Kirk (Jay Baruchel) doesn’t have a lot going on in his life. He couldn’t afford to go to college after high school because his dad decided that buying a pool was a smarter investment, so now, many years later, he’s still working his post-high school job as a TSA. While not exactly desirable, especially with the presence of his uptight boss, working at the airport isn’t all bad, and he gets to hang out with his friends Stainer (T. J. Miller), a fellow TSA, Devon ( Nate Torrence), an airline reservation agent, and Jack (Mike Vogel), a baggage handler.
Kirk’s friends love him dearly and try to encourage him when it comes to meeting women, all agreeing that he deserves to be happy, but other than Devon, no one really believes that he will meet the right woman. Part of the reason for this is Kirk’s ex, Marnie (Lindsay Sloane), whom he’s still infatuated with. The fact that both Marnie and her new boyfriend, Ron (Hayes MacArthur) are always at Kirk’s house and that his family treats them better than they do Kirk doesn’t do much for his self-esteem, either.
In walks Molly (Alice Eve). Molly is beautiful, charming, down-to-earth, well-educated, financially secure, and after he helps her make it to her flight on time and retrieves her lost phone, is actually interested in Kirk. No one actually believes that Molly’s interest in Kirk is genuine, at first; not his friends and family, and not even her best friend, Patty (Krysten Ritter). But as their romance blossoms, everyone is forced to acknowledge that the two suit each other well. Kirk challenges Molly, and makes her feel acknowledged as a whole person, not just a pretty face. Molly inspires Kirk to be more ambitious, and inadvertently teaches him to recognize his self-worth and to stand up for himself.
As drama in the form of family, jealous exs, insecurities, and egos surface and threaten their relationship, Kirk is forced to grow, to become a person who is thinks themselves worthy of happiness, not just for Molly, but for himself. She’s Out of My League is one of the few romantic comedies I’ve seen which are actually both romantic and comedic. In between the laughter is the very real question of what makes two people compatible.
I give this one 4.25 stars.