A CHILDHOOD crush blossoms into seemingly impossible romance in director Jonathan Levine’s comedy of burning political ambitions and shameless media intrusion.

Long Shot slinks through the corridors of power in Washington DC in the company of an odd couple – a glamorous political heavyweight and a slovenly journalist – whose undeniable sexual chemistry threatens to derail a bid for the White House. Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen are impeccably cast, generating sparks with every lingering glance and zinging one-liner.

The script promotes a manifesto of satirical sideswipes and heartfelt emotion, aiming barbs at Donald Trump, Rupert Murdoch and Justin Trudeau in between eye-catching set-pieces including a modern update of the hair gel scene from There’s Something About Mary.

Considering the soap operas currently unfolding in Westminster and on Capitol Hill, perhaps Sterling and Hannah’s breathless romp isn’t so outlandish.

When he was 13, journalist Fred Flarsky (Rogen) fell hopelessly under the spell of his 16-year-old babysitter.

Decades later, the girl of his hormone-addled dreams, Charlotte Field (Theron), is Secretary of State for the United States, who has just been endorsed by President Chambers (Bob Odenkirk) as his successor.

If Charlotte wasn’t unattainable before, she is now, embroiled in a gruelling campaign with key staff Maggie (June Diane Raphael) and Tom (Ravi Patel).

While Charlotte juggles diplomatic hot potatoes with effortless grace, Fred quits his job rather than churn out articles for odious media mogul Parker Wembley (Andy Serkis).

Fred drowns his sorrows with best friend Lance (O’Shea Jackson Jr) at a party in honour of the World Wildlife Fund, where he is unexpectedly reunited with Charlotte.

She needs an idealist to add verbal firepower to her speeches and asks Fred to join her on the long and winding road to the White House.

Theron and Rogen are a delightful double-act, oozing charm as they navigate the more preposterous aspects of their characters’ emotional growth.

Political correctness, gender parity and climate change are easy targets for the scriptwriters and they land punchlines with forcible precision.

Levine’s film gets my vote.

RATING: 7.5/10