Movie Review: Long Shot

August 8, 2021

Details from IMDB:

Long Shot

 6.8

 

Journalist Fred Flarsky reunites with his childhood crush, Charlotte Field, now one of the most influential women in the world. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly.

 

Initial Thoughts:

Seth Rogen is a talented guy, I'll admit perhaps more so as a writer/producer/director than an actor but he has his acting moments too. He is perhaps most well known for playing stoners (like in Pineapple Express) but has been known to make departures from this, which is at least partially the case here. So truth be told I always enjoy Charlize Theron (she is an Oscar winner) and with a Saturday night to fill, we did the Netflix and chill thing which has become popular.

Main Points:

This is a nice change for Rogen, while he is a stoner he is one who has not let it control his life and is playing a serious journalist with passion/conviction and morals. The interesting part is that he ultimately has to choose, what is more important, his convictions/ideals or the woman he loves?

For a comedy the movie deals with lots of serious issues like integrity in journalism, major corporations buying out newspapers, sexism in America, the state of American politics, a thinly veiled reference to Trump, and the power dynamics between men and women in terms of job/career/power. 

There are funny moments sprinkled throughout, some sex scenes, and a lot of good music (including the unusual choice of using a song twice!). Theron is excellent and Rogen puts in one of his better acting roles. Aside from a few scenes that are completely unbelievable (even in the US), it's a good movie.

Final Thoughts:

Rogen (and a lot of comedians) always end up in a movie that is just a little too long. This movie didn't need to be over 2 hours long and I found it dragged for about 20 minutes. As usual please don't let your kids watch this. Drug use, sex, language, and some violence certainly make this age 17+. I give it a 7 out of 10 and a mild recommendation. It makes you wish that there would be a female president in the US, who knows? Maybe after Biden it could happen.