Long Shot Hits Its Target
Directed by Jonathan Levine
Written by Dan Sterling, Liz Hannah
There’s some good stuff in this comedy, especially if you are fan of Seth Rogan’s brand of humor.* And while it’s one of those stories that schlubby guys write so they can get an attractive woman,** it still had a goodly amount of barbs directed at the sexism women politicians face.*** The supporting cast didn’t shirk their duties either was amusing performances from June Diane Raphael as an aide to Bob Odenkirk as the President.
The verdict: Good
Cost: Free via DVD from Multnomah County Library
Where watched: at home
Consider also watching:
*I am. For those who are not, this is probably not your film.
**Here I must point out that Theron is very good at comedy, as well as drama.
***Probably because there was a woman on the writing team.
- Do we have any schlubby-women-get-the-hot-guy films?
- What was your favorite talking head moment?
Favorite IMDB trivia item:
When Fred plays the song “It Must Have Been Love” on his phone, it shows it’s playing from the Pretty Woman soundtrack. However, the version used in this film is the Christmas version, not the original version from Pretty Woman.
(Oh internet, I love you!)
Other reviews of Long Shot:
- Kimberly Jones, Austin Chronicle
- Wendy Ide, Guardian
My favorite talking head moment was: Are women too crazy to be president? We talk with Chris Brown, Jeremy Piven and Brett Ratner.
I googled “schlubby girls get guy films” and found no movies, but a great article from the Ringer by Rob Harvilla that does some deconstructing of the genre. https://www.theringer.com/movies/2019/5/2/18526370/long-shot-rom-com-knock-up-loser-gets-girl
I was going to say Twilight is schlubby-woman-gets-guy, but Edward’s not a good guy.
Um, are you saying Kristen Stewart is schlubby?