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Long Shot (2019)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 3 May 2019 (USA)
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When Fred Flarsky reunites with his first crush, one of the most influential women in the world, Charlotte Field, he charms her. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly.

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Jonathan Levine

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Liz Hannah (screenplay), Dan Sterling (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlize Theron ... Charlotte Field
Seth Rogen ... Fred Flarsky
June Diane Raphael ... Maggie Millikin
O'Shea Jackson Jr. ... Lance
Ravi Patel ... Tom
Bob Odenkirk ... President Chambers
Andy Serkis ... Parker Wembley
Randall Park ... Boss
Tristan D. Lalla ... Agent M
Alexander Skarsgård ... Prime Minister James Steward
Aladeen Tawfeek ... Bharath
Nathan Morris Nathan Morris ... Nathan Morris
Wanya Morris ... Wanya Morris
Shawn Stockman ... Shawn Stockman
Isla Dowling Isla Dowling ... Katarina Prudence Wembley
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Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) is a gifted and free-spirited journalist with an affinity for trouble. Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) is one of the most influential women in the world. Smart, sophisticated, and accomplished, she's a powerhouse diplomat with a talent for...well, mostly everything. The two have nothing in common, except that she was his babysitter and childhood crush. When Fred unexpectedly reconnects with Charlotte, he charms her with his self-deprecating humor and his memories of her youthful idealism. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte impulsively hires Fred as her speechwriter, much to the dismay of her trusted advisors. A fish out of water on Charlotte's elite team, Fred is unprepared for her glamourous lifestyle in the limelight. However, sparks fly as their unmistakable chemistry leads to a round-the-world romance and a series of unexpected and dangerous incidents.

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Rated R for strong sexual content, language throughout and some drug use | See all certifications »
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3 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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Montreal, Québec, Canada See more »

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It's a "Long Shot" but here goes...
19 April 2019 | by FinesseMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

Fred (Seth Rogen) is a passionate journalist who also has a witty sense of humour. Fred decides to quit his job and his best friend takes him out to an exclusive event in hopes it will help cheer him up. At this event Fred is reunited with the stunning Charlotte (Charlize Theron) who is currently running to be the next president.

Fred and Charlotte really have nothing in common other than that Charlotte used to babysit Fred when he was a little boy. This means he naturally has an embarrassing past with her. Fred is soon hired to work on Charlotte's speeches and the two develop a new close (and yet humorous) romantic relationship.

The chemistry between our two leads is fun. Actor Seth Rogen delivers yet again the same type of character we have seen before. You know what I mean- the witty yelling, drug references and crude sense of the humour. But to find Charlize Theron on screen in this type of loose comedy genre was really great to see. Naturally the two actors are stronger when they are both on screen together. Take Seth Rogen away from Charlize Theron and our scenes become less exciting (and vice versa).

As a plot, sadly nothing is really new. A boy falls in love with the beautiful girl who seems out of reach. Needless to say, even when I knew what expect from this film going into the cinema, I can't deny that I still found myself having a few laughs. A part of me wishes that this film was a little more different than the normal crude type of humour that Seth Rogan is always well known for or maybe I'm being just too picky. I would love to see something different from him in films one day,

Other side characters also manage to do well here and huge credit must go out to the actor Andy Serkis who I didn't even recognise until the 3rd act (well played good sir!).

As far as pace, the start feels snappy and moves along with the right feel, but this all slows right down when our two leads are not in the same room. I will also state the film's 3rd act and final climax goes on way too long and seriously deserved some attention in the editing room floor.

Overall, I feel most Seth Rogan fans will know what to expect here: crude and yet witty humour, this time shared with a stunning Academy Award winning actress, Charlize Theron. The two have great chemistry but the film suffers whenever they are away from each other. The film's pacing, particularly the 3rd and final act, drags on far too long. Otherwise, as a film there isn't much here that is new for viewers.

6.1/10

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