It's fair to say that 2019 hasn't been a particularly remarkable year for studio comedies so far, and by this time last year, audiences had already been blessed with the one-two punch of the hilarious Game Night and Blockers.
But along comes Long Shot to break the drought. The latest effort from director Jonathan Levine (50/50, The Night Before) yet again re-teams him with Seth Rogen for a ludicrously entertaining and unexpectedly poignant rom-com that's just smart enough to stand apart from the pack.
Originally titled Flarsky, the film stars Rogen as unemployed journalist Fred Flarsky, who reconnects with his former babysitter, Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron), who just so happens to be the U.S. Secretary of State. A romance blooms, but can it survive the harsh world of politics?
Between its socially relevant themes and a killer performance from Theron, who continues to prove there's nothing she can't do on-screen, this is a rare studio comedy that manages to say something without sacrificing one ounce of its charm in the process.
It's not a perfect movie, but if you're in the market for a switched-on rom-com that doesn't talk down to its audience, you should look no further...