Long Shot – Nice Shot

Rating (3.5 out of 5)

Summary: This movie is much better than I guessed from the previews.  “Long Shot” is a cute and humorous film.  This movie borders on being great but is knocked off by Mr. Rogen’s reliance on explicit images of sexual parts and stuff.  Also, the pace is drags, mainly caused by constantly demonstrating they are in love.   Overall though, there are items I am still smirking at days later, and it could be possible my wife might even tolerate this one.

Plot: Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) has decided to make the leap from Secretary of State to run for President. She hires Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) to add humor to her speeches. They fall in love, but are they too different to make it?

Detail: There were cute and humorous elements spread throughout the film. The running joke about stars how difficult it is for an actor to jump from TV to movies.  Only George Clooney and Woody Harrelson have successfully completed the transition, per “Long Shot”.  This is an example of the easy humor persistent in the film.  A few of the jokes might be for a particular audience.  One joke I thought was written specifically for my wife and me.  

“Long Shot” frequently suffers from slow pacing.  The pacing is what separates a “Long Shot” from “Pretty Woman”.   Running at 2 hours and 5 minutes, there are scenes that could have been trimmed to make the movie better and a wee bit shorter. For example, there is a scene where they gala and sneak away from the crowd. The scene was only about 5 minutes but only needed to be 1 minute.  The audience already understood they were in love. All we needed was them to start dancing and then fade to the doors. I wish directors would trust the audience and trust in themselves.  We understand they are in love, without showing me in every possible way.

It is hard to determine what to show and not show related to sex.  Is it funny or gross to see the sexual images?   A camera shot of a young man’s boner in his pants isn’t required to make the situation humorous.   We can simply have people point and laugh.  We, the intelligent audience understand.   This is true of the laptop sex video at the end.  We didn’t need to see anything, just hear it and have shot of faces of people looking. Let the audience imagine based on reactions of actors on screen and sounds.

Oh and kudos to the writers for allowing a black character to be a Republican. Totally unexpected and very humorous.  That was one of my favorite parts of the movie.

I would add Pierce Bronson and Bruce Willis to the list of actors to successfully make the jump from TV to movies.