In the wake of the cinematic tsunami known as Avengers: End of the Game comes a bit of counter-programming for its second weekend: a romantic comedy aimed at adults. What if at that for a good change? This, however, is based on an improbable coupling between Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen, but in its own way it works in the sense that opposites really Does attracts. The film was well received at the South by Southwest Film Festival last month and for good reason. The script by Dan Sterling and Liz Hannah is a little overdone, to say the least, but in a world that welcomes strangers, why not? You want to go with it, or you will not. I made.
now Rogen plays Fred Flarsky (where he got his name?), a highly opinionated, if not immensely famous, political journalist for whom, a couple of decades earlier, Charlotte Field (Theron) was his teenage nanny when he was only 13. an embarrassing incident one night but cut short for many years later when he happens to run into her again in an event he is covering. The footprint? She is the Secretary of State, a world-class diplomat who seems completely out of the reach of a sloppy stylist like Flarsky. However, one thing leads to another after her clumsy meeting (including a couple of slapstick moments that this movie finds difficult to resist) and against the advice of almost everyone, she hires him as her new speechwriter. The novel continues, to the horror of his second, Maggie (June Diane Raphael). To complicate matters, Charlotte received insider information from President Chambers (a fun Bob Odenkirk) stating that he does not intend to run for a second term (it seems he wants a career in film), preparing it for a second term. presidential run alone. Flarsky's presence in his life leads to many expected complications, but the sparks fly between Charlotte and Fred, as, fortunately, they also do between Theron and Rogen.
Theron should do more romantic comedies. She is perfect and brings a certain credibility to the role, completely believable even in these circumstances. Rogen is more anchored than usual, but there are times when he simply can not shake off the impulses we've seen from him in most of the crude comedies he's done in the past. I could have done without some of these scenes as they let the tone a bit out of tune for what is really more modern Roman Holiday, in which two people from opposite quarters make a genuine connection even if it is fated to never work. In general, the pairing of Theron and Rogen is welcome, and so is this film directed by Jonathan Levine, who keeps everything under control.
While filming, the movie was called Flarsky but Long Shot is much more inspired to give us a clue than to wait. Ultimately, setup and execution follow strongly classic rom-with formulas, and in that case, everything works most of the time. The supporting cast, including Odenkirk and Raphael, both experienced actors, is ideally chosen with O & # 39; Shea Jackson Jr. taking on the role of best friend and Alexander Skarsgaard scoring as the handsome but insipid Canadian prime minister trying to lure Charlotte to the bed. Andy Serkis even appears in an unsympathetic tone as a political opponent of a note. Rogen and Theron are producers, along with Evan Goldberg, A.J. Dix, Beth Kono and James Weaver. Lionsgate launches Friday. Check out my video review above with movie clips included.
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