By Chris Dugopolski
This film Is one of my favorite romantic comedies and I grew up on Doris Day. This romantic comedy has a role reversal. Academy Award winner Charlize Theron has the Cary Grant, Rock Hudson, or other tall suave leading man role. She plays the current Secretary of State, Charlotte Field, who is planning to run for president. Her portrayal is spot on. She is elegant, sophisticated and very presidential.
Seth Rogan has the Doris Day role. He plays an out-of-work journalist, Fred Flarsky, who just happens to have known the Secretary of State when he was in middle school
and she was his baby sitter. He has had a crush on her ever since. Fred, unexpectedly runs into Charlotte and she hires him to be her speechwriter.
Rogan is a better actor than writer because his comedies are usually so full of the f-bomb and other vulgarities that they get in the way of the story.
The story is very current. Charlotte is trying to broker a worldwide climate deal and she deals with an inept president.
This is very much a sophisticated romantic comedy written by Dan Sterling and Liz Hannah; the story by Dan Sterling.
It was directed by Jonathan Levine.
My only complaint occurs very early in the movie when Fred jumps out of a window and lands on the sidewalk at least one story below. He is hardly injured and walks away just like Wiley Coyote.
However, this was a very enjoyable movie.