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 »
It's stated that Charlotte Field is the youngest US Secretary of State ever. Though her age isn't directly stated, it is implied she is 41, as Fred states she was 16 when she babysat him 25 years prior. Richard Rush served in 1817 when he was 37, and Edmund Randolph served in 1794 when he was 40. 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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It's fun to root for the underdog. It's also fun to watch Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron try to one up each other in vulgar jokes and funny antics. This film doesn't try to surprise you. It's more focused on sweeping you up in its layered story and sharp humor. I enjoyed seeing a seemingly one-sided film like this try to put forth a good message about compromising with those who have different views than you. You honestly have to be pretty jaded and bitter to not find some enjoyment in a feel-good story like this.
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