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Long Shot | 2019 | R | – 7.4.10

content-ratingsWhy is “Long Shot” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “strong sexual content, language throughout and some drug use.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few sex scenes and implied sex scenes that include partial nudity, and cleavage revealing outfits; an explosion and gunfire during a diplomatic event with a couple of injuries and a little blood, a hostage negotiation, a hate-filled white supremacist meeting, and drug use and frequent alcohol use; and over 140 F-words. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


When an influential, accomplished diplomat (Charlize Theron) decides to run for president of the US, she enlists the help of an old friend (Seth Rogen), a free-spirited journalist who’s had a crush on her since childhood, to write her speeches and make her seem more genuine. In the process they get to know each other better, and romance blossoms with unexpected consequences. Also with June Diane Raphael, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Ravi Patel, Bob Odenkirk and Andy Serkis. Directed by Jonathan Levine. A few phrases are spoken in French without translation. [Running Time: 2:05]

Long Shot SEX/NUDITY 7

 – A man and a woman kiss passionately, lie back on a bed, take their pants off and have sex with the man thrusting briefly and they both yell, “Oh boy” as they climax; the man is shown shirtless with his bare chest, abdomen and back shown and the woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A man and a woman dance and hold each other closely, they kiss and lie on a bed and begin to have sex: the woman turns on her stomach (they are both clothed) and tells the man what she wants him to do, including slapping and choking (he seems unsure) and the scene ends. A man on a video is shown unfastening his pants, applying lotion to his hands, masturbating (below the frame) and ejaculating (we see ejaculate on his beard). A man describes an embarrassing moment from his young teens when he became aroused after kissing his teen babysitter and her boyfriend mocked him over it (we see a flashback and the boy’s erection is shown in his sweat pants).
 A man and woman kiss on a sidewalk. A man and woman kiss a few times. A man and a woman kiss very briefly and they are interrupted. A man tries to kiss a woman’s cheeks and she pulls away.
 A man and woman dance a tango together as a crowd watches and cheers. A man asks a woman to go back to his room as he slurps oysters in a restaurant. A man asks a woman to leave a party and get a quiet drink together; she is distracted by a song that she likes and they dance and then part ways. A man and a woman stand closely together for a photo. A man and woman leave an event and dance alone in an empty dining room.
 A woman reads a cocktail napkin that says, “I have a crush on you,” written by a man and she tells him that she has a crush on him too. A video shows a man calling a woman on the phone and asking if she wants to come to his room to have sex real quick. Several references are made to trying to arrange for a man and a woman to become a couple. A man tells a woman that she is “Looking hotter than usual.” A woman talks about flirting with and making out with the Canadian Prime Minister. A comment is made about a woman having a big brain and “a couple of other assets.” A reference is made to a “porn hub.” A man makes a comment about “seven minutes in heaven.” A man and a woman ask each other what their favorite sexual position is. A man jokes about having had sex with Fidel Castro. A man repeats, “I am worthy of love.” A woman talks to another woman about how her relationship with a man would poll with likely voters. There are discussions of presidential infidelities and tunnels in the White House that are used for mistresses to get in and out unnoticed.
 A woman comes out of a man’s room and the man is seen wearing an open shirt and underwear (partial bare chest is seen and sex is implied). Several men at a white supremacist meeting lift their shirts to reveal swastika tattoos (we see bare chest and abdomens). A woman wears a tight-fitting dress that accentuates her curves. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals her bare back. Several women’s dresses reveal cleavage, bare backs and partial legs in a few scenes. Women wear blouses that open in front to reveal cleavage and partial bras. Many women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage and bare backs at an event.


