People judge other people by their jobs, their looks, their cars, their social standing. But personality, character and humor should count, too.
That's the rather simple, sophomoric message of "She's Out of My League," a slight but somewhat amusing romantic comedy about a geek who inexplicably becomes the love interest of a woman who's a "hard 10."
Jay Baruchel plays the affable Kirk, who's at best "a 5," his friends say, referring to their own 10-point scale for rating people. He works at the Pittsburgh airport for the Transportation Security Administration, where he suffers through the petty power displays of his mediocre bosses and the everyday rejections of his condescending former girlfriend, Marnie (Lindsay Sloane).
One day, he is schlepping at airport security when Molly (Alice Eve) strolls toward his checkpoint, inadvertently reducing every male in her path to a slobbering puppy with her beauty.
Realizing that he's way out of her league, Kirk tries to play it cool and keep his boss from unnecessarily performing a frisk. And then Kirk realizes that Molly has left her cell phone behind.
Thus begins an awkward romance that no one, especially Kirk's friends, can believe is actually happening.
As Kirk, Baruchel oozes humility and niceness. But it's clear that he has little to no experience in love. So when Molly hops on his lap during a date, he gets a bit too excited, and his crotch starts attracting the attention of Molly's dog.
If that sounds crude to you, then you might be put off by some of the humor that follows, especially a scene where Kirk decides to shave his privates and ends up enlisting the help of a male friend.
Molly, meanwhile, begins to realize that her former boyfriend, who has great looks and a dashing pilot's job, lacks some of Kirk's best qualities — namely, his self-deprecating humor.
But Kirk, who's an awkward moment waiting to happen, keeps driving her away.
Will Kirk get Molly? Will he be able to win over her disapproving parents? And will he be able to escape his own family, who thinks the high life is a weekend trip to Branson, Mo.?
Director Jim Field Smith makes his feature film directorial debut with "She's Out of My League." He has a knack for capturing physical humor, but he stoops to conquer.
Rating: R for language, sexuality, crude humor. Running time: 1 hour, 44 minutes. Theaters: Alamo Lake Creek, Alamo Village, Barton Creek, Cinemark Cedar Park, Cinemark Galleria, Cinemark Round Rock, Cinemark Southpark Meadows, Gateway, Highland, Lakeline, Metropolitan, Starplex, Tinseltown Pflugerville, Westgate.