). But what is particularly gruelling about this entry into an already overloaded canon of forgettable titles is how hard it tries to be "cool." It's the cinematic equivalent of an old foreign man at work asking you if you're going to "party" this weekend and score with some "foxy babes." There are multiple music montages featuring the likes of Tal Bachman and the Fratellis, and the guys sit around chatting about romance, making up terms like "Moodle" (a man-poodle) in a sad effort to recapture the dorky teen lexicon immediacy of "MILF." There's even a scene of a dog licking premature ejaculate from Kirk's pants just after Molly's parents show up unexpectedly, because we can all identify with that, right? Then again, these laboured comic set-ups are at least more dignified than the overall message that with a little false confidence, any man can get a vacuous, hot woman to boost his frail ego. The Blu-Ray also includes a few bloopers and deleted scenes, along with a supplement where Nate Torrence and Kyle Bornheimer discuss dating dos and don'ts. They explore the hilarity of homophobia and date rape. (Paramount)