Journalist Fred Flarsky reunites with his childhood crush, Charlotte Field, now one of the most influential women in the world. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly.
On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM. - this streetwise fourteen-year-old foster kid can turn into the grown-up superhero Shazam.
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 glamourous 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.
Paul Scheer's newscaster character makes a comment about not wanting his wife to be a female president. In real life, he is married to June Diane Raphael, who plays Maggie in this film. See more »
Referring to Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall, Charlotte says "I couldn't believe khaleesi's dragon came out as a White Walker!". Actually, Viserion was reanimated as a wight, not as a White Walker. See more »
[as Fred is talking about the Northern Lights, Charlotte notices that his voice is becoming choked]
Are you crying?
... It's pretty.
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I so desperately wanted to like this comedy, it was a carefully worked out script, I did laugh in places, both Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen gave it their all, we had a good ensemble played especially well by Alexander Skarsgard and Andy Serkis that really raised this movie up albeit fleetingly.
So what was it I didn't like!
Both Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen were totally miscast, her icy Nordic look really does not lend itself to comedy or indeed romance, and his nerdy idiot principled persona just grated. The two of them trying to inject some life into this dead horse of a relationship just didn't work as there just was no believable chemistry and I am not even clear if these actors like each other.
If you can suspend any critical faculties you have for 2 hours and 5 minutes then you may enjoy this movie, I was mildly entertained whilst I watched it but just felt cheated afterwards.
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