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Director Jonathan Levine’s mighty, even valiant, but still probably doomed struggle to make a rom-com for the post-Tinder era. So while it’s still a given that people will bang before they feel close enough for something so intimate as a date and a slow dance, there’s sort of a reason for it. See, she’s the Secretary of State and he’s her speechwriter as she prepares to announce a run for President, and they’re in the Philippines during a bit of civil unrest, and well, near-death experiences do tend to foment frantic fornication. And the requisite complications are sort of believable, too: he’s a crusading idealist wary of sellouts, she’s a politician who can’t help but make compromises on her path to power. (Or can she?) But the things that come closest to making it all work are the leads: Seth Rogen’s righteous wiseass bluster gets blunted by both love-interest Charlize Theron and best friend O’Shea Jackson, Jr. (this is a good thing), and absolutely nothing dims Theron’s star power (this is an even better thing). The political satire is a mess — think sledgehammer to watermelon rather than rapier to windbag — and the crassness winds up taking things from “keeping it real” to “yeah, that’s just a grossout dream of how things ought to be.” It may not work as a movie, but as a love story, it’s got great appeal. 2019.

Matthew Lickona

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AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Monday, May 20

12:10pm, 3:10pm, 6:15pm, 9:15pm

Tuesday, May 21

12:10pm, 3:10pm, 6:15pm, 9:15pm

Wednesday, May 22

12:10pm, 3:10pm, 6:15pm, 9:15pm

AMC La Jolla

8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Monday, May 20

3:00pm, 6:15pm, 9:50pm

Tuesday, May 21

12:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:15pm, 10:05pm

Wednesday, May 22

12:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:15pm, 9:50pm

AMC Mission Valley

1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Monday, May 20

12:40pm, 3:40pm, 6:40pm, 9:40pm

Tuesday, May 21

12:40pm, 3:40pm, 6:40pm, 9:40pm

Wednesday, May 22

12:40pm, 3:40pm, 6:40pm, 9:40pm

AMC Otay Ranch

2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Monday, May 20

2:45pm, 6:20pm

Tuesday, May 21

11:05am, 2:45pm, 6:20pm

Wednesday, May 22

2:45pm, 6:20pm

AMC Palm Promenade

770 Dennery Road, Chula Vista, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Monday, May 20

1:00pm, 4:05pm, 7:05pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, May 21

1:00pm, 4:05pm, 7:05pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, May 22

1:00pm, 4:05pm, 7:00pm, 10:00pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

3050 Plaza Bonita Road, National City, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Monday, May 20

12:45pm, 3:50pm, 6:50pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, May 21

10:10am, 1:00pm, 3:50pm, 6:50pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, May 22

12:45pm, 3:50pm, 6:50pm, 10:00pm

AMC Poway 10

13475 Poway Road, Poway, 858-646-9423 | Directions

Monday, May 20

12:15pm, 3:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:25pm

Tuesday, May 21

12:45pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm

Wednesday, May 22

12:15pm, 3:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:25pm

AMC Temecula 10

27531 Ynez Road, Temecula, CA, 951-699-4970 | Directions

Monday, May 20

2:05pm, 5:00pm, 8:15pm

Tuesday, May 21

10:00am, 12:45pm, 3:45pm, 6:45pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, May 22

11:00am, 2:05pm, 5:00pm, 8:15pm

Angelika Film Center & Café

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, 858-207-2606 | Directions

Monday, May 20

10:45pm

Tuesday, May 21

9:30am, 1:30pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:45pm

Wednesday, May 22

9:30am, 1:30pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:45pm

Thursday, May 23

9:30am, 1:30pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:45pm

ArcLight La Jolla

4425 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite H60, San Diego, 858-768-7770 | Directions

Monday, May 20

12:10pm, 2:40pm, 5:15pm, 8:05pm, 10:30pm

Tuesday, May 21

10:30am, 12:10pm, 2:40pm, 5:15pm, 8:05pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, May 22

10:30am, 12:10pm, 2:40pm, 5:15pm, 8:05pm, 10:30pm

Thursday, May 23

10:30am, 12:10pm, 2:40pm

Cinépolis Del Mar

12905 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858-794-4045 | Directions

Monday, May 20

3:00pm, 6:45pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, May 21

12:00pm, 2:30pm, 6:00pm, 9:00pm

Wednesday, May 22

12:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:45pm, 10:00pm

Cinépolis La Costa

6941 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 760-603-8638 | Directions

Monday, May 20

12:30pm, 3:45pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm

Tuesday, May 21

12:30pm, 4:25pm, 7:15pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, May 22

12:30pm, 3:45pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm

Cinépolis Vista

25 Main Street, Vista, 760-945-7469 | Directions

Monday, May 20

1:50pm, 4:40pm, 7:35pm, 10:25pm

Tuesday, May 21

11:00am, 1:50pm, 4:40pm, 7:35pm, 10:25pm

Wednesday, May 22

11:00am, 1:50pm, 4:40pm, 7:35pm, 10:25pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

10733 Westview Parkway, San Diego, 858-635-7716 | Directions

Monday, May 20

2:00pm, 5:00pm, 8:00pm, 11:00pm

Tuesday, May 21

11:00am, 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 8:00pm, 11:00pm

Wednesday, May 22

11:00am, 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 8:00pm, 11:00pm

LOT

7611 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA, 858-777-0069 | Directions

Monday, May 20

2:45pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm

Tuesday, May 21

11:45am, 2:45pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm

Wednesday, May 22

11:45am, 2:45pm, 5:45pm, 8:30pm

Thursday, May 23

11:45am, 2:45pm, 5:45pm, 8:30pm

LOT: Liberty Station

2620 Truxton Road, San Diego, 619-566-0069 | Directions

Monday, May 20

12:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm

Tuesday, May 21

12:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, May 22

10:45am, 1:45pm, 3:55pm, 6:55pm, 9:30pm

Thursday, May 23

10:45am, 1:45pm, 