Review: Long Shot (2019)
Fred Flarsky is a gifted and free-spirited journalist who has a knack for getting into trouble. Charlotte Field is one of the most influential women in the world -- a smart, sophisticated and accomplished politician. When Fred unexpectedly runs into Charlotte, he soon realizes that she was his former baby sitter and childhood crush. When Charlotte decides to make a run for the presidency, she impulsively hires Fred as her speechwriter -- much to the dismay of her trusted advisers.
Long Shot is a surprisingly entertaining romantic comedy. Charlize Theron and Seth Rogan are the odd couple romance that I never knew I needed. I walked into this film thinking it would be a raunchy stoner comedy but it turned out to be a surprisingly thoughtful and heartwarming film. With its unique balance of humor and odd couple love story, it really reminded me a lot of Notting Hill. There are a few small light-hearted political jabs and references strewn about throughout the film but its not at all distracting. Seeing Charlize Theron's Charlotte let loose and finding a way to rediscover herself through her childhood acquaintance Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogan) was enjoyable and seeing an unlikely romance bud organically from that association was incredibly hilarious and rewarding. This film is one of the best romantic comedies that I've seen in a while an I highly recommend it.
Directed by: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Andy Serkis, June Diane Raphael, Bob Odenkirk, Alexander Skarsgård
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong sexual content, language throughout and some drug use
Runtime: 125 min