Niche on Netflix: ‘Out of My League’ is guilty foreign fun

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Welcome to a jaunt into the depths of the gnarled and infamous world of Netflix, Inc. Home to the most random assortment of Oscar nominees, romantic comedies and mock documentaries, with delightfully niche genres like 20th Century Period Pieces for Hopeless Romantics, Dark Suspenseful Viral Plague Films, and (oh my god) Depression Era Movies for ages 8-10, this can be a frustrating cornucopia to analyze on a Lazy Tuesday.

Imagine it now: you have settled into your little corner of the couch with friends hoping to have a worldview illuminated by an underrated gem, but you end up cringing through “Kissing Booth 3 “, because Netflix wouldn’t stop yelling at you to click on the trailer, and” there was nothing better. “

Now, I can’t promise I’ll be able to mine a movie’s rarest gem every week, but I hope this review can help prevent those kind of nights!

Finally, I’m always on the lookout for recommendations – if you have an underrated suggestion that you’re dying to share, email me at arts ‘at’ stanforddaily.com!

“Out of my league” (2021)

First of all let me take you to an idyllic town in Italy for a cheesy yet enjoyable romantic comedy perfect for guilty pleasure that you can say is a foreign movie or proof that mutual love exists. .

“Out of My League” centers on an eccentric girl who happens to be an orphan with a serious genetic disease. She prefers not to insist on the latter. Sadly, unlike Hazel Grace Lancaster, she’s not the “total babe” brunette bombshell as she describes herself. Marta is skinny and pale and sports a scruffy bowl cut with misshapen bangs. While battling a chronic illness, Marta harnesses an attractive voice to work as an aerial announcer in a grocery store. In her spare time, Marta enjoys being rejected by handsome men on Tinder. Yes, that’s right – as Marta best puts it, you better have high standards and be rejected, so that you can at least preserve your dignity.

One evening, in a bar with her only two friends, Marta sees Arturo Selva, a handsome attractive kid whose attraction was certainly not due to the tuxedo effect. In the blink of an eye, she stole her acquaintance’s phone, added herself to all of her social networks, and found her home address. She trains her two best friends to track him down at his rowing club and jogging course, believing Arturo is unaware and is content to admire him from a distance.

Not only does Arturo notice her, but he also makes fun of her during a chance encounter and only agrees to date her out of charity. A horrible first date (have you ever been surprised by your SO’s family?) Turns into an unlikely romance; a swirling chemistry montage follows.

There are constant pressures in the relationship: the disapproving, wealthy classic family, Arturo’s refusal to stand up to them and, not to mention, Marta’s inability to breathe the dust without having a deadly coughing fit. However, one has to applaud the unlikely, natural and almost sickening development of cuteness between the gawky Marta and the handsome Arturo.

Although it is a romantic comedy, this film focuses on more than a flashy plot and a feast for the eyes. What makes Marta realistic and multidimensional is that despite the grim circumstances of her sick and conventionally unattractive young adult life, she is still a superficial fangirl. She, like many of us, has yet to find the meaning of life. She too commits the most sinister and selfish deeds and transcends the common archetype of the “chronically ill baby”.

There is also a healthy relationship between Marta and her two best friends, who are equally bizarre human beings struggling with their own curious difficulties while constantly trying to make sense of Marta.

The supreme flaw of this film, however, is the motivation behind Marta’s attraction to Arturo. It’s understandable why she became obsessive at first glance, but we never see an emotional development in their relationship beyond a slight fold in Arturo’s family dependent armor. He’s simply a pious stallion whose main unexpected moments are being a little spiritual and loving him back. This superficiality problem doesn’t detract from a still pleasurable viewing experience, but it stays deep in the mind.

We still support Marta. She exudes an aura of self-awareness – she accepts her place in society, but does some ridiculous, almost unbelievable acts that we as an audience wish we had the courage to do. The portrayal of nerdy girl meets romance of a hot guy deliberately deviates from the norm due to their ever-changing dynamics. The recipe might require a cute encounter with a cliché edit and a slight bump in the road happily shot forever, but most movies don’t go beyond that. Ultimately, the protagonists of “Out of My League”, while remaining relatively stagnant, are more dynamic than the norm for a rom-com. Marta truly changes Arturo by helping him to pursue his individualism. In return, Arturo doesn’t abandon Marta in times of crisis and helps her solve her abandonment issues, which she is used to dealing with by shrugging her shoulders and walking away from people for her own protection. .

You don’t need to use too many brain cells to process this movie, even when multitasking to play the subtitles. On the contrary, Italian flows from the tip of the tongue like molasses. And hey, you can always tell people you’ve watched at least one foreign movie with subtitles.

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