Updated: Oct 20, 2021
By: GAELLE PETIT HOMME / STAFF WRITER
For fans of movies like Me Before You, The Fault In Our Stars and Five feet Apart, this Netflix original Italian Rom-Com could be the next movie that sends you on a rollercoaster of emotions.
The movie is centered around Marta, a young Italian girl who has Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a genetic disease that causes lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. There is no cure for this condition, but there is a range of treatments that make this disease easier to live with. Despite these treatments, most people with CF barely live to 50 years of age. Knowing this much about her condition sets Marta on a journey to make the most out of the time she has left.
With nothing else to look forward to Martha decides to look for love, pursuing the dreamy Arturo, a guy who is way out of league. She goes to extreme lengths to get to know more about him including spying on him. Not long after Marta begins following Arturo, he catches her, leading to him asking her on a date, on the condition that if they do not “click,” she will leave him alone. Thus begins a journey of love where the two of them find themselves unexpectedly falling for one another and dealing with the increasing severity of Marta’s disease.
This movie manages to capture what I think most movies about terminal disease fail to capture, the person. Out Of My League shows its audience that while a disease is a big part of someone’s life, there is so much more to them than just being sick. In most romantic tear-jerkers the main character may get sick, fall in love and die, followed by heartfelt letters and funerals to make you cry. Out Of My League instead centers around the essence of life — Marta’s desire to live and the price she’s willing to pay for love.
While I loved the portrayal of the main character, by the end of the movie, this rom-com began to resemble more of a fairytale, which can be both good and bad depending on your approach. Regardless of whether some may think it is cheesy, I can assure you this 90-minute feature, accessorized with a pop English-Italian soundtrack will give you the sobbing warmth and romance you crave.