Review – Long Shot (2019)

Overall, I’d say I’m a fan of Seth Rogen. Some movies work better for me than others, but when isn’t that the case? I have previously heard it through the grapevine that Long Shot was the movie to watch for a variety of reasons, one of those being that this was one of the best comedies of the year. Weird how Seth Rogen has been in this position in the past. He often has a film that winds up as a contender for best comedy of the year. However, comedy is subjective, it needs to surprise me in other areas cinematically to really be considered one of the best. So, is it? Well, I can say it’s…up there…ish. Let’s get into it.

Journalist Fred Flarsky reunites with his childhood crush, Charlotte Field, now one of the most influential women in the world. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly.

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Most importantly, let’s look at the good. Something about this film feels incredibly fresh, unique, and different because it didn’t shy away from being obscure and challenging those overdone tropes we typically see in rom-coms. They took two very different styled actors that had no right to work very well together, and Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron surprisingly have a really great chemistry. I’d say it’s on par with Always Be My Maybe, where the chemistry is incredible – maybe not as romantic as it probably wanted to be, but their professional chemistry is on point. It’s as much of an exact definition of “opposites attract” as you can probably get.

This film is also politically-inclined, which means apart from challenging the tropes and casting polar opposite actors, they split the audience even further by talking about political issues. I can’t praise the movie enough for potentially risking a bad score by staying out of the safety zone and essentially just crossing their fingers while they personally had a good time making this movie. In general, I would say taking those risks landed them in the reward zone, because as a whole, this movie succeeds in nearly every area it attempts to succeed in.

But when we look at some of the bad, I’d say a couple of major elements didn’t work for the movie as much as they should’ve. As mentioned above, the two leads definitely have chemistry, but it needed romantic chemistry for certain scenes to be believable, and because I never believed the romance, I was constantly pulled out of the movie. Personally, I’m a big fan of Charlize Theron, but in my opinion, she was miscast. I understand why they picked her, as the actress is as different to Seth Rogen as her character is to his, but she can’t be the only actress that fits that description. I believed the professional acquaintance, I believed the friendship, but something about the romance was lacking.

Another problem I had with this movie, albeit a smaller problem, would be in the story. We know that Theron’s character is attempting to win the presidency, or at least get to a spot where she can announce presidency, but there is no plan of action. There’s only the basic idea that this is what she wants to do, and because there is no plan of action, there’s no apparent literary obstacles in their way. Character-centric stories are fine, but they need to exist within a story that works on its own as well, and there were certain areas that just didn’t for me.

All around, I’d say this movie is definitely a fresh comedy as a whole, and it might even be the best romantic comedy I’ve seen all year, but I’m not sure about the comedy side. It’s up there…but how up there? Well, check out my rankings below to find out

TOTAL SCORE – 76%

Current 2019 Rankings:
Overall
: 13th Place out of 57 Movies
(In a tie with Furie)
Comedy: 5th Place out of 23 Movies
Romance: 2nd Place out of 6 Movies

Other Romantic Comedies Scored 76%
Celeste & Jesse Forever
The Family Stone
Love Actually

DNA ANALYSIS

The following films are closely-related to this film when it comes to the bare bones – how the movie was technically made on a cinematic level. This is based off on how categories and subcategories are scored exactly the same.

The Weird Sibling
(Closest-resemblance by both category and subcategory with identical scoring)

Michael

Michael is considered the “weird sibling” as it scored the same in every subcategory of the WRITING, NARRATIVE ARC, and ENTERTAINMENT categories, which adds up to 50% of the DNA score. Note that Michael only scored 2% better than this film.

The Immediate Family
(Closest resemblance in only scoring the same in the category total, but the subcategories can be scored differently; minimum of 3 matching category scores; must be the same genre)

Sleepless in Seattle
The 40 Year-Old Virgin

The two films listed above both scored the same totals for 4/5 categories. Both had the same totals for the WRITING, NARRATIVE ARC, and ENTERTAINMENT categories, while Sleepless in Seattle scored the same in the PEOPLE category and The 40 Year-Old Virgin scored the same in the BTS category.

The Distant Cousins
(Same rules as immediate family, but it can be any genre)

N/A

Specs:
PEOPLE SCORE (13/20)
Acting (3/4) | Characters (3/4) | Casting (2/4) | Importance (2/4) | Chemistry (3/4)
WRITING SCORE (8/10)
Dialogue (1/2) | Balance (1/2) | Story Depth (2/2) | Originality (2/2) | Interesting (2/2)
BEHIND-THE-SCENES SCORE (6/10)
Visuals (1/2) | Cinematography (1/2) | Editing (1/2) | Advertising (2/2) | Music & Sound (1/2)
NARRATIVE ARC SCORE (9/10)
Introduction (2/2) | Inciting Incident (2/2) | Obstacles (1/2) | Climax (2/2) | Falling Action (2/2)
ENTERTAINMENT SCORE (5/10)
Rewatchability (2/2) | Fun Experience (2/2) | Impulse to Buy or Own (0/2) | Impulse to Talk About or Recommend (0/2) | Engaging & Riveting (1/2)
SPECIALTY SCORE (35/40)
Seth Rogen (10/10) | Comedy (10/10) | Romance (5/10) | Halfway Decent (10/10)

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3 thoughts on “Review – Long Shot (2019)

  1. Fine review! I’m definitely not the target audience here, LOL. I really dislike Rogen’s brand of comedy which is bad news for me since that’s pretty much all he does. So I’ll probably let your experience with “Long Shot” be mine as well. 😂

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