What are the chances that a nerdy, opinionated journalist reconnects with his childhood crush who is now a high-profile politician and they fall in love? It is a “Long Shot.”
That is the summary of this aptly titled romantic-comedy starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron.
Theron plays Charlotte Field the U.S Secretary of State who is also eyeing the presidency and Rogen is Fred Flarsky a Jewish investigative journalists. The movie “Long Short” has some typical romcom cliches. And a lucky coincidence used to advance the story. However, they are excusable because Dan Sterling and Liz Hannah’s screenplay allow the audience enjoy the relationship between Fred and Charlotte develop.
Although Flarsky had had a crush on Charlotte Field (Theron) since his childhood, he did not jump at the opportunity to be close to her. Flarsky stays true to his character by upholding his journalistic standards even after accepting the job as Field’s speechwriter. He also shows his disapproval when she makes a u-turn on her policy decision.
As for Charlotte, she is as real as they come. She did not hold back the laughter when Fred showed up in that hideous suit. Her reaction was all too natural. It was absolutely delightful too see that she did not let the public persona get in her way.
As such the audience is able to enjoy the relationship between Fred and Charlotte develop. And it’s very enjoyable.
Flarky’s other relationship is also one to reckon with. O’Shea Jackson Jr. plays Lance. Lance and Fred have a really great friendship despite different financial standings, political and religious leanings. Lanre would play a very significant role in bringing Fred and Charlotte together. He is Fred’s biggest cheerleader. We all need a Lance in our lives. We especially appreciated Lance in the end when Charlotte’s team joined in the photo-op but he stayed in the crowd. He didn’t share the limelight. That is rare.
The soundtrack for “Long Shot” is beautiful as the relationships. If you love ’90s music, you’re in for a treat with a special appearance from a big 90’s boy band. The movie “Long Shot” makes references to the classic romcom “Pretty Woman.” But just like “Pretty Woman,” “Long Shot” is another romcom we will also be talking about in years to come.
Directed by: Jonathan Levine
Cast includes: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Andy Serkis, June Diane Raphael and Bob Odenkirk