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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Everybody dies, some younger than others. Family is who you make it. Don't judge people by their appearances. Different can be good.
Positive Role Models
Marta is true to herself, brave in the face of death, and loyal to her friends. Those friends take great care of her -- and of each other. Though one is gay and the other lesbian, they are considering starting a family together. Federica is a math genius who can read cards and makes money at illegal poker matches. Arturo is a wealthy playboy who is living a life his parents have laid out for him.
The cast of this film is Italian. The main character has a debilitating illness and is supposed to look, dress, and act a little "different." One person calls her a freak. Her housemates and best friends are a gay man and a lesbian. These two are trying to conceive a baby together, though they don't talk through all the ramifications of that arrangement until close to the end of the movie. There's mention of a para-rowing facility at a club for the differently-abled.
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Violence & Scariness
Marta is dying of an incurable disease. We see her in the hospital, taking medications and treatments, and at a series of doctor's appointments as well as suffering coughing fits. Her parents died in a car crash when she was three. Arturo's friends make offensive jokes about his date with Marta.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Various couples are shown in bed, sometimes naked. We see a man's naked bottom thrusting and the side of a naked women when someone walks in on them having sex. In other scenes, couples kiss and begin taking off clothes or are lying in bed together, including after a first date. A woman in her undergarments tries to seduce a man, but he walks out. A woman kisses a man at a bar and someone posts a video of it to social media. Someone makes a joke about "S&M." A couple trying to conceive is told to attempt it using a turkey baster; later we see the man in the bathroom looking nervously at the baster and mentioning his years of experience (presumably at masturbating). The woman talks about her periods and ovulation cycle. A woman uses Tinder and semi-stalks a man online and in person.
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"F--k," "f--king," "s--tty," "damn," "a--hole," "d--k," "bitch," "head-butt," "moron," "coward," "God," "jerk," "balls," middle finger. The film was reviewed in Italian with English subtitles.
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Products & Purchases
Apple, Tinder, Instagram, Tom Ford. Some American movies are referenced.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Young adults drink at a bar. A woman needs medication for an incurable disease. A person calls a woman a junkie when she thinks her vitamins are drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the Italian film Out of My League has some quirky characters and scenarios as well as sexual situations, language, and a potentially sad central storyline. The main character is dying, and we see her at doctor's appointments, in the hospital, and stuck taking her many medications. But she is brave and maintains a plucky attitude. She also has the wholehearted support of her two best friends, a gay man and a lesbian woman who form her surrogate family since her parents died when she was three (and who are discussing forming a family of their own). We see couples having sex (man naked from behind and thrusting, part of the woman naked from the side, a woman in lingerie, a man shirtless, a woman in a bra) and kissing. There's discussion of menstruation, ovulation, insemination, and "S&M." Young adults drink at a bar. Language in the English subtitles includes "f--k," "f--king," "s--tty," "damn," "a--hole," "d--k," "bitch," "head-butt," "moron," "coward," "God," "jerk," and "balls." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This Italian romantic drama really picks up in the second half when it stops trying so hard to be quirky and settles into a sincere love story. Out of My League seems to have taken a few pages out of the Amelie playbook (the 2001 French hit) -- from the eccentric protagonist with a pageboy haircut to the film's red/green/yellow palette and accordion music. The difference is that Amelie was appealing because she wanted to do good in the world, while League's Marta just wants to "do" a handsome guy. She's looking for a romantic experience before she dies, so you understand her single-mindedness, but the build-up to their first date is an awkward jumble of forced scenes.
There are some funny one-liners (there's "more dignity in being rejected by someone out of my league") and a cute bit involving how she transforms her job reading daily grocery store discounts over a loudspeaker into a sexy voice performance. Marta's best friends slash housemates slash substitute parents are annoyingly available at her every whim -- don't these people have day jobs? Marta warns us at the start that this isn't like those trendy teen tearjerkers where the dying kid is perfect and popular. But, in fact, Marta is adorable. This is hit home during a montage where she auditions a variety of first date outfits. When the handsome, wealthy Arturo falls for her, it's a lot less surprising than the film wants us to believe. And when her illness inevitably comes between them, it's as heartbreaking as the film intends.
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