The Dove Take:
If it’s a long shot for a woman to be elected president of the United States or a wacky speechwriter to kindle romance with such a candidate, it’s an even longer shot that Dove audiences will find much redeeming about this flick.
When Fred Flarsky reunites with his first crush, one of the most influential women in the world, Charlotte Field, he charms her. As she prepares to make a run for the presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter, and sparks fly.
Bob Odenkirk, the star of Better Call Saul, is the increasingly reluctant president of the United States who won’t seek a second term. He opens the door for his hand-picked successor, Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron), but she’s going to need help with her image. Enter Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen), a journalist whose publication has been bought out and who now must ply his trade elsewhere. Field needs a speechwriter; Flarsky needs a job. They come back together. She was his babysitter crush decades before, but it’s a long shot as to whether she’ll win the highest office or if he’ll win her heart.
What follows is a raunchfest rom-com full of crude jokes, suggestive sex and darn near every profanity imaginable. One of the characters suggests Field and Flarsky are like the movie Pretty Woman—”only she’s Richard Gere and you’re Julia Roberts!” A less kindly character suggests to Field that a union with Flarsky “would destroy your entire career.”
This movie, which soooooo deserves its R-rating, may not destroy your entire day. But unless raunchy rom-coms are your thing, you’ll never recoup the two hours you spend watching it.