dvd reviews

By Jared Curtis


‘She’s Out of My League’
Directed by Jim Field Smith
Rated R, 104 minutes

“She’s Out of My League” had a lot of promise with its funny cast, including Jay Baruchel (“Knocked Up,” “Undeclared”) and T.J. Miller (who was hilarious in the awful TV show “Carpoolers” as Marmaduke), but somewhere along the way it changed from a really funny comedy to an average one. Kirk (Baruchel) meets a hot girl named Molly (the extremely sexy Alice Eve) who is more than he can handle. His friends (including Miller, Mike Vogal and Nate Torrence) try to convince him to stay away, but Kirk won’t listen and hilarity ensues including a premature, mood-killing run-in with a dog and some uncomfortable manscaping between pals. “She’s Out of My League” has a few sweet moments, and thanks to scene-stealer Kyle Bornheimer (Kirk’s brother Dylan), the laughs were aplenty. But ultimately the film felt more like “Knocked Up Light” than something new and fresh. CV


‘Knocked Up’
Directed by Judd Apatow
2007, Rated R, 129 minutes

The story of director Judd Apatow’s “Knocked Up” is pretty simple — continually stoned man-child Ben (Seth Rogan) meets up-and-coming news anchor Alison (Katherine Heigl) at a night club and even though Alison is out of Ben’s league, the two make a drunken mistake and then baby makes three. But what takes this film to great heights are how funny and the real the situations are and how these two polar opposites try and make things work. Alison is easily swayed by her sister, Debbie (Leslie Mann, Apatow’s wife), who has two kids and is married to Pete (Paul Rudd), while Ben is surrounded by pothead roommates (including Jason Segel, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel and Martin Starr) who are trying to start a naked celebrity website. “Knocked Up” offers the perfect balance of sweet, romantic moments and laugh-out-loud humor, which is tough to find in Hollywood these days. CV

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