Fred (Seth Rogen) is a passionate journalist who also has a witty sense of humour. Fred decides to quit his job, and his best friend takes him out to an exclusive event in hopes it will help cheer him up. At this event, Fred gets reunited with the stunning Charlotte (Charlize Theron) who is currently running to be the next president.
Fred and Charlotte have nothing in common other than that Charlotte used to babysit Fred when he was a little boy. He naturally has an embarrassing past with her. Fred gets offered a job to work on Charlotte’s speeches, and the two develop a new close (and yet humorous) romantic relationship.
The chemistry between our two leads is fun. Actor Seth Rogen delivers yet again the same type of character we have seen before. You know what I mean- the witty yelling, drug references and crude sense of humour. But to find Charlize Theron on screen in this type of loose comedy genre was great to see. Naturally, the two actors are stronger when they are both on-screen together. Take Seth Rogen away from Charlize Theron, and our scenes become less exciting (and vice versa).
As a plot, sadly, nothing is new. A boy falls in love with the beautiful girl who seems out of reach. Even when I knew what expect from this film going into the cinema, I can’t deny that I still found myself having a few laughs. Apart of me wishes that this film was a little more different than the standard crude type of humour that Seth Rogan is always well known for or maybe I’m just too picky. I would love to see something different from him in films one day,
Other side characters also manage to do well here, and huge credit must go out to the actor Andy Serkis who I didn’t even recognise until the 3rd act (well played good sir!).
As far as pace, the start feels snappy and moves along with the right feel, but this all slows right down when our two leads are not in the same room. I will also state the film’s 3rd act, and the final climax goes on way too long and seriously deserved some attention in the editing room floor.
Overall, I feel most Seth Rogan fans will know what to expect here: crude and yet witty humour, this time shared with a stunning Academy Award-winning actress, Charlize Theron. The two have great chemistry, but the film suffers whenever they are away from each other. The film’s pacing, particularly the 3rd and final act, drags on far too long. Otherwise, as a film, there isn’t much here that is new for viewers.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden