Movie Review: Long Shot

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There’s not much to see at the cinema in SA these days. We got so desperate with #englishrosiee that we went to see “The Bookshop“, which turned out to be terrible. Then a new movie called “Long Shot” premiered and I dragged my husband (yes, I had to drag him, it’s a rom-com!) to see it with me on a Friday night. Our expectations were low but the movie turned out to be really entertaining.

It’s certainly not the first time someone puts Seth Rogen with a very pretty lady to create an unlikely match on screen (remember Knocked Up with Katherine Heigl?). This time the pretty lady isn’t someone whom he impregnates during a one night stand but the US Secretary of State, Charlotte, played by Charlize Theron. Rogen’s character, Fred is a non-conforming journalist who says it as it is.
The two unlikely allies meet (again) during a party. As it turns out Charlotte used to be Fred’s babysitter and he had a major crush on her. Where will their reunion lead? You’ll have to use your knowledge of rom-coms to guess or just watch the movie. I recommend the latter.

“Long Shot” is super funny. Even though it operates within the framework of a romantic comedy, it manages to somewhat surprise the audience. The premise is different enough with the successful, rich and powerful character being a woman. In a way the gender stereotypes here are reversed just like in “Notting Hill”. It’s much funnier than the British movie, though. I honestly don’t remember last time I laughed so much in the cinema.
Oh wait, no, I do remember. It was when I watched The Big Sick that similarly like this movie kept surprising me with humor in the unexpected places. “Long Shot” is pretty un-PC and I love that. Perhaps surprisingly for a Seth Rogen comedy it’s also mostly not gross… but when it is gross, it’s pretty damn gross.

When it comes to acting you’re also up for a feast. Theron and Rogen are cute together and seem to have a genuine chemistry on screen. The Secretary of State’s assistants played by June Diane Raphael (Brianna from Grace and Frankie) and Ravi Patel (himself from Master of None) are hilarious. Last but not least, we have Alexander Skarsgard who for once isn’t absolutely charming.

Any criticism? It’s a rom-com with many of its typical disadvantages. Everyone likes to keep their fingers crossed for the underdog but watching a movie like this is like watching Cinderella again, even if Prince Charming is played by Charlize Theron. Of course, the movie is nowhere close to reality.
The vision of the world of politics in “Long Shot” is extremely simplistic and the suggested solutions for its problems child-like. It’s funny to watch but it’s also a bit offensive to your brain.

If you want to have a good laugh and you can stomach something that’s very obviously a kind of a fairy tale the head to the cinema to watch “Long Shot”. Afterwards let me know what you think. If you don’t like it, I’ll give you your money back NOT.

Have you seen the movie yet? Are you going to? Do you think that men are scared of powerful women or is it just a stereotype? Tell me, tell me!

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4 comments

  1. Firstly, do not diss Notting Hill. It’s a bloody classic. Spike is freaking legend!!

    I may, or may not watch this in the cinema. I need to stay loyal to people and watch that new Judy Dench spy movie but maybe after that if I have time, I’ll try this. It sounds pretty good, except for the fact you’ve insulted Notting Hill.

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