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Oddly perfect: Theron and Rogen mix politics and romance in funny 'Long Shot'

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Charlotte Fields (CHARLIZE THERON) and Fred Flarsky (SETH ROGEN) in LONG SHOT. Photo Credit: Hector Alvarez.{ }(Photo: Lionsgate)

"Long Shot"
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director:
Jonathan Levine
Writers: Dan Sterling, Liz Hannah
Starring: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Diane Raphael
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Rated: R for strong sexual content, language throughout and some drug use

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SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) – Synopsis: Charlotte Field is poised to make a run for the U.S. Presidency. Fred Flarsky is an unemployed journalist who Field used to babysit when she was in high school. After being reacquainted at a party, Field hires Flarsky to her speechwriting team.

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Review: The pairing of Charlize Theron with Seth Rogen in a romantic comedy is innately comical. Maybe not nearly as funny as Theron and Patton Oswalt in Diablo Cody’s “Young Adult,” but laugh worthy nonetheless. Of course, that humor will only go so far before the juxtaposition loses its potency.

Fortunately, writers Dan Sterling and Liz Hannah have crafted an amusing script filled with political satire that only falters toward the end as it concedes to the expected tropes of the romantic comedy genre. This isn’t enough to take away my recommendation, but it does impact the film’s potency.

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Theron is fantastic as she gives Field a mix of vulnerability and strength that feels a little more human than your traditional presidential candidates. Rogen is reeled in just enough by the material and director Jonathan Levine, to keep him from getting in the way of the story. He’s still essentially playing the same character that he always plays.

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With “Long Shot,” Levine, Theron, Rogen and their supporting players have made a film that is vulgar, but also undeniably funny and filled with heart.


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