For his new comedy LONG SHOT – UNLIKELY BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE Director stunner Jonathan Levine turns Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen into lovers. And it’s precisely because this idea is so absurd that the film is one of the funniest films of the year so far. We reveal more about this in our review.
The plot summary
As we all know, opposites attract and Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) and Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) couldn’t be more different: she, the Secretary of State of the United States, intelligent, educated and accomplished. He is a very talented journalist with a slight penchant for the chaotic. Nothing connects the two except that years ago she was his babysitter and he was madly in love with her. When the two meet again, Charlotte spontaneously hires him as a speechwriter. The only question that arises is: How do you, as a nerd, manage to impress an incredibly elegant woman? And how good is the idea of starting a relationship with your boss?
Long Shot Movie Meaning & ending
Over the course of his career, director Jonathan Levine has developed a reputation for being almost unassailable. And if you look at his CV, there’s a good reason for it: the filmmaker has such great works as the tragicomedy “50/50 – Friends for (Survival)” and the horror film “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane”, which is celebrated in genre circles. staged, but also such nonsense like “Mädelstrip”. Somewhere in between there are “Warm Bodies” and “The Three Kings”; and all sorts of series episodes and short film projects. One of the few constants in his career is Seth Rogen. He not only played a supporting role in “50/50” and a leading role in “The Three Kings,” but as a producer he also became a close confidant of Levine behind the scenes. This successful collaboration is now bearing new fruit. “Long Shot” is the name of the new baby of the two filmmakers, for which Levine once again took the director’s chair and Seth Rogen took on the leading role and a producer position. This collaborative work results in a film that oscillates somewhere between comedy, political satire and sweet romance and does not use these ingredients to create a shambles, but rather a film with which there is simply nothing wrong with. “Long Shot” may even be Seth Rogen’s best film to date.
Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) with her employees Maggie (June Diane Raphael) and Tom (Ravi Patel).
The trailer for “Long Shot” says that the love story presented here is something like a reversed “Pretty Woman” – with the beautiful Secretary of State Charlotte Field as Richard Gere and the nerdy journalist Fred Flarsky in the position of Julia Roberts. In terms of the constellation alone, “Long Shot” actually works in a similar way; It is clear from the start that this couple, who at first glance seem unconventional, will end up fighting each other because neither appearances nor clientele nor status should play a role in love. Ultimately, this “Pretty Woman” comparison is just a side note, because where Roberts and Gere actually had to defend themselves against external resistance in their classic romantic film (which also threatened to break up their love more than once), are Flarskys and Fields Different living conditions are not a real problem for them. Only Charlotte’s overzealous PR consultant Maggie (June Diane Raphael) sees a negative impact on Charlotte’s poll numbers if the two of them live out their relationship publicly. But instead of allowing herself to be impressed by this, she urges her employee not to burden her with such eventualities any further. And so “Long Shot” is first and foremost a completely normal love story that simply develops in an extraordinary environment, which is what the authors Dan Sterling (“The Interview”) and Liz Hannah (“The Publisher”) but do not emphasize more than necessary. Instead, they always stay very close to the development of their characters. And whether they meet at Starbucks around the corner or at a celebrity reception has no influence on their feelings towards each other.
Of course, in “Long Shot” the main focus is on the flirtation between the two main characters. But Jonathan Levine, who already likes to play with combining genres that only partially fit together, doesn’t leave it at that. With his seventh feature film, he also presents an all-round attack on (not only US) politics and the associated change in politics Journalism (keyword: fake news) and just a general look behind the scenes of the rich and powerful. And although “Long Shot” has a slightly lower density of gags compared to previous Seth Rogen productions – simply because the narrative background would otherwise not really come into its own – the hit rate in terms of punch lines is still enormous. It starts with the sitting president of the United States. In a time when the biggest joker even holds this position in reality, it is almost impossible to top that in a film. Jonathan Levine does it in that the person holding power was originally a TV star, played the president here, is now actually one, but after a few months in real politics he now really wants to get into the film – even if only very few people have managed to do that Fred Flarsky points out. Small side note: As is well known, Seth Rogen actually managed this jump. The other supporting characters are also either close to the caricature, or are one; And the authors observed the characteristics of their role models so accurately that each one of them works believably. June Diane Raphael (“The Sex Pact”) and Ravi Patel (“Transformers”) They take great pleasure in mimicking Charlotte Field’s advisors, who all too often display significantly greater ambition than is desired in their position. O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”) has some of the best lines on his side as Flarsky’s best friend Lance and Andy Serkis, who is barely recognizable as himself thanks to the make-up (“Planet of the Apes: Survival”) As the disgusting, framed-up media mogul Parker Wenbley, his character combines everything that is so hateful about people in his Donald Trump orbit.
Charlotte and Fred (Seth Rogen) have known each other for years and fall in love.
Since the #MeToo movement, there has been a rethink in the film industry. Not only in the area of documentaries dealing with the topic, but also when making feature films, greater attention is being paid to an equal distribution of female and male (main) roles. Behind the scenes, the engagement of female filmmakers is also increasing. Seth Rogen has long been one of the pioneers in this field thanks to his work on films like “Bad Neighbors 2” and is in favor of working with the gorgeous (and adorably funny) Charlize Theron (“Atomic Blonde”) now the perfect partner to vie for the favor of his former classmates as a journalist who is both unpretentious and honest. In “Long Shot” the two always act on equal terms. However, the central figure who influences events remains Charlotte. The script repeatedly makes subtle references to her (unfortunately still) unusual position. She has to work harder to get the same respect for her work as her male colleagues. Television shows speculate about whether women can even hold such a high office. And if a woman allows herself to have an emotional outburst in public, then she is at best hysterical, while men gain respect by emphatically underlining their point of view and are considered particularly ambitious. This also makes “Long Shot” an outstanding contemporary document without the constant finger-wagging; Jonathan Levine runs the risk of his film losing its relevance at some point. At this point in time, however, “Long Shot” is a film that is not only fun and romantic, but also pretty darn clever.
Conclusion: “Long Shot” is smart, funny, romantic and endearing from start to finish. There’s currently no film that leaves the cinema feeling better than this highly charming mix of comedy, love story and political satire – and Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron have a chemistry that makes you want to kneel in front of it.
“Long Shot – Unlikely, but not impossible” can be seen in USA cinemas nationwide from June 20th.