Still Out of My League 2021 Movie Review Poster Trailer Online
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a year since Marta (Ludovica Francesconi) fell hard and fast for the dreamy Arturo (Giuseppe Maggio). She’s since ended things, though, as she realized they were just too different. Marta is now seeing Gabriele (Giancarlo Commare), a sweet artist who thinks the world of her. She likes to give him a hard time, and they have a lot of fun together, even if she still thinks of Arturo from time to time. Meanwhile, Marta’s roommates and BFFs, Federica (Gaja Masciale) and Jacopo (Jozef Gjura) embark on their own journeys; Federica starts a fancy (if shady) new job and finds herself the target of mean girls, while Jacopo searches for a worthy romantic partner.
Things are going well, with the exception of the occasional health hiccup – Marta still needs a lung transplant – when Gabriele gets the opportunity to go to Paris. Marta pushes him to go, and the two of them begin a long distance relationship, a choice that proves much more difficult than either of them anticipated. As Marta and Gabriele face reality and wonder what the future holds, she also prepares for what life might look like without cystic fibrosis dictating her every move. The story stops just as it gets going, too – just as Marta heads into surgery, we’re hit with a ‘to be continued’ card. Only time will reveal the fate of our leading lady, her love, and everyone else.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the first film in the series, so perhaps I’m biased, but Still Out of My League is a bit of a bummer. Not necessarily because of its content, but because it squanders such a delightful young cast. The film leans hard into the same beats as its predecessor to create drama (the ups and downs of Marta’s illness, etc.) and doesn’t seem interested in doing anything particularly fresh, despite the fact that there’s a real chance here to shake things up and make it remotely memorable. Still Out of My League is extremely predictable and repetitive, eliminating any real stakes because we can guess where things are going. The film also clocks in at just under 2 hours, dragging scenes out much longer than they should go on, and filling up minutes with unnecessary eye candy.
While Still Out of My League is indeed a treat for the eyes – the use of light and the art direction are just as lovely as they were the first time around – all the vibrant aesthetics in the world can’t make up for a deeply lackluster script. There are certainly some moments of growth for our characters (Marta’s roommates and BFFs in particular get some nice scenes, even if they feel thematically out of place at times) but in the end, we’re back in a predictable emotional position. Based on the closing title card, too, we’ll be seeing a third installment of the Out of My League series. If it’s more of the same, I’m not so sure what the point is.