Who’s In It: Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve, T.J. Miller, Mike Vogel, Nate Torrence, Lindsay Sloane, Krysten Ritter, Debra Jo Rupp, Kyle Bornheimer, Jessica St. Clair, Adam LeFevre
The Basics: Skinny, average-looking Kirk (Jay Baruchel) spends his days hanging with his airport co-workers and pining after his slutty ex-girlfriend (Lindsay Sloane) because he doesn’t think he can do any better. Enter Molly (Alice Eve), a smokin’ hot event planner who asks Kirk out on a date to everyone’s surprise, including Kirk. As their improbable relationship lumbers towards its Judgment Day -- i.e., the first time they’ll see each other naked -- Kirk’s self doubt and the disbelief of his friends and family make him sabotage the best thing that’s ever happened to him… which, sadly, is that he’s dated a hot woman.
What’s The Deal: Apatowians, take note: this is the closest thing to that special brand of bawdy bromantic comedy that we’ll get for a while. Well, except for this month’s Hot Tub Time Machine, which was co-scripted by She’s Out of My League writers Sean Anders and John Morris. At times, SOOML resembles a spiritual cousin to every man-centered comedy in the last decade, but despite the familiar themes and affinity for penis jokes, it’s not terribly mind-numbing. Neither is it ground-breaking, however, especially considering that the entire point of the film is to fulfill the average Joe fantasy that there’ll always be a hot girl who’ll have you no matter how much of a loser you might be. I can’t say Kirk’s lesson here will work for you in real life (Believe in yourself, and the ladies will come running) but as male romantic comedies go, it’s a fantasy as harmless as its protagonist.
The Quirk-tastic Character I Enjoyed The Most: Kirk’s doughy bud Devon (Nate Torrence), the token innocent in their circle of dudes. Happily married, he gives Kirk the wisest words of wisdom, lends him sage advice, and refers to Molly as the Princess Jasmine to Kirk’s Aladdin. Also, he shaves Kirk’s balls. A true friend, indeed.
Introducing T.J. Miller: Technically, we’ve already been introduced to T.J. Miller; he played Hud in the monster movie Cloverfield in his first screen role. But it wasn’t until now that I realized who he really is: Miller is the love child of Will Ferrell and Napoleon Dynamite, a curly-haired comic man-child wunderkind who threatens to steal SOOML out from under Jay Baruchel’s adorable, nerdy James Dean act.
Catchphrase The Filmmakers Hope Will Catch On: “Moodle.” Definition: Man-poodle.
The Hit 1981 Single Destined To Become The Hit Cover Song of 2010: Hall and Oates’ “Kiss On My List.” The Bird and the Bee covered it for their new album, I hear it every time I walk into my local pharmacy, and T.J. Miller sings a rousing rendition in the film. (His character is the lead singer of a Hall and Oates tribute band, naturally.)