A funny, feel-good, “nerd gets the girl” kind of movie, “Long Shot,” has been released to rental outlets this week.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen, “Knocked Up” and “Superbad”) is a gifted and free-spirited journalist with an affinity for trouble. Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron, “Tully” and “Mad Max”) is one of the most influential women in the world.
Smart, sophisticated, and accomplished, she’s a powerhouse diplomat with a talent for 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 glamorous 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.
Over 80 percent of critics who reviewed the movie on the Rotten Tomatoes website, gave the film a fresh rating.
“(The film) is a hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy that will have audiences howling in shock and awwww,” said top critic Kristy Puchko with “Guardian.”
“Rogen’s off-kilter charm and jocularity pair well with Theron’s elegance and wit,” added top critic Yolanda Machado with “TheWrap.”
On the other side of things, top critic Peter Debruge with “Variety” said, “bound to embarrass everyone a year or so down the road, once the think pieces have picked it apart.”
Other stars in the show include, O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton” and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”), Alexander Skarsgard (“Tarzan” and “Big Little Lies”) and Andy Serkis (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”)
Directed by Jonathan Levine, the film is rated R for strong sexual content, language throughout and some drug use.
Other films released to rental outlets this week included:
n “The Intruder,” directed by Deon Taylor and starring Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, Dennis Quaid and Joseph Sikora. When a young married couple buys their dream house in the Napa Valley, they think they have found the perfect home to take their next steps as a family. But when the strangely attached seller continues to infiltrate their lives, they begin to suspect that he has hidden motivations beyond a quick sale.
This film is rated PG-13 for violence, terror, some sexuality, language and thematic elements.
n “UglyDolls,” directed by Kelly Asbury and staring Emma Roberts, Kelly Clarkson, Gabriel Iglesias and Nick Joans. In the adorably different town of Uglyville, weird is celebrated, strange is special and beauty is embraced as more than simply meets the eye. Here, the free-spirited Moxy (Clarkson) and her UglyDoll friends live every day in a whirlwind of bliss, letting their freak flags fly in a celebration of life and its endless possibilities.
The show is rated PG for thematic elements and brief action.