Long Shot (M18)
Starring Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, Andy Serkis, Alexander Skarsgård
Directed Jonathan Levin
Seth Rogen has a history of playing characters who hook up with women way out of their league: Amber Heard (Pineapple Express), Rose Byrne (Bad Neighbours), and Katherine Heigel (Knocked Up). Now the regal Charlize Theron joins that list, as the Secretary of State-turned-presidential candidate who falls in love with Rogen’s liberal journo-turned-speech writer.
They make a cute odd couple (especially in scenes involving recreational drugs) but their differing political beliefs, a protective head of staff (Grace and Frankie’s June Diane Raphael), and a bullying mogul (an unrecognisable Andy Serkis under layers of prosthetics) threaten to derail their romance. Alexander Skarsgård is a hoot as the dishy Canadian PM — and potential suitor for the Madam Secretary — with a goofy laugh.
Pretty Woman is an obvious influence for this raunchy, if a little uneven, rom-com (cue Roxette’s ‘It Must Have Been Love’ on the soundtrack), as is Veep, but with an extra smidgen of, ahem, body fluid thrown (discharged?) into the comical cauldron. Here’s the thing: Pretty Woman is a fairy tale; Long Shot is more, like, sci-fi. (***)