Starring: Ludovica Francesconi, Giuseppe Maggio, Eleonora Gaggero
Director: Alice Filippi
Running Time: 91 mins
Out Of My League (Sul più bello) is an Italian film about a quirky young woman with a genetic defect who suddenly lands a date with an attractive man who she has been stalking.
The kind of movie that seeks to win hearts with a collection of quirky main characters and cutesy comedy, Out Of My League is certainly an offbeat film, but it doesn’t manage to make itself immensely lovable in that regard.
That’s despite a standout lead performance by Ludovica Francesconi, who really does win hearts with a sweet, quirky and still confident and charismatic turn that makes her character by far and away the most interesting of the entire film.
The problem, however, is that there’s not much else to her character beneath the surface, and while Francesconi gives her all to be lovable, the lack of genuine emotional depth behind her and her romantic relationships means that you never get the chance to connect with or care for her particularly deeply.
As a result, Out Of My League never really gets off the ground when it comes to telling a touchingly offbeat romantic story, and instead proves a frustratingly muddled blend between romance and quirky comedy, neither of which it delivers particularly well.
The exception to that is a handful of scenes in which Francesconi’s charisma really takes hold, as well as the bizarre relationship between her friends in the opening act, but apart from that, Out Of My League isn’t exactly the funniest or most interesting movie you’ll ever see. So, that’s why I’m giving it a 7.1 overall.