Long Shot surpassed my expectations.

Long Shot, 7.3/10, is an example of why sometimes you need to go into the cinema, switch your brain off, sit back and enjoy a film for what it is. Long Shot surpasses any six laugh test and proves that Seth Rogen has a little more depth than his entertaining but overplayed stoner comedy character. This may be because Charlize Theron is his brilliant onscreen counterpart and delivers some of the more memorable funnier moments. In a lot of ways, it is very formulaic to the conventions of comedy however Theron breaks the mould of previous females in this genre. Her character is powerful, humble and determined to achieve her goals all whilst being utterly hilarious.

The premise of Long Shot is fairly simple. When Fred Flarsky (played by Rogen) reunites with his first crush and childhood baby-sitter, he discovers she has now grown up to become the Secretary of State, Charlotte Field (played by Theron). His witty charm sparks an idea in Field’s head: to take Flarsky on tour with her as her speech writer as she prepares to make her run for Presidency.

All themes within Long Shot are perfectly balanced which secures the success of this movie. The political and gender-political references are well played without being preached. The romance element isn’t stereotypical but yet still believable. Their onscreen relationship is heartwarming which is the one thing you need in order for a film like this to work. The rom-com direction took me by surprise pleasantly. This film had me in laugh out loud hysterics which was refreshing due to the lack of comedic releases as of late. No, this film doesn’t change the game on comedy by any means, but it does comedy well and what more can you ask for? I strongly urge you to seize the opportunity to see this as I think you will be shocked at how amusing Long Shot really is.

Picture: 6/10

Sound: 6/10

Narrative: 7/10

Acting: 8/10

Originality: 8/10

Entertainment (of its genre): 9/10

Overall rating….. 7.3/10

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