Peter Bart: ‘Long Shot’ Is Rom-Com With Hints Of Politics Past And Maybe The Future

Peter Bart: ‘Long Shot’ Is Rom-Com With Hints Of Politics Past And Maybe The Future
In the new rom-com Long Shot, Charlize Theron is cast as a liberal politico and Seth Rogen as a frowsy journalist locked together in a chaotic, and comedic, run for the presidency. The film won’t ignite Marvel-like box office numbers, but it may strike a chord with Hollywood Democrats, who already look upon the 2020 election with a certain dread given the prospect of attending fundraisers for 23 prospective nominees.

In Long Shot, the portrayal of Theron’s candidacy would likely make Hollywood constituents comfortable. She’s also the sort of female power figure that critics yearn for (the New York Times gave her performance a rave). Though a forceful advocate of her cause, however, she’s also a politician whose positions waver in keeping with the polls. Indeed her fuzzy-minded, from-the-heart policy pronouncements remind me less of a Kamala Harris than of the young Ronald Reagan.

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