1 August 2010

Knocked Up for the mild geeks...

She's Out of my League - Jim Field Smith

A massive market of romantic comedies still exist and to be something different in this genre, you have to stand out as being something familiar and something renovated, it’s hard thing to do but sometimes it happens and proves that you shouldn’t fix what isn’t broken. And the case here is made by the new 2010 version of Knocked Up, She’s Out Of My League, staring a young cast who you may have seen in other films but not know the name of. The lead Jay Baruchel proves to the world that, with this being his first lead film, that he deserves to be here and deserves to become a much bigger name. It seems its Baruchel’s year, with massive releases this summer in a varied amount of ways with How To Train Your Dragon and the newly released The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. I’m a massive fan of Baruchel since a small television show which lasted for one season called Undeclared and was a great show about college written and directed by none other than the famous Judd Apatow at the start of his career and stars Baruchel as the lead with Seth Rogen and Jason Segel, who know both headlines films and earn a massive amount of money every time they release something. Sadly Baruchel didn’t blossom as quick, but now with the huge releases and his future looking bright, he could easily steal in and take a huge chuck of the audience favouritism away from Rogen and Segel.

Baruchel plays a lonely guy who doesn’t have much luck in his life including with woman, his job and his friends. He works as an airport security worker who works with his friends (who almost steal every scene in the film!) and one day due to a freak coincident, helps retrieve Molly’s (played by the stunningly attractive Alice Eve) lost phone. After helping getting her phone back, she asks him on a date. And straight away, Baruchel begins to wonder why such an attractive woman would date a guy like him, the average Joe. Throw in some really funny scenes with explanations how he could be funny, and Baruchel bringing Molly to his family’s house, where the family can’t quite believe what’s happened and you have a relatively funny film, but in a sweet way. I especially enjoyed Baruchel playing the sweet and innocent guy who just can’t seem to come off the way he hopes and with a surprising, but in a good way, ending, the best part is when it starts to go wrong, and for the first time, it’s realistic and isn’t the fairytale you would expect. The scenes with Baruchel best friends are clearly the main parts of the film that interact with the audience the best, it’s very similar to The Hangover, but sitting down.

Overall, a really decent romantic comedy that mixes it up a little. I expect the next step of Jay Baruchel to be big...


Simon Childs

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