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From left: Ravi Patel, June Diane Raphael, Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron in “Long Shot.”

As the “Avengers: Endgame” hype is still going strong, people seem like they know what movie they will likely choose when they set foot in a theater. While “Avengers: Endgame” is one of the most popular films this year, the effect of it can bury other movies in its shadow. While people are still buying tickets to arguably the biggest superhero movie of the year, no one is talking about a smaller but charming romantic comedy by the name of “Long Shot.”

The movie centers around the story of Fred Flarsky, played by Seth Rogen and Charlotte Field, portrayed by Charlize Theron. They both come from different backgrounds and walks of life, but both know each other from the past. Through circumstances, they reunite when Charlotte is running for President, while Fred Flarsky is unemployed. As they get to know each other, a possible romance begins.

The movie follows a “Lady and The Tramp” motif that has been done countless of times, but somehow wonderfully captures the playfulness of a newrelationship. “Long Shot” is not a deep story, and it does not try to be one. The movie has one job and it does it well: to entertain the audience. It is quite refreshing to transition from the epic “Avengers: Endgame” to an idyllic love story.Romantic comedies can be “a dime a dozen,” but something about “Long Shot” makes it appear above the rest.

Seth Rogen plays the same typical character that he plays in most of his previous roles, but his lovable aura works in this film. With past movies like “Pineapple Express, “This is The End” and “Neighbors,” audience can expect the “Seth Rogen” humor appearing in the movie. If a person likes his other projects, then they can certainly find enjoyment in this movie. However, his humor can be considered offensive to some people, and it is important that audience go into this movie knowing that it will be riding the line.

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The journalist and Madam Secretary.

Charlize Theron reveals a funnier side that is not often seen in her films. Her comedic timing is effective. One scene that involves her with a cigarette and a telephone perfectly illustrates how she works her physical appearance and delivery to make the quite humorous.

The two stars, as odd of a couple as they are on film, are believable as lovers. They look like they enjoy spending time with each other on set resulting in great chemistry, which is a vital asset. The humor, although still important, sometimes take a backseat for the more romantic moments. They do not come off as sappy- but genuine.

With a romantic comedy like this, it is surprising how deep this movie is when it comes to the debate of politics. Towards the end, there is a moment where Fred Farsky and his friend, played by O’Shea Jackson Jr. talk about their identities and beliefs. The scene weirdly points out the problems that America is facing at this time.

The movie is not without its problems, as no movie is perfect. Some of the jokes do not land in the way that the filmmakers probably hoped that they would. Also, the escalation of the romance is a touch too fast. The ending of movie can be considered far-fetched considering what the characters have been through. As fun of a ride as it is, “Long Shot” can be predictable with plot points that have been in countless of rom-coms. However, despite the flaws, one can easily over look them in exchange for a light but well-made comedy.

It can be strange to take a left turn from all the Marvel fever that is wreaking havoc at the moment. But if an audience wants a break from the intensity of comic book movies, “Long Shot” is a viable option.

 

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