|She's Out of My League|
|Directed by||Jim Field Smith|
|Produced by||Jimmy Miller
|Written by||Sean Anders
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures
|Release date(s)||March 12, 2010|
|Budget||$20 million |
|Gross revenue||$9.6 million|
She's Out of My League is a 2010 American romantic comedy directed by Jim Field Smith and written by Sean Anders and John Morris. The film stars Jay Baruchel and Alice Eve, and was produced by Jimmy Miller for Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks and filmed in Pittsburgh. Production on the film finished in 2008. The film received its wide theatrical release on March 12, 2010.
Kirk (Jay Baruchel) works at the Pittsburgh airport as a Transportation Security Administration officer and has very few goals in life other than trying to get back together with his evil ex-girlfriend Marnie (Lindsay Sloane). Then he meets smart, sexy, charming Molly (Alice Eve) and, contrary to all expectations, starts dating her. But his initial excitement turns to panic as his insecurities and the advice of family and friends threaten to ruin the relationship. Even Kirk isn't exactly sure what Molly sees in him, though he's willing to do whatever it takes to make the relationship work. With his friends, family, and ex-girlfriend all watching stunned from the sidelines, Kirk discovers that he'll have to work overtime in order to convince Molly that he's worth hanging on to.
Principal photography for the film commenced on March 31, 2008 at the Mellon Arena, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. Filming continued in various locations around Pittsburgh until the end of May 2008, including the Pittsburgh International Airport and The Andy Warhol Museum. Mount Washington, the downtown Alcoa Building, Market Square, Century III Mall, and area sound stages were also used as locations for the film. Pluma's Restaurant in Irwin, Pennsylvania was used for bar scenes when shooting at Mellon Arena became impossible due to the Penguins advancement to the Stanley Cup finals. The film was co-produced by Jimmy Miller of Mosaic Media Group, a native of Castle Shannon, Pennsylvania and the brother of comedian Dennis Miller. According to Variety, it is director Jim Field Smith's first feature film.
The film has generally received mixed reviews from critics. It currently holds a score of 47 on the review aggregator site Metacritic and a 50% "Rotten" score on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 74 reviews. The consensus Rotten Tomatoes gives is, "She’s Out of My League has moments of humor and insight, but it’s bogged down by excessive vulgarity and cartoonishness."
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film two and a half stars out of four, commenting, "This R-rated blend of the sweet and the raunchy has its heart in the right place." Jake Tomlinson of Shave Magazine gave the movie four and a half stars out of five and praised the movie "for not throwing in cheap obstacles" and for the "good soundtrack." Michael O'Sullivan of The Washington Post was less enthused, giving the film one star out of four: "The movie clearly aspires to rise to the smutty-but-sweet synergy of other, better films. But She's Out of My League can't touch them."
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