‘Long Shot’ doesn’t miss, delivers a fun time

This image released by Lionsgate shows Seth Rogen, left, and Charlize Theron in a scene from "Long Shot." (Murray Close/Lionsgate via AP)

Whoever thought to pair Seth Rogen with Charlize Theron deserves a pat on the back. The incredibly hilarious chemistry between the two in “Long Shot,” provides for a raunchy romantic comedy that will surely leave you laughing.

Brutally honest reporter Fred Flasky (Seth Rogen) finds himself crossing paths with Secretary of State, Charlotte Fields (Charlize Theron), his former childhood babysitter. Now, with Charlotte running for president in the next election, she hires Fred to write her speeches. As the two learn more about one another, their feelings develop, conflicting with Charlotte’s presidential run.

If you are familiar with any of Seth Rogen’s work, you know what to expect here. With writer Dan Sterling, who previously did “The Interview” (the one about Kim Jong-un that was pulled from theaters due to bombing threats), his work this time is far less controversial, but still full of foul jokes. Including plenty of genuine and offensive comedic moments, you’ll hopefully be laughing regardless. In fact, the theater comprised of mostly the elderly was having a great time.

Both Rogen and Theron were respectively fantastic. Rogen was his normal self, which means hilarious. If not for his perfect delivery, many moments in the film would have fallen short. Theron was the emotional support the film needed, with a surprising talent for comedic roles as well, which is expected as she is an Oscar winning actress.

The real gold though is when the two are together. Rogen and Theron play off one another so well that it is hard to believe they haven’t been in a film together before. Her presence exudes confidence that nicely contrasts with Rogen’s laughable insecure persona. Being such polar opposites, it’s a good surprise that this decision was made.

The same qualities of the two transfer into the characters they play in the film. Fred and Charlotte were not anything fantastic but they had enough substance to make me care about them. The script is likewise. There are the unneeded scenes that are played just for laughs that are just as appreciated, nonetheless. Then there are plenty of moments spiked with sincerity to balance. It’s a simple script that accomplishes what it is after.

From start to finish, “Long Shot” does not miss a shot. It knows exactly what it is: a fun date-night movie. With the two great leads, plenty of laughs, and a straightforward story, it is hard to be disappointed if you know what to expect. That means to expect a vulgar Seth Rogen film. What else?

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