Long Shot

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Unlikely but not impossible.

Rom-com sees Seth Rogen as an unemployed journalist who finds himself unexpectedly working for his old babysitter (Charlize Theron), now US Secretary of State, and falling for her in the process. Jonathan Levine (The Wackness, The Night Before) directs.

When investigative journalist Fred Flarsky (Rogen) is laid off, his best friend Lance (O'Shea Jackson Jr., Straight Outta Compton) sets out to cheer him up by taking him out to get wasted at a charity event. There he runs into Secretary of State Charlotte Field (Theron), and makes a jackass of himself. Then again, he also makes an impression, and soon Flarsky is travelling the world with Field as her speechwriter. As the pair begin to get to know each other better, the first signs of romance flourish, but with Flarsky way out of his league, and Field harbouring presidential ambitions, the odds are against them.

Forget Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron being an unlikely romantic pairing in Long Shot—the thing I really did not see coming was that I would love the absolute hell out of this rom-com. Utterly unrelated to that previous sentence, for the love of God can cinemas please do something about the dust that got in my eyes (surely the only conceivable explanation for watery eyeballs each of the times I saw Long Shot, which in a weird double coincidence seemed to happen during specific scenes of swelling emotion).

If, hypothetically of course, the above reaction was due to the film, it’s a testament to the leads’ much-mentioned incredible chemistry, and director Jonathan Levine’s handle on the film’s tone. Levine (The Night Before) constructs a world where their pairing is plausible—just. It’s a world in which Fred Flarsky (Rogen) experiences two death-defying falls, which in Bad Neighbours air-bag fashion, would kill or maim an actual, living, human being. They play to big laughs and winces here, not just among the audience but also from his future boss/flame Secretary of State Charlotte Field (Theron). It’s also a world where stolen private moments, jokes, and a love for Boyz II Men and Roxette can prove potent precursors to romance.

Prior to matters of the heart taking sway, Long Shot delights in establishing com before getting to the rom, frequently proving outrageously funny (I can’t remember the last time I cracked up so much watching a film). There’s a pinch of physical comedy here, R-rated gags there, great interplay between the leads and supporting cast, and a ton of sharp satirical observations about politics, the media, and the absurdly restrictive double standards applied to women’s behaviour—particularly in public life.

While it can often enjoy being a bit silly, it’s also great to see Long Shot be unapologetic about recreational drug use (yes, Seth Rogen smokes weed in it, but doesn’t over-rely on a stoner persona), as well as being unashamed about female sexuality in a moment where Theron takes Rogen (and the audience) momentarily aback with her forthrightness, a precursor of anti-slut-shaming to come.

Superb supporting cast members include O’Shea Jackson Jr., June Diane Raphael, Alexander Skarsgård (playing an almost disgustingly dorky ‘hunky’ Canadian PM), TV-star-President Bob Odenkirk and—hang on—Andy Serkis, whose performances assist the leads in justifying a two-hour runtime.

But really, it’s all about putting Rogen and Theron on screen together. They’re funny as all hell, sell the unlikely sizzle, and elevate what could so easily have been a rom-com by numbers if everyone involved wasn’t so invested in knocking this out of the park.

Hollywood Reporter

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Very funny whatever you think of its more old-fashioned notions, the picture will charm many viewers who can set implausibility aside for a while; it's certainly the most commercial film yet by The Wackness director Levine.

The Guardian

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Long Shot is a hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy that will have audiences howling in shock and awwww.

Variety (USA)

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More creepy than romantic, more chauvinist than empowered - and in all fairness, funnier and more entertaining than any comedy in months...

NZ Herald (Dominic Corry)

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Romance aside, this is a comedy first and foremost, and an extremely appealing one at that. It's Rogen's funniest film since This Is The End, and Theron proves herself a very game partner-in-comedy.

Newshub

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It's a refreshing and dare I say it potentially a timely prick to many an undiagnosed bias.

Stuff.co.nz (James Croot)

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A razor-sharp political satire and the best rom-com since 2017's The Big Sick, Long Shot is also a love letter to the early 1990s.

TimeOut (New York)

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Eventually, a phoniness takes root in the script (credited to Dan Sterling and The Post's Liz Hannah), which morphs from scoring feminist points against a thinly veiled Fox News to selling out its Charlotte just when she needs her courage the most.

Awful

Went to see it on the strength of the reviews only to find myself completely underwhelmed, nay bored. Charlize Theron is stunning though, it must be said.

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Great Laugh

Not what I was expecting, I loved it!! Great movie.


Turned out to be a winner

I wasn't sure what to expect from the movie. I like Seth Rogen but wasn't expecting to love this movie. The movie starts off with an unlikely combination of an idealistic journalist who looks like he still lives in his parents basement (he doesn't) and his former babysitter whom he had a crush on who's now running for the Presidency. The stars are aligned and perhaps the crush may have not been a one-way thing, leading to the now unemployed journalist working for his former crush as her speechwriter to inject humour into speeches.

As they travel the world armed with the presidential runner's greenie idealism that she's nurtured from childhood, love blossoms. I'll leave it at that. There are many funny and endearing scenes throughout the movie. More so through the middle of the movie. The scenes right at the end don't quite fit with the movie and it's like Seth Rogen is just poking fun at us. The supporting cast play their part in making this an endearing movie. There are some serious bits, but overall you'll enjoy it as a lighthearted loveable movie with loveable characters.


Best in a long time!

Not normally one for 'Rom-Coms' this blew me away! Funny! Good plot! Great actors & Actresses. Thoroughly recommended!


Oh boy!

A really good movie. The actors have great chemistry. Great jokes, a bit of action, lots of fun!


A lot of laughs!

A fun, entertaining and hilarious rom-com. Rogen and Theron are great together, supported by the surprisingly hilarious Alexander Skarsgård, June Diane Raphael, O’Shea Jackson Jr and newcomer Ravi Patel.

Some fantastic topical humour in there, that doesn't shy away from poking fun at the current political situation in the US.

Recommend,


Not your ordinary Rom-Com

Think about "something about Mary" + "The west wing" and you have got "Long Shot"

Its funny with a strong female lead, Seth Rogan never fails to delivery of course, and he is up to his usual self and jokes.

Great feel good movie with a few hilarious bits in between

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long shot -laugh out loud

not being a huge fan of rom coms I was pleasantly surprised to find myself laughing out loud througthis movie, seth rogan has some hilarious one liners that make you stay engaged with his character, Charlize theron is stunning as always and adds to rogans humour.it is hard not to draw parallels with our own primeminister with some of the scenes with charlizes character being a political dynamo and rogan a down on his luck journalist mimicking real life events. although fill with some of the normal cliché moments youd expect in a romcom this was a great night out and a good laugh, maybe a little long but very funny.


One of the Funniest Rom-Coms in Years!

A very cute and charming rom-com with a script packed full of laughs and political edge.

Too long, and a wish fulfillment fantasy for sure (with an unnecessary stoner scene as per the norm for Seth Rogen movies) but on the whole, easily the funniest film of 2019 to date and possibly the best American rom-com since The Big Sick.


Much more fun than expected

A very pleasant surprise. As a rom-com, it hits all of the expected notes, but with some nice tweaks - like the midpoint explosion, and the gentle way they handled everything falling apart before getting put back together again. I laughed way harder than I expected to in this film, recommend.