Friday 24 May 2019

Long Shot review: 'The writing and direction are too loose to make this uneven comedy memorable'

3 stars

Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen in Long Shot
Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen in Long Shot
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

Seth Rogen seems an unlikely lead for a romantic comedy, but has made one work before (Knocked Up), and almost repeats the trick here.

He is Fred Flarsky, a campaigning liberal journalist who’s just lost his job when he runs into his childhood babysitter.

Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) is US Secretary of State, and has presidential ambitions, but her lack of humour is a problem.

So when she meets Fred, she hires him as her speechwriter. He’s good at it, but Charlotte’s handlers aren’t happy when an unlikely romance ensues.

Rogen and Theron are surprisingly good together, and Long Shot has genuinely funny moments. But the writing and direction are too loose to make this uneven comedy memorable.

(16, 125mins)

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