Long Shot stars Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron as a down on his luck journalist named Fred Flarsky and Charlotte Field, the Secretary of State. They used to know each other and bump into each other unexpectedly at an event. The Secretary launches a environmental campaign around the world and hires Rogen’s character to write her speeches. They quickly becomes friends and something more starts to happen, but can this unlikely couple make things work?
Long Shot pleasantly surprised me, Seth Rogen comedies are about 50/50 for me, but this is definitely one of his better ones. I did laugh pretty consistently throughout the film, but there were a few jokes that didn’t land with me. This film is weirdly over the top but also a bit plausible in today’s political landscape.
There are a good number of stars in the film, Alexander Skaarsgard stars as a riff of Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister. Bob Odenkirk also stars as the President who was once an actor. However, Charlize Theron shines in this role and it’s nice to see her do a comedy because I haven’t really seen her in them before. Both Theron and Rogen have great chemistry together, they were both charming and made a great and believable couple. Though there are many jokes about Theron being out of Rogen’s league.
I have only seen Warm Bodies from the director Jonathan Levine who also directed 50/50 and The Night Before, but Long Shot got me curious to see those two films and I’m excited to see what the future holds for Levine since Long Shot is a great studio comedy, and we haven’t really had enough of those recently.
This movie is fun and was a total blast to see at its premiere at SXSW because of the audience response. You could tell that the cast had a great time making the film. I give Long Shot a B+