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“Long Shot” Seems To Be Another SXSW Comedy Hit

It seems like each year a movie at South by Southwest, specifically a comedic one, seems to connect with the audience and launch to great success. Previous years have seen things like Blockers, The Disaster Artist, and Trainwreck showcase their wares to rave early word. Just like the initial reviews for Us can launch that to financial success and potential awards season love, strong notices here for comedies can lead to tremendous roads ahead (The Disaster Artist even became an Academy Award nominee). This year, we have Long Shot. Though it doesn’t sound like an Oscar flick, it does sound like most at SXSW are of the opinion that it’s a hit in the making and the funniest effort of 2019 to date.

The film is a romantic comedy about an unlikely pairing. The plot synopsis, courtesy of IMDb: “Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) is a gifted and free-spirited journalist with an affinity for trouble. Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) is one of the most influential women in the world. Smart, sophisticated, and accomplished, she’s a powerhouse diplomat with a talent for…well, mostly everything. The two have nothing in common, except that she was his babysitter and childhood crush. When Fred unexpectedly reconnects with Charlotte, he charms her with his self-deprecating humor and his memories of her youthful idealism. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte impulsively hires Fred as her speechwriter, much to the dismay of her trusted advisors. A fish out of water on Charlotte’s elite team, Fred is unprepared for her glamourous lifestyle in the limelight. However, sparks fly as their unmistakable chemistry leads to a round-the-world romance and a series of unexpected and dangerous incidents.” Rogen and Theron are an unusual rom com pairing, but it sounds like it really works. To be sure, the concept of the latter running for President is compelling. Jonathan Levine directs a screenplay by Liz Hannah and Dan Sterling. Yves Bélanger is behind the camera handling the cinematography, while the score is from Marco Beltrami and Miles Hankins. Supporting players include O’Shea Jackson Jr., Bob Odenkirk, Ravi Patel, Randall Park, June Diane Raphael, Andy Serkis, Alexander Skarsgård, and more.

Here are some of the responses to Long Shot from SXSW:

Stay tuned for much more on Long Shot in the months to come as it builds buzz before its May release date!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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