Review: Long Shot
Writing for someone real.
Fred is a journalist who quits his job when a huge media conglomerate buys out the magazine he writes for. By change he ends up at a part with the Secretary of State, Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) who used to be his few years older babysitter. She hires him to be her speech writer as she takes on a presidential run.
While pulling up IMDb to reference as I started writing this review, I just realized that the character of Parker Wembley, the sleazy dude that buys the magazine Fred worked for and routinely tries to corner Charlotte was played by Andy fucking Serkis. I had no idea. I could not figure out where I recognized the actor from while I was watching this and had no clue it was just Serkis under a bunch of makeup. Wow.
Now that my mind is done being blown, Long Shot is a pretty solid comedy. Theron and Rogen are both good in their roles and have great chemistry together. This is being sold as sort of a reverse Pretty Woman scenario but when you meet the characters it's pretty easy to see why they'd end up together.
Not every joke lands, but there's one that is easily one of the funniest things I've seen all year and it's probably the hardest I've laughed in a theater this year as well. There's a lot of points where cliches come into play, but the film never dwells on them long enough to get annoying.
Memorable Quote: "Oh boy!" - Fred (Seth Rogen)