Film / She's Out of My League

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Well, yeah, they do look cute together.

2010 Romantic Comedy starring Jay Baruchel and Alice Eve.

The premise starts simple enough: boy (Kirk, an airport security agent) meets girl (Molly, an event planner), and through a series of circumstances end up falling in love. But Molly's very attractive, while Kirk doesn't consider himself much of a catch — and neither do his friends, who pick at him for being luckier than they think he deserves. Thus he's scared of losing her, even before her gorgeous ex-boyfriend steps in on the scene and declares that he will do all in his power to get her back.

Has examples of:

  • Adorkable: Kirk.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Subverted for Molly, most likely as a result of Wrong Guy First. She states she wanted to date Kirk because she was tired of bad boys/cocky "hot" guys.
  • Alliterative Name: For both Kirk (Kettner) and Molly (Mc Cleish).
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Kirk's classless and perverted white trash family.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: To some extent. When Molly is going through airport security, Kirk's the only one who's polite to her and doesn't attempt to make sleazy passes at her (which she's probably become used to by this point).
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Stainer and Patty act hostile to each other but each is upset when the other seems unattracted. Subverted as they don't get together in the end.
  • Betty and Veronica: Kirk is the Betty and Molly's ex, Cam, is the Veronica for Molly's Archie, while Molly and Marnie play with the Betty and Veronica stereotypes for Kirk.
  • Big Friendly Dog: Molly's dog.
  • Bigger Is Better: Jack pulls out a massive wrench to stop the plane
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Kirk's friends: Devin (big), Stainer (tall and thin) and Jack (short).
  • Brick Joke: Early on, as Molly chooses a dress for her first date with Kirk, her Dumb Blonde sister Cathy considers buying a very tacky dress. Later, when Kirk brings Molly to a family gathering, his ex Marnie appears at lunch wearing the same dress.
  • Bromantic Foil: Kirk's friends, but specially Steiner.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: One of Kirk's friends, who is happily married, gets a little obsessed when he hears that a woman other than his wife finds him attractive.
  • Dumb Blonde: Molly's sister. She has no tact, shows up at a social event with a see-through shirt, then proceeds to mix the drinks on a tray she's carrying and drinks them herself. She also picks food off the ground and puts it back onto the same tray, after which she offers it to the guests, absent-mindedly informing them the food has been dropped. She also has a taste for clothes like Kirk's ex, which is not flattering at all.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Kirk's family actively try to embarrass him and are deeply incredulous at him going out with Molly. His brother specifically enjoys tormenting him, even though they are both grown adults.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Stainer originally had this, but Kirk told him to adopt the nickname so it couldn't be used against him.
  • Fanservice: Molly. And how.
  • Fan Disservice: Kirk's shaving scene.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Kirk and his friends
    • Stainer: The Cynic, since he believes that Kirk and Molly will not work out.
    • Devin: The Optimist, who is confident that Kirk will succeed.
    • Kirk: The Realist, who is the middle ground between Stainer and Devin.
    • Jack: The Apathetic, who has the least involvement in the story.
  • Fruit Cart: There's a chase scene of sorts, in the airport, using those little electric carts. Even in the absence of fruit, they work in a fruit cart collision.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: This might seem like the whole premise, but the film plays with the nuances and even deconstructs some of the mentality behind this trope.
  • Going Commando: Molly claims to be doing this in one scene, but it's likely she was lying to avoid having to swim with Kirk's brother. Later in the movie we learn that she does, indeed, wear underwear when she strips down to her bra and panties in front of Kirk.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Beautiful blonde Molly is shown as being easy-going, optimistic and loving Kirk for who he is.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Molly is introduced in a Sexy Walk while several males are Distracted by the Sexy in succession.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Kirk, who attempts to sabotage his own relationship with Molly more than once because he can't get over his disbelief that a gorgeous woman is really interested in him.
  • Jerk Ass: Kirk's psycho ex and everyone in his family, minus his mother.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Stainer.
  • Jizzed in My Pants: Poor Kirk.
    • And to make things even worse it happens literally seconds before Molly's parents enter the room. And the dog licks Kirk's crotch, which is wet with his jizz. Yuck.
  • Light Feminine Dark Feminine: Molly, who is blond, optimistic and easy-going, and Patty, who is dark-haired, snarky and cynical.
  • Ms. Fanservice: While Alice Eve is meant to be the de facto centerpiece of the Male Gaze, Krysten Ritter (Molly's friend, Patty) and Lindsay Sloane (Kirk's ex, Marnie) also bring a fair bit of hotness to the table.
  • Nice Guy: Kirk.
    • Cam uses this guise to plant in Kirk's head the idea that Molly has some sort of defect.
  • Noodle Incident: Stainer.
    Stainer: "I am an insane motherfucker! You know that from the break room!"
  • Overreacting Airport Security: Kirk and Stainer's manager tries to hold up Molly, obviously because of her attractiveness, but Kirk gets him to stop.
  • Race for Your Love:
    • A gender-inverted version of this trope. Whereas many romantic comedies end with the man chasing the woman through an airport so that he can declare his love to her before she flies out of his life forever, in this film Molly chases Kirk through the airport.
    • Parodied with Marnie, who pursues Kirk out of pure jealousy, knocking him down while he attempts to get to Molly.
  • Reality Ensues: Just because he gets a really attractive girlfriend doesn't mean all of Kirk's self-esteem issues are magically and instantly made better.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kirk gives one to his whole family (minus his mom) and Marnie on the plane. He intended to get off the plane but couldn't... and boy were they pissed.
    • Devon also lays into Kirk's other friends for both their constant ragging on him and their supposed knowledge about the opposite gender, pointing out that for all their supposed wisdom and experience, they're just jealous and insecure and don't know nearly as much as they pretend:
    Devon: "You know what, Stainer? All it takes is one. Man, you... You guys sit here and talk about relationships but the truth is, I'm the only one here that's married. Yeah, and I'm tired of you guys busting my nuggets 'cause I've only been with one girl. It's 'cause she was the right girl. That's why I married her."
    • Molly gives one to Kirk, saying because of his issues, he's not a 5, he's a 0.
    • This is inverted slightly by the fact that Molly lied to her parents about Kirk's line of work and later admits she asked him out because she thought he was "safe".
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Molly bemoans being placed on a pedestal, when she honestly has plenty of her own hang-ups, insecurities and flaws. The movie primarily focuses on how it's a bit of a curse from Kirk's point of view, since he has to deal with his own insecurities and the petty jealousy and spite of those around him, which consciously or unconsciously work to sabotage the relationship.
  • Second-Act Breakup
  • Sliding Scale of Beauty: Molly is considered a perfect 10.
  • Straw Loser: Kirk may be presented as just an average guy, but he looks great next to assholes like his lecherous boss at the airport and especially his brother, who is fat, dumb, boorish, wears tighty-whities and is a sore loser. They're the "1"s to Kirk's supposed "5", basically.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Patty reacts like this to pretty much everyone that happens to act stupid at some point: the complainer on the plane, Molly's sister and Stainer. Also, to Kirk at times.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Kirk's friends, family and ex worsen his self-esteem issues.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Hot girlfriend. Molly's ex initially assumes Kirk must be gay for them to be out socially together.
    • Though he really isn't ugly. Other than being skinny, he's fairly attractive. Most everyone else thinks.
  • What Does She See in Him?: That's what he said.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Molly calling out Kirk on his self-confidence and insecurity issues.
    • Again, inverted to some extent for the reasons above.
  • Woman Scorned: Marnie only starts chasing Kirk because Molly shows interest in him.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: The aesop.

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