The Long Shot

We finally went to see the movie The Long Shot last night. I had wanted to see it ever since the first time I saw a trailer for it. I love romantic comedies. Thankfully Netflix has started to fill in for the big lack of them in theaters, but I still wish there were more of them. The movie opened the weekend we were traveling to Hilton Head, so yesterday was really the first chance we had to see it. Plus happily we snuck it in  just under the wire to take advantage of the $4 tickets we got through T-Mobile Tuesday deals, even though I would happily have paid full price.

My only apprehension going into this movie was the Seth Rogan of it all. A little Seth Rogan goes a long way for me. There’s actually a line in the movie where his characters says that he thinks he is the exact right amount, and that was pretty spot on. He’s definitely got the schlubby, kind of annoying thing going on but in a way where you could see how someone would find him charming and fall in love with him. Being a Seth Rogan movie there is some gross out and drug humor, but I didn’t find it over the top. Even the embarrassment humor was mostly just funny. I can’t stand watching people in tv and movies embarrass themselves, and I didn’t have to cover my eyes even once though I was prepared to a couple of times.

If you’re not familiar with the movie Charlize Theron stars as the Secretary of State who is preparing to run for president. Seth Rogan was a kid she grew up next door to and once babysat for who has become a journalist. They run into each other at a party and she winds up hiring him to help with her speech writing. They of course start to fall in love, but he’s not the kind of guy who is going to present the image America wants when voting for a president. Will they be able to find a way to be together in the end? I’ll let you guess.

I laughed a ton during this movie and I thought their relationship was sweet with some real hurdles that didn’t feel like forced obstacles that terrible romantic comedies can throw out there to try and create reasons to keep the leads apart. I also really dug June Diane Raphael in the sassy, sarcastic sidekick role that is a hallmark of romantic comedies. The movie has a fantastic soundtrack too, and we all know what a sucker I am for music.

It’s been a long time since I’ve like a romantic comedy this much. If you like romantic comedies I highly suggest running, not walking (because this movie won’t realistically be in theaters much longer) to go see it. If nothing else definitely check it out once it’s available to rent.

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