“Long Shot” is Worth the Bet

Think of your favorite romantic comedy. The one that gives you all the feels and also makes you laugh out loud at an embarrassing level. That favorite movie might get replaced with this one.

We’ve all seen Seth Rogen. In most movies he’s the funny stoner with a dad bod. That’s okay, he’s lovable, but we’ve seen that character many many many times. Enter Charlize Theron and I am expecting, off the bat, a repeat of Knocked Up. Which is a funny movie, but so unrealistic – how does this gorgeous, type A woman fall for the unemployed and irresponsible guy? (Disclaimer- not actually sure he was unemployed in Knocked Up, but likely.)

Also, I am becoming extremely jaded watching trailers that encompass all the humorous parts in the movie in three minutes. If you can see a comedy in three minutes, why spend two hours watching it?

Good news – Long Shot was neither of those! It is romantic in a way that makes sense and it is organic. You understand both characters, and their relationship does not feel forced or out of place. While many movies portray grand gestures as the way to win someone over, this movie reinforces that it’s not always about grand, perfect moments. True love is having someone get you and accept you the way you are.

The comedy, oh boy, you are laughing out loud every five minutes. From being educated that a bright room means a room full of white people (is this a term everyone knows?), to drinking tequila out of a bag (no reasoning was explained for this), or describing someone (accurately) dressed as “Captain Crunch’s Grinder Date,” the cleverness (and subsequent laughter) was non stop.

While Rogen and Theron were outstanding, they were not the only funny ones in the film. It felt almost like an Oprah moment – “You’re going to be funny! You’re going to be funny! And you’re going to be funny!” Amazing secondary cast peppered the movie with their own humor (thanks to Lisa Kudrow, O’Shea Jackson Jr., June Diane Raphael, Bob Odenkirk, and just about everyone else).

Moviegoer Kelly was skeptical going in but calls it, “the cutest, funniest, romantic comedy I have seen on a long time. Like laugh out loud funny which you usually don’t get!” With an ambitious amount of humor, romance, and a story line that truly is unique, Long Shot is a win.

Movie times: click here

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Run Time: 2 hour, 5 minutes

Director: Jonathan Levine

Actors: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Diane Raphael

Rating: Rated R for strong sexual content, language throughout and some drug use


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Alyssa is a graduate of Coronado High School and was in the founding broadcast journalism class at CHS. She earned her BA in Communication from CSU East Bay and completed her MBA from CSU San Marcos. Her passion for writing and interest in the behind the scenes of business, leads her to write frequently about Coronado businesses. You can find Alyssa walking around the ferry landing with her shih-tzu terrier or enjoying a cup of coffee at one of Coronado's favorite cafes.Have a story for The Coronado Times to cover? Send news tips or story ideas to: manager@coronadotimes.com