Long Shot (15)

What if you could get everything you ever wanted, but had to sacrifice your morals as a result? Would you take that chance?

Long Shot tells the tale of Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen), an outspoken journalist whose antics have earned him a reputation as a force to be reckoned with.

When his latest stunt leaves Fred unemployed his best friend takes his out for a night he will never forget. Little does he know that everything in his life is about to change, and not necessarily for the better.

A chance encounter with is ex-babysitter (and childhood crush), now Secretary of State, Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) lands him a job as one of her speech writers for her Presidental campaign. She oozes charm, but lacks humour while Fred is the polar opposite.

The two childhood friends embark on their mission to inject some much-needed spark into the Secretary’s speeches. What could possibly go wrong? Her advisers aren’t keen on Fred, he isn’t exactly the normal Capitol Hill type. But with each knockback, much like a phoenix, he re-emerges stronger, and wittier than before.

His secret? Spending hours of the day with the Secretary has given him a direct line to her personality and what makes her tick. Finally the public can see the real Charlotte Field. Only time will tell whether that’s a good thing or not.

The longer Fred works with the Secretary, the more he falls for her. But that dream could never come true right?

Long Shot isn’t your usual Rogen stoner movie. At times it even has heart. It’s still outlandish, don’t get me wrong, but it also manages to muster romantic moments.

I won’t spoil the ending but know this, it isn’t what you’d expect. Character traits we’ve been fed since the opening credits are left by the door and it leads to a frustrating conclusion to the tale of the two misfits.

Theron is a force of her own in this movie, delivering powerful scenes when needed, the next moment cracking a poop joke. But it’s Rogen we route for in this modern take on Pretty Woman, Love Actually and Notting Hill. Okay so like every rom-com where the women chases a man around aimlessly, but this time the tables are turned.

Overall I enjoyed Long Shot, the badly-timed Chris Brown joke, not so much.

By Ruth Walker

★★★

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