Watch at Home: ‘Long Shot’ & more from female filmmakers

Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) and Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) in Long Shot.
Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) and Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) in LONG SHOT. Photo Credit: Hector Alvarez.

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services.
Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 7/31/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):

  • 15 Minutes of War – Ileana Epsztajn (co-writer)
  • Coyote Lake – Sara Seligman (director/co-writer)
  • Long Shot – Liz Hannah (co-writer)
  • UglyDolls – Alison Peck (writer)


This week’s selection is Long ShotLong Shot is the most hysterical political romantic comedy in years.
Brooklyn Advocate journalist Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) is the type of muckraker known for making trouble.  He’s a dedicated journalist who will do whatever it takes to get the story even if it means jumping out of a window.  This is a journalist who is very outspoken in his beliefs especially when it comes to media conglomerates.  When Parker Wembley’s (Andy Serkis) Wembley Media purchases the paper, Flarsky quits his job.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) learns that President Chambers (Bob Odenkirk) is not seeking reelection.  An endorsement from him would open up her path to the presidency. Chambers, a Golden Globe-winning actor for his role as a president, is seeking to transition to film.  This is easier said than done of course–what with George Clooney and Woody Harrelson being among the few to pull it off.
Much to his surprise, Flarsky reunites with his childhood crush and babysitter at a Boys II Men concert of all places.  Charlotte is there because of the attractive Canadian Prime Minister (Alexander Skarsgård) while Flarsky’s friend, (O’Shea Jackson Jr.) brings him to get things off of his mind.  There’s something about Fred that leads Charlotte to hire him as a speechwriter.  This goes against the advice of her team, Maggie (June Diane Raphael) and Tom (Ravi Patel).

While Charlotte tours the world in hopes of getting countries to sign onto her environmental plan, the two of them start hanging out frequently.  One thing leads to another and the next thing we know, the Secretary of State is solving a crisis situation under the most surprising circumstances.

Blending romantic comedy, politics, and the fish-out-of-water genre, and politics, Long Shot is a laugh riot and the political romantic comedy for a new generation.  I hope you have as much fun as I did.

Please click HERE for my full review.

© Danielle Solzman (07/31/19) FF2 Media
Featured photos from Long Shot EPK
Photo Credits: Hector Alvarez

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Danielle Solzman is a Chicago-based film critic and an aspiring filmmaker if she can ever put enough time aside to work on her feature-length trans-led political comedy script. When not in Chicago, she attends various film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and Toronto. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a BA in Public Relations while earning a Masters in Media Communications from Webster University after writing a thesis paper on comic books against the backdrop of the American political culture.
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