Movies

Now showing in Taos: 'Long Shot'

Charlize Theron and Seth Rogan team-up hits a sour note when there should be laughs

By Rick Romancito
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 5/5/19

Charlize Theron doesn't make many mistakes when picking movies in which to star, but once in a while she ends up in a real stinker. 

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Now showing in Taos: 'Long Shot'

Charlize Theron and Seth Rogan team-up hits a sour note when there should be laughs

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Charlize Theron doesn't make many mistakes when picking movies in which to star, but once in a while she ends up in a real stinker.  Ever see "Young Adult" (2011)? Or, what about "A Million Ways to Die in the West" (2014)? Let's not forget "Hancock" (2008). On second thought, let’s do.

But, she made audiences stand up and take notice with her courageous work on "Monster" (2003), for which she won a much-deserved Oscar, and she’s done a number of admirable films since then. Then there’s "Long Shot.”

This alleged romantic comedy in which she is paired with Seth Rogan is one of the more cringe-inducing, seat squirming projects out there. The movie features Rogan as a crusading far left wing journalist named Fred Flarsky who, amazingly, hooks up with the U.S. Secretary of State Charlotte Field (Theron). This is because when they were teens, Charlotte used to babysit for him, she being 16 and he 13. But, because of an embarrassing incident, Fred never saw her again because he simply couldn’t face her.

Now, they are adults and although their lives have taken extremely different paths, there’s still a hint of their young selves to recall when they finally meet again.

First a note about Fred: Prone to wearing nylon hoodie parkas and the kind of ball cap usually seen on 12-year-old “Legend of Zelda” video game addicts, he wallows in self-abuse, both mental and physical, mostly because he wears his geekdom on his sleeve. Charlotte, on the other hand, is elegant, ultra-polished and tightly controlled. She even takes power naps while standing up with her eyes open. They would seem to be the exact opposite of each other, but with a lot of plot maneuvering by director Jonathan Levine and writers Dan Sterling and Liz Hannah, we find they have enough in common to blow some sparks to life in a budding romance.

A lot of this happens because Charlotte, much to the chagrin of her handlers, actually likes Fred’s writing style, and so when the President of United States (Bob Odenkirk) decides to not run for reelection and chooses to endorse her to replace him, her poll numbers need some goosing. So, she hires Fred as a speechwriter. And, because he needs to get a feel for her personality, she invites him to become an intimate part of her team. Let’s just say when intimacy does rear its ugly head its with explicit directions and wincing grotesquery.

Rogan’s humor, as a lot of critics like to point out, is a matter of taste. It can make you guffaw in one instance and hurl in the next. I say this so you’ll be prepared, but, of course, those who are dying to see this movie probably want to see what Rogan will do with Theron. Yes, it’s ok to shudder at the thought.

Aside from some pointed humor directed at current events, this movie will probably end up alongside "A Million Ways to Die in the West." Not great, but something to make a potential boy or girlfriend immediately wonder what’s wrong with you if they see it in your watchlist.

Tempo grade: D

“Long Shot” is rated R for strong sexual content, language throughout and some drug use.

It is screening daily at Mitchell Theatres Storyteller Cinema 7, 110 Old Talpa Cañón Road. For show times, tickets and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit storyteller7.com.

Also showing in Taos

Ugly Dolls

MPAA rating: PG for thematic elements and brief action.

Mitchell Theatres Storyteller Cinema 7

The free-spirited UglyDolls confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don't have to be perfect to be amazing because who you truly are is what matters most. Animated film directed by Kelly Asbury features the voice talents of Pitbull, Ice-T, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Wanda Sykes, and Emma Roberts.

It is screening daily at Mitchell Theatres Storyteller Cinema 7, 110 Old Talpa Cañón Road. For show times, tickets and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit storyteller7.com.

NOTE: There is no Movies on the Big Screen at the Taos Community Auditorium this week.

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