In the day of comedy, the name Seth Rogen is a champion for many types of roles and writing. Often the king of stoner comedy, Mr. Rogen somehow takes his dorky looking self to new heights as he makes us laugh our heads off with his similar stories. Today, another piece to his collection is released in the form of a new spin on political comedy, as he teams up with another gorgeous beauty to tell his own Cinderella story. Will this film hold a new form of comedy, or are we just writing another check to a mediocre film? Robbie K back with another review on the film:
Long Shot: (2019)
- Good Chemistry
- Funny At Times
- Moves At A Good Pace
- Good Music
SUMMARY: Despite the looks of Rogen, the guy manages to find some stellar cast mates to work with. Theron and Rogen have a great chemistry that brings the relationship to life, making for an interesting pairing that is fun to watch. Long Shot’s central actors bring with it a dynamic spectrum that ranges from awkward crushes to stoned moments and the two really play off each other’s energies well. The result is some sensationally dynamic comedy antics that work to inspire and drive the entertainment factor. Clever references, slapstick relief, and even the well-timed simplistic one-liners all work to make a diverse palette for most audience members to enjoy. Long Shot knows how to cater to a wide variety of the audiences.
Yet the comedy is only part of the magic and Long Shot holds a cute atmosphere to it that was promised in the trailer. A love tale graces this film and has that classic nerd and gorgeous woman motif that is both inspirational and just sensational to watch. While it’s not the most unique or magical, there is a very cute atmosphere about it and that will draw fans into the mix as well. Making for a good date movie, the love story here is very cute, with some endearing motifs brought in to inspire and chop up the aggressive comedy. With these stories mixed in, it actually puts this tale at a good pace, dropping the mundane circular banter for something with a little more pacing and fun. And finally, the music that is played throughout the movie sort of bridges a good number of decades, with fantastic utilization to bring nostalgia and character to the scene. If you are forced to go to this movie, then hopefully the tracks will keep you interested in the nearly 2 hour run time.
- A little preachy
- Stoner Comedy going overboard
- The Villain character
- The Other Love Interest
- Lazy Writing
When you try to put in good messages, especially ones about changing the world and the social hierarchy, you sometimes run into the world of preachy cinema. Long Shot does those moments in quite a number of scenes going out of their way to put in these moments to be the inspirational piece the story is going for. Not awful, but sometimes a bit much these moments are just the small imbalances that stack up in this movie.
Instead the movies sometimes runs away with its comedy, relying too much on jokes to offset the story for Rogen’s usual brand of comedy. Some of the drug humor managed to get caught in the whirlwind of mindless banter, our “heroes” stuck in roundabout wonder, in their throngs of substance induced bliss. It is funny at times, but sometimes a bit too deep for me leading to some stale tactics by the tent minute of the scene.
Other imbalances for me were the “rivals” of Theron’s groups that acted as potential story plots. The Villain character by legendary Andy Serkis was a parody of makeup and villains, an antagonist who is there only for a few plot devices, but never serious enough to pose a threat outside of showing off stylized makeup. Also an offset was the potential love interest in the form of pretty Canadian prime ministers. A few mindless laughs and some rapid character introduction, this character held some potential that was lost in the grand scheme of comedy. These unnecessary characters just made for threadbare plots that further endorsed the predictable plot that this movie held.
Yet it’s the lazy writing that gets me as the biggest limitation. I’m not talking about the story or the clever comedy, that’s actually good for me. No, it’s the monotonous cursing that is famous in Rogen’s arsenal of films. Long Shot suffers from focusing too much on the slander, replacing much of the human vocabulary with genitalia descriptions that are laced with consistent swear words. If you can’t get enough of the F bombs, you’ve come back to the familiar watering hole, but Long Shot still needs some unique flavor added to the punch to escape this weakness for me. By not expanding up on the vernacular some of the scenes were missing their true potential due to again stale verbiage.
Long Shot is fun and surprisingly cute, making for a fun film that holds some story and laughs to behold. It’s a generational movie that will speak to many, and the broad audiences it will appease too makes for a promising movie night out with the group. Yet, the factor that holds it back is some unnecessary plot devices, some wasted characters, and the fact that once again lazy writing seethes in to the clever jokes at hand. It makes for a generic comedy, but sometimes those are the fun films to share with friends and family, so long as they can handle the crude humor. So therefore, grab your friends and hit this delightful film up as a group, but otherwise stick to streaming for this for it lacks much of the theater worthy quality.
My scores are:
Movie Overall: 6.5