We give the new release She's Out of My League 5/10. One point for the ridiculously cute but acting-challenged Alice Eve, and the remaining four to stand-up comedian and actor T.J. Miller, who manages to steal every scene. This guy has breakout star written all over him.
If Jay Baruchel can land a leading role in a studio picture, a real talent like Miller is long overdue. In the meantime, we'll have to make due with seeing him in smaller roles — Get Him to the Greek (June 4, 2010), Unstoppable (November 12, 2010), and Gulliver's Travels (December 22, 2010). Posted 03.12.10 by reelz
Much like Green Zone, the reviews for this weekend's nerd fantasy comedy She's Out of My League are all over the map.
"...that rare modern screen comedy that is better than the trailers make it appear. What threatened to be yet another routine exercise in raunchiness instead turns out to be a sweet, charming, hilariously funny love story that could emerge as a sleeper hit. "
— Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"...sort of a good comedy..."
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"I laughed here and there, but I sort of hated everything it had to say about nerds and babes and the sliding scale of self-image."
— Michael Phillips, Chiago Tribune
"...eager to be a latter-day Woody Allen/Revenge of the Nerds fairy tale of hormonal wish fulfillment, in which a "funny" guy with quick-witted neurotic charm triumphs over the fact that he doesn't look like a stud-muffin."
— Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"...an uninspired romantic comedy/male self-esteem pep-talk that seems to be yearning for viewer affection despite its all-around mediocrity."
— Matthew Connolly, Slant Magazine
"Crushing its one germ of a good idea under a heap of teen-comedy conventions, She's Out of My League supposes that if a quasi-normal guy actually won the girl of his dreams, his own insecurities would scuttle the deal."
— John Anderson, Variety Posted 03.11.10 by reelz
Ah, the Nerd Fantasy. In case you're not familiar with this genre, it involves a.) a nerd, b.) a fantasy that can be fulfilled only in the movies, almost always involving c.) the nerd scoring some babe way out of his league. The latest offering in this well-populated oeuvre is due out next week (aptly titled She's Out of My League).
Wanting to quantify this phenomenon, ReelzChannel has partnered with noted mathematician Frederick "Huntz" Weinkauf to create the Nerd Fantasy Formula, a complex algorithm taking into account the Nerd's Looks, the Babe's Looks, and the Believability Index. We fed the data into our computers and here's what came out: The Weird Science of Nerd Fantasy Movies. Posted 03.03.10 by reelz