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Long Shot

Published September 13, 2019

Long Shot

Film info

  • Title Long Shot
  • Director Jonathan Levine
  • Year 2019
  • Run time 2hrs 4m
  • Genres Romance, Comedy
  • Tagline Unlikely but not impossible

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... well, mostly everything. The two have nothing in common, except 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 unmistakeable chemistry leads to a round-the-world romance and a series of unexpected and dangerous incidents.

Live blog

TimeComment
3:03It doesn’t look like the most sanitary of environments to get a tattoo whatever it is of.
6:11She slept on the bathroom floor! Note to self: don’t run baths when exhausted.
7:53More prestigious than the president.
9:47The trouble is, it’s a comedy but it could be so true.
11:26“That level of elbow movement… well, it stresses people out.”
13:55The speech in the newspaper office, that is so Mr C. Principles that spite only yourself.
16:20“People love pandas and shit.”
18:50Actual Boyz II Men tho.
28:48Those headlines! That is what Sidepodcast would be like if I wasn’t involved.
31:04I want an inspo mini Ice Cube in my life.
34:05I’m not on board with the Jennifer Aniston burn.
37:35Micro-napping? No thank you.
43:11“Calm the smurf down.”
46:58“I don’t know sports, let me try it with food.”
54:05Her reaction to movies is adorable!
1:11:38Ooh, it is a good song. IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE…
1:13:59Double walk of shame!
1:16:04The word ‘optics’ is just so dangerous.
1:21:51She foreshadowed this. Totally.
1:34:58I love how he backs down on all equality things. He gets it!
1:42:19Why are oysters an aphrodisiac, they’re disgusting.
1:46:58That sign says come on field da noize. Love it.
1:49:34Mic drop!

Thoughts

I loved this so much. Wasn’t expecting to, because whilst I like Charlize a lot, I’m not so keen on Seth Rogen. Here, though, he seems to have grown up a little bit - just enough to make this a hilarious and moving movie, but not so much that he loses his humour.

I was laughing almost from the beginning and throughout the whole thing, it was quirky and funny but had a lot of heart. There were some deep subjects beneath it about politics and family and difficult choices and “optics”, and I loved how it approached sexism and racism with frank openness.

Both lead characters were great and their chemistry surprising but undeniable, and the supporting cast were strong too which made for a really great watch. I did think the happy ending was pretty unlikely, but it wrapped up the movie nicely so no complaints.

Rating: 5 / 5

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