Small Screen Reviews

Long Shot Review

Long Shot 1 DVD/Blu-ray

Studio: 
Lionsgate UK   

What’s It About?
An unemployed journo bumps into childhood babysitter, who just so happens to be running for the Presidency. They hit it off, she hires him, and chaos and romance ensue!   

Who’s In It?
Charlize Theron (Monster, Mad Max: Fury Road, & more recently Gringo)
Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, Bad Neighbours 1-2, & Kung Fu Panda 1-3)   

Other notables include:
O’Shea Jackson Jr (Straight Outta Compton, Ingrid Goes West, & more recently Den Of Thieves
Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood, The Legend Of Tarzan, Big Little Lies)   

Director: Jonathan Levine (The Wackness, Warm Bodies, & more recently The Night Before)   

Audiences Expect:
Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen have achieved something pretty rare, in that they have delivered a rom com, which is both touching and for once actually funny. Admittedly some of the scenarios are a little far-fetched, but when the performances are so delightful and the characters so endearing and well-written, it is impossibly not to be swept along.
Seth Rogen plays to type as per usual as the lovable but ultimately unreliable stoner. He’s a talented journalist who delivers regular scoops, but when his media outlet is bought out, he is not one to sell out and ends up unemployed.
After meeting up with his best bud, he winds up at a glitzy party for the great and the good, and bumps into his childhood babysitter – now the Secretary Of State, but soon to be gunning for President. In need of fresh writing blood for the forthcoming months of speechwriting and policies, and after his unforgettable first impression, she takes a punt on Fred Flarsky (Rogen) and the two find their relationship soon starts to develop.
Despite the seeming incredulity of the pairing, Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen deliver two wonderful performances which are enough to blow the cobwebs off even the most cynical of audience members. Couple with some cracking jokes and a timely relevance, and Long Shot has made its case for one of the films of the year.     

In A Nutshell:
A real gem of a movie with heart, romance and comedy all working seamlessly thanks to the two leads.   

Highlight:
Everything really – performances, pacing, jokes, and you genuinely care about the characters   

Lowpoint:
N/A

Release date: 09/09/2019

Certificate: 15

EDITOR’S CHOICE