soooooo...do you believe in life imitating art...?
Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve, T.J. Miller, Mike Vogel, Nate Torrence, Krysten Ritter
Kirk: No no no…she’s not into me. There are very few things in life that I am absolutely certain of…um, this chick does not like me.
Devon: Don’t be such a Lay Down Larry.
Kirk: I’m not being a-…Lay Down Larry?? It’s just like me saying I’ll never go to the moon, and I’m alright with that too.
Stainer: You don’t want to go to the moon? Bulls***!
Kirk: No, I’m saying I never WILL go to the moon, and that’s fine because I never expected to.
Devon: You don’t know that…technology and stuff…you just might go to the moon.
Stainer: He’s right.
A geeky guy, Kirk (Baruchel), meets a beautiful girl, Molly (Eve), who seems to really like him, but Kirk can’t accept that a girl like her would like a guy like him.
Well, this one isn’t going to win any points for originality, but fortunately it has a fair amount of laughs and some generally likable characters that drag it up just above mediocrity. Though, it almost undermines its entire premise in the first 10 minutes by having our geeky hero’s ex-girlfriend played by a rather attractive actress as well. Sure, she’s annoying, but why is this guy so lacking in confidence if he’s already dated an attractive girl in the past?
Jay Baruchel (I guess Eisenberg and Cera were both busy) seems to be channeling Christian Slater, specifically J.D. from Heathers, at times, but otherwise he comes off as a mostly likable guy that you can root for. Alice Eve fairs well too, as a pleasantly normal female lead in a romantic comedy. Usually they’re much more neurotic, clumsy, and needy. She seems like a nice, grounded, intelligent person, at least compared to what we often get in a movie like this.
The comedy is up and down, but I laughed enough. I have a feeling some people might get annoyed by T.J. Miller (you may remember him as the voice behind the camera in Cloverfield), but I thought he was funny. In fact, Kirk’s collection of friends, overall, was much less annoying than the usual group you’d see advising the hero in the ways of women. They didn’t score a huge amount of laughs, outside of Miller, but at least they were tolerable.
The movie veers into “gross out” territory a couple times, and though it doesn’t entirely miss the mark with those scenes, they felt a little unnecessary. I thought the movie could have survived just fine without at least one of them (the shaving scene), but I’m probably pretty alone in that opinion.
So yeah, nothing amazing here, but at least it’s better than some of the other awful comedies from recent years. Does it use just about every modern comedy cliche? Yes. Is there too much contrived drama at the end? Absolutely. Does it bring much of anything new to the table? Not really. Did I laugh enough to recommend it? Just barely.
Movies are nothing like real life…
10 – 1.5 for not even trying to be original – 1 for some very contrived drama and problems at the end – 1 for some failed comedy attempts = 6.5