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Long Shot VIOLENCE/GORE 4

 - Explosives blow up in and near a building and gunfire breaks out; a man and a woman hide in a pantry and rubble falls on security people, and the man and the woman are shown carrying the injured security guards away and they have some bloody scratches. A man at a white supremacist meeting is discovered to be a journalist and the members of the group are enraged and tell him, "You're gonna die"; the man jumps out of a window and lands on the roof of a car below, bounces off and crashes onto the sidewalk; he then gets up and runs away. A man falls down a long flight of stairs and lands on his face on the floor (we see this fall repeated on social media and people laugh).
 Several men are shown at a white supremacists gathering where they talk about being the "voice of America" and make several offensive remarks about Jewish people and repeat a violent chant. Men at a white supremacist gathering do the Nazi salute several times. Several men at a white supremacist meeting lift their shirts to reveal swastika tattoos (we see bare chest and abdomens). A man says, "I almost died."
 An inebriated woman (she's the US Secretary of State) is taken to a situation room where she negotiates the release of a hostage from a foreign country; the representative of that country complains to her that she has ordered planes to spy on his country. A woman tells a man, "I'll have you thrown in Gitmo." A man quits his job and says, "Journalism died today." A man confronts another man about his wealth and control of the media. A group of people evaluate a woman's "fitness" as a candidate and remark about several issues including the way she waves. A sarcastic remark is made about hurricanes being caused by gay marriage. A man talks about being at "rock bottom." A man and a woman run into a dining room where people are eating a formal meal and the man takes a laptop and throws it into the snow outside. A man tells a woman that "we need to kill the trees." References are made to a woman being "unfit to hold the presidency."
 A woman falls asleep while her tub is filling with water and it floods onto the floor. A woman stands quietly in a plane and jumps when a man taps her on the shoulder and she says that she was napping (her eyes were open). A woman panics when she sees "skewered foods" at a reception and complains that she cannot eat them because they make her look like an animal.
 A woman talks about having "Delhi belly" and that she ruined an expensive bag because she was in a car and they couldn't stop anywhere. A woman chews food off a skewer while hiding behind a man and a woman then spits part of the chicken out when another man approaches them. A woman spits water out. A man asks a woman if she "puked."


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Long Shot LANGUAGE 10

 - About 142 F-words and its derivatives, 23 sexual references, 64 scatological terms, 19 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, many derogatory references to Jewish people in a white supremacist meeting, name-calling (freaks, stupid, reckless, crazy, sick, gross, inexperienced, cave man, strange little kid, idiots, bully, cracker, losers, terrorist, normal, Captain Crunch Grinder date, jerks, evil people with evil agendas, cool, racist, judgmental, aloof, too smart), exclamations (wow, calm the Smurf down, don't be gross, oh boy, jeez, oh man, trippin'), 4 religious profanities (G [F-word deleted] D, GD), 43 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh God, God, Jesus, Thank God, God Bless You, Holy [scatological term deleted], GOP and GOD, Oh My God, Jesus [F-word deleted] Christ, Holy [F-word deleted]). | profanity glossary |


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Long Shot SUBSTANCE USE

 - A woman tells a man that she wants to "smoke a Molly with you," a woman tells a man to get her a Molly, a man and a woman take a Molly with glasses of alcohol and they act inebriated, a woman asks for more Molly and she and a man each take another after they've each had one earlier, a man empties his pockets at a security check and we see several drugs and drug paraphernalia that he explains are prescription, two men drink from beverage cans that they have mixed CBD oil into, and woman asks if a man is high. Men smoke and drink at a gathering, several men drink shots at a gathering, people drink champagne and liquor at a reception, people drink at a formal dinner, people drink at several events, a woman drinks a glass of wine, a man and woman hold and drink beers, a man a woman drink wine with a meal, two men drink beers in a bar, and a man drinks frozen Tequila from a Ziploc bag. A man smokes a cigarette outside a formal gathering, and a woman smokes a cigarette in a situation room.


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Long Shot DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Politics, democracy, making a difference, propaganda, environmental issues, compromising one's values and principles, terrorism, social dynamics, fracking, nostalgia, regrets, women serving as President of the United States, happiness.

Long Shot MESSAGE

 - Politics seems to make it difficult for people to hold onto the things they really believe despite outside influences.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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