Film review by Steve Duffy –
Who would have thought that Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron would make the perfect pair?
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 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.
Theron is flawless in this “opposites attract” rom com. Charlize’s character stands her ground and doesn’t lower her standards to relate to Seth Rogen’s character. She is simply perfect in this role.
I will admit that I am not a fan of Rogen. I find him a bit annoying, even in this movie, but he was enjoyable to watch and was a perfect match for Theron.
The supporting cast is great. O’Shea Jackson Jr. is Rogen’s comical sidekick, but he needed more screen time. As President Chambers, Bob Odenkirk, had a lot of fun with his role. The wonderful June Diane Raphael plays Charlotte’s trusted advisor.
There is some crude humor in the film, but it is watered down a bit. There is a scene towards the end that gets a little obscene, so be prepared.
One would think that setting up Theron and Rogen together would be ridiculous, but it’s irresistibly charming.
Rating: R for strong sexual content, language throughout and some drug use
Runtime: 115 minutes