Rogen and Theron take a ‘Long Shot’


Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen in “Long Shot”

One of the most fun kinds of movies there can be is the type that puts together two stars who appear to be utterly dissimilar – but by the nature of the story, you know their characters will have to find common ground.

“Long Shot” is that sort of picture, and once you know its stars are Oscar winner Charlize Theron and noted screen prankster Seth Rogen, it’s easy to tell that this certainly is that odd-couple kind of tale. She’s the U.S. Secretary of State, and someone who has presidential aspirations, and he’s an investigative reporter who throws protocol and politeness to the wind in the trademark Seth Rogen way.

She also happens to have been his babysitter a couple of decades ago … and when she needs a new political speechwriter to make her sound more down-to-earth, guess who she hires?

If you stop and question the overall credibility of “Long Shot,” it’s like sticking a pin in a balloon – and it will deflate just that fast. It’s better to just sit back and enjoy the fantasy that you know it will offer, though Theron offers hints that she really could be quite commanding as a figure in the political world.

However, a lot of this is wish fulfillment, particularly in the case of Rogen and his alter ego. This isn’t to say that the romance in the story couldn’t ever happen, but let’s face it, it’s … yes, a long shot. And those who made the movie know it, thus creating the potential for the slightly elevated frat-boy humor Rogen is so famous (and successful) for.

That also gives Theron the opportunity to do what she does best, which looks even better with such a juxtaposition of styles. Classy, fashionable and reserved, she’s pretty much everything he’s not; therein lies the humor as they initially collide, then begin to develop a considerably warmer relationship.

Lisa Kudrow, “True Blood’s” Alexander Skarsgard, “Fresh Off the Boat’s” Randall Park and “Better Call Saul’s” Bob Odenkirk add enjoyment in the supporting cast, but “Long Shot” never really deviates from its two central stars. Nor should it: As a real-life couple, they might seem to be a long shot indeed, but they do supply a fair share of entertainment as one of the most unlikely screen duos of recent times.

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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