DIRECTOR: Jonathan Levine (snatched, warm bodies)
STARRING: charlize theron, seth rogen, June Diane Raphael, and O'Shea Jackson Jr.
REVIEWER: jessy kerrigan morley
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.
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 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 humour 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 glamorous 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.
I went into the movie with pretty low knowledge of it and thus low expectations of it. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I actually enjoyed it; it has all the humour you’d expect from a Seth Rogan movie (albeit a little crude at times) paired with a very unlikely romance.
Long Shot doesn’t shy away from the politics as Fred has deep convictions on what he believes to be right which puts him at odds with Charlotte who is quite pragmatic in her approach. Instead, her goal is to get to the top where she can actually make a difference making compromises in her convictions along the way to achieve that. Fred challenges her every step, to really consider what she truly cares about and if it’s worth it if she becomes a different person just to get there.
The supporting cast also has great chemistry Maggie (June Diane Raphael) and Tom (Ravi Patel) who are Charlottes political consultants have a fun time either messing with or making snarky comments about Fred, who also has his fair share of comments and insults to throw back at them. O’Shea Jackson Jr. plays Fred's laid back, successful friend Lance and all the scenes with him are incredibly fun as he helps Fred ground himself and see things from a different perspective.
Long Shot is a great, easy going political rom com that will have you uncontrollably laughing out loud throughout.