I love romantic-comedies like Long Shot! Somehow, it makes us believe there’s a world where a left-leaning, unemployed journalist who always wears tapered pants, a baseball cap, and windbreaker, could capture the heart of a smart, powerful, successful woman. Much like “Notting Hill” or “Pretty Woman”. Basically, the film follows Fred Flarsky (Rogen), a journalist with a strong moral code who chooses to leave his great job because his employer gets bought out by a multi-billion dollar media conglomerate. He then gets offered a position to work for a workaholic U.S. Secretary of State (Theron) who is interested in being President since the current President no longer plans to run for re-election.
Even though this is a romantic comedy, the script by Liz Hannah and Dan Sterling falls right into Rogen’s wheelhouse with its raunchy humor mixed in. Whether it’s exploding into a great yet awkward speech, falling down a flight of stairs or being up to his usual stoner shenanigans, Seth is dependably hilarious. What’s surprising pleasant is how well he’s matched by Theron. The chemistry is just astonishing from the moment you see Seth and Charlize together which is great considering the entire premise for this film involves the relationship between these two. I have to say it’s actually pretty believable.
This film has a little something for everyone, it’s heartwarming, funny, and has a fair share of crude humor. It’s hilarious, If you are looking for a feel-good comedy that will have you laughing your ass off, I recommend watching Long Shot.