A schlub wins the heart of a gorgeous world leader.
“Long Shot may be the first great Trump-era romantic comedy,” said Kevin Fallon in TheDailyBeast.com. Daring to offend by creating an odd-couple pairing of Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron, this “irresistibly charming” movie wisely makes light of its own premise while offering a cheeky take on how the madness of today’s politics affects people’s love lives. In the film’s funhouse version of America 2019, Rogen is an unemployed journalist who bumps into his old childhood crush just when she needs a speechwriter to help her make the leap from hypercompetent secretary of state to voter-friendly president. But even as jokes fly about the double standard applied to female politicians, Long Shot’s values “seem scandalously backward,” said Peter Debruge in Variety. Though Long Shot is “funnier than any comedy in months,” it never stops being a wish-fulfillment fantasy for dudes like Rogen, a co-producer. At times, it “comes across as dueling movies,” said Eric Kohn in IndieWire.com. Theron, at least, injects the film’s tired formula “with fresh bite,” and though we may not fully buy into its romantic fantasy, “these days, it might be just the escapism that America needs.” ■