A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that She's Out of My League is like the recent slew of Judd Apatow and Apatow-inspired comedies that are slathered in exceedingly vulgar humor, but also have a sweet, endearing center. The film has little nudity, but because of the frequency and intensity of the language (including near-constant "f--k" and "s--t") and sexual situations (including a scene that revolves around premature ejaculation), it's best for kids and tweens to steer clear. Happily, the movie has a good heart and a good message about learning to believe in yourself regardless of looks, which is perfect for responsible older teens. Young-at-heart parents might enjoy the movie as well, even if most teens won't want to sit next to them.
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What's the story?
Skinny, nerdy Kirk (Jay Baruchel) never finished college, works as an airport security agent in Pittsburgh, drives a crappy car, and pines for a girl who broke up with him two years ago. When a "hard ten," the gorgeous Molly (Alice Eve), comes through the metal detector and misplaces her iPhone, Kirk retrieves it and wins Molly's gratitude -- and a date. They grow to genuinely like one another, but no one around them believes their relationship is meant to last: Molly is just too beautiful for Kirk. Will Kirk listen to his friends and family, or will he learn to believe in himself?
Is it any good?
It's a little rushed, and a little rough around the edges, but SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE is genuinely nutty and funny, and with some likeable characters at its center. It's apparently necessary to fill the movie with vulgar humor and sexual situations in order to sell it in the marketplace, but fortunately, the writing is fairly sharp, and with only a couple of those "big reaction" scenes that the filmmakers want everyone to talk about, wedged in.
Though many romantic comedies base their plots around lies and other ridiculous situations, this one gets points for characters that try to speak honestly; it's very simply about two people who are trying to connect but don't know how. English actress Alice Eve lends some soul to her "pretty girl" character and Jay Baruchel brings a unique look and appealing confidence to the "gangly nerd" type that is so popular today.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the way characters are rated on a scale of 1-to-10. What characteristics make someone a 10? Why is this so? Wouldn't different people be rated differently depending on how we see them? Is rating people worthwhile or not worthwhile?
Molly initially judged Kirk by his appearance as someone who was "safe" for her and wouldn't hurt her. Was she right?
After Kirk's most embarrassing moment, he manages to apologize to Molly by telling her the whole, embarrassing, ugly truth: and it works. Is telling the truth a good way to start believing in yourself?
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