Cast: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Andy Serkis
Director: Jonathan Levine
We’ve seen a variety of movies come out so far this year in pretty much every single genre, but we really haven’t seen too many raunchy R-rated comedy this year. Luckily, anytime Seth Rogen is involved in a project, it’ll probably be one of the funnier movies of the year. Rogan once again delivers another hilarious comedy that will stand out among this year’s pack. Fueled by great writing and strong chemistry between Rogan and Theron, Long Shot establishes itself as the first great comedy of 2019.
The film follows Charlotte Field (Theron), the current Secretary of State and hopeful to become the next President of the United States. Looking to hire a speechwriter to make her seem more relatable to the general public, Charlotte hires Fred Flarsky (Rogan), a recently unemployed journalist who she used to babysit when they were younger. As they spend more time with one another, they start to develop feelings for one another, but their lifestyles contradict one another which leads to conflict and situational humor between the two. If you’ve seen any other movie with Seth Rogan in it, you’ll know his movies thrive off of their crude humor specifically involving drugs and sex. If you haven’t liked his other films due to these reasons, then Long Shot isn’t going to change your mind and magically make you like him and his movies. While it is less graphic than a movie like Sausage Party, it still has its fair share of moments that are not for the faint of heart. As someone who likes those types of moments in Rogan’s movies, I thought they were generally tasteful, funny, and actually helped develop the relationship between Charlotte and Fred. The fact that these moments are then wrapped in a satire that shows the flaws in our current political climate is a nice change of pace and elevates the movie beyond its perceived childishness and immature. Outside of the crudeness, Theron’s talents translate excellently in this movie, and this shouldn’t be a surprise based on her long history of being one of the best in the industry. From her dark comedic roles in movies like Tully to leading action movies like Atomic Blonde, Theron has shown us time and time again that it doesn’t matter what type of movie she’s in, she will make it one of the best in the genre for the year. In Long Shot, Theron knows exactly how to react to Rogan’s goofiness and plays off of it perfectly. She sets the tone of the movie and still has to be this stern figure under immense pressure from around the world, but when she’s able to cut loose and join Rogan in his antics, it makes the payoff worth the wait. Combine this with the fact that she can deliver one-liners just as effectively as Rogan and you have the recipe to make on of the most effectively funny movies of the year. When you have a talented leading group along with great people like Serkis and Bob Odenkirk in supporting roles, it’s very easy to see why Rogan has another hit on his hand with Long Shot.
Overall, considering Superbad is one of my favorite movies of all time, it’s no secret that this film at its bare minimum will appeal to me. Since this movie goes way above the minimum, it’s absolutely a contender for one of the best films of the first half of the year and may end up being the best comedy if nothing better rolls out. Rogan has this formula nailed down to an artform at this point and it the reason he keeps using it is because it works and makes everyone in attendance laugh at one point or another.
Overall Score: 8/10