Long Shot (2019 film)
|Directed by||Jonathan Levine|
|Story by||Dan Sterling|
Long Shot is a 2019 American romantic comedy film directed by Jonathan Levine. The film stars Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron. The plot follows a journalist who begins to spend time with his former babysitter, who is now running for President.
Fred Flarsky, an unemployed journalist, battered by his own misfortune and self-destructive ways, courts his childhood love interest and former babysitter – who is now one of the most powerful and unattainable women on Earth.
- Seth Rogen as Fred Flarsky
- Charlize Theron as Charlotte Field, Secretary of State of the United States, presidential candidate and Fred's love interest.
- Aviva Mongillo as Young Charlotte Field
- O'Shea Jackson Jr. as Lance, Fred's best friend
- June Diane Raphael as Maggie Millikin, one of Charlotte's two key staffers
- Ravi Patel as Tom, one of Charlotte’s two key staffers
- Andy Serkis as Parker Wembley, an international media mogul who employs Fred Flarsky
- Alexander Skarsgård as Prime Minister James Steward, the Prime Minister of Canada, who is described as "very handsome."
- Randall Park as Flarsky's boss at the newspaper
- Bob Odenkirk as President Chambers, the President of the United States, who endorses Field to succeed him
- Tristan D. Lalla as Agent M, Field’s bodyguard
- James Saito as Minister Kishido
- Randy Orton
- Lisa Kudrow as Katherine
- Kurt Braunohler as Wembley News Anchor #1
- Paul Scheer as Wembley News Anchor #2
- Claudia O'Doherty as Wembley News Anchor #3
- Boyz II Men as themselves
- Lil Yachty as himself
In February 2017, the project, then titled Flarsky, was announced with Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron attached to star with Jonathan Levine directing. In October 2017, O'Shea Jackson Jr. was cast. In November 2017, June Diane Raphael, Ravi Patel, Andy Serkis, Alexander Skarsgard, and Randall Park joined the cast as filming commenced in Montreal. Scenes were filmed in Plaza de la Trinidad in Cartagena, Colombia in the end of January 2018. In January 2019, it was announced the film had been retitled Long Shot.
The movie had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 9, 2019. Originally slated to be released on February 8, 2019, it was reported that the film, following highly positive test screenings, was pushed back and would be released on June 7, 2019, now positioned as a summer tentpole. It was then moved up to May 3, 2019.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 90% based on 21 reviews, with an average rating of 7.97/10. On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 72 out of 100 based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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