LONG SHOT (15)

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★★★★ ★

A CHILD­HOOD crush blos­soms into seem­ingly im­pos­si­ble ro­mance in this crowd-pleas­ing com­edy.

When he was 13, jour­nal­ist Fred Flarsky (Seth Ro­gen) fell hope­lessly un­der the spell of his 16-year-old babysit­ter.

Decades later, the girl of his hor­mone-ad­dled dreams, Char­lotte Field (Char­l­ize Theron), is US Sec­re­tary of State, and has been en­dorsed

by Pres­i­dent Cham­bers (Bob Odenkirk) as his suc­ces­sor.

If Char­lotte wasn’t unattain­able be­fore, she is now, em­broiled in a gru­elling cam­paign with key staff Mag­gie (June Diane Raphael) and Tom (Ravi Pa­tel).

Fred quits his job rather than churn out ar­ti­cles for odi­ous me­dia mogul Parker Wem­b­ley (Andy Serkis). He drowns his sor­rows with best friend Lance (O’Shea Jack­son Jr) at a party in hon­our of the World Wildlife Fund, where he is un­ex­pect­edly re­united with Char­lotte.

She needs an ide­al­ist to add ver­bal fire­power to her speeches and asks Fred to join her cam­paign.

Any dreams Fred might har­bour of woo­ing Char­lotte are snuffed out by polling data, which sug­gests the first fe­male pres­i­dent’s per­fect paramour would be Cana­dian PM James Steward (Alexan­der Skars­gard).

“The pub­lic will never ac­cept the two of you to­gether,” Mag­gie in­forms Fred, “so nei­ther will she.”

Long Shot hits the sweet spot. Theron and Ro­gen are im­pec­ca­bly cast, gen­er­at­ing sparks with ev­ery lin­ger­ing glance and zing­ing one-liner.

Seth Ro­gen as Fred and Char­l­ize Theron as Char­lotte

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