Review: Long Shot

Long Shot is one of those special films that makes a social or political statement in a delightfully charming and humorous way. Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen are perfectly cast as two characters who learn through each other to step outside of their comfort zones. With an all-star cast delivering a captivating performance full of romance, drama and admittedly vulgar comedy, this movie truly has something for everyone.

Charlotte Field (Theron) is one of the most powerful and desirable women in the world. Fred Flarsky (Rogen) is a free spirited journalist who had a crush on Charlotte when they were kids. Fate reunites them years later at a fundraiser. Charlotte is Secretary of State with aspirations of being president and Fred is an idealistic risk-taker who just quit his job out of personal conviction. Charmed and impressed by him, Charlotte hires Fred to be her speechwriter as she prepares her presidential campaign. The two seem like they could never make it as a couple as she walks a tightrope through the corridors of power while he is a proud troublemaker who quits his job because his publication was bought out by a conservative media mogul, but the impossible very comfortably becomes possible as the two blaze the campaign trail. As Fred tries to fit into Charlotte’s world of power and prestige, he helps her rediscover the idealistic and fun-loving person she was in her youth.

Theron and Rogen are really ideal for these roles. In the beginning, Rogen is the scruffy looking jokester and Theron is the steely, sultry, standoffish femme fatale. These are roles audiences are well accustomed to seeing them in. As the story progresses, both of their characters start to shed these personas and meet each other in the middle. Theron and Rogen both deliver a heart-warming performance that makes these transitions seem completely natural. Indeed, the allusions to current political and social issues are also embedded into the story with a refreshing degree of subtlety, with the exception perhaps of President Chambers (Bob Odenkirk) declining to campaign for reelection out of a desire to return to television stardom. However apparent the socio-political references in Long Shot, they take a back seat to Theron and Rogen’s enchanting performances.

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