Pleasant enough date flick that doesn't offer anything new but does feature the usual off colour humour of Seth Rogen and the charming, always interesting Charlize Theron. Best in show in the obligatory 'assistant' role is June Diane Raphael who steals every scene she's in.
Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron have explosive chemistry in this hilarious film that flips gender roles on their ear and also serves as a scathing satire of the times we live in with jabs at the media, public perception, and our own insecurities. It may seem silly and over the top but then again it's also a rom com with Seth Rogen so it's not meant to be high art, just pure fun that brings the laughs.
"Long Shot" is "Pretty Woman" by way of Seth Rogen, equipped with bawdy humor, an extended sequence costarring Molly, and an obligatory masturbation gaff. Fear not, it's a lot more palatable than it sounds, thanks to some disarmingly sweet moments and Jonathan Levine's sensitive directorial touch. It also doesn't hurt when you have O'Shea Jackson Jr. and Charlize Theron, who, I'm afraid, can do no wrong.
Walter Hill says there’s no such thing as new ideas. There’s only new stories in old clothes, or old stories in new clothes. Long Shot is a prime example of the latter. And that’s because Jonathan Levine’s crowdpleaser is essentially a gender-flipped Pretty Woman. I’m going to let that sink in for a moment... You can’t unsee it, right? (cont'd)
Nice romcom vibe & despite being dumbly apolitical works as a critique of Conservative Media Ecosystem & Misogyny Sludge it pumps into our culture's River of Ideology. Becomes garbage once falling in love fades & "will she or won't she" plot machinations take over. I'll give it credit for riffing on the wrapped-in-shame yet weirdly romantic experience of being young & getting hard around someone you think is cool af.
Is this the dumbest movie of the year? It's certainly the most unrealistic.The film works hard to sell romance between Rogen and Theron (in all her statuesque beauty) but it fundamentally misunderstands everything about politics. None of the events that happen would play out that way. While it tries for satire, it ends up utopian fantasy. With nothing close to real life, talking points evaporate. Watch Veep instead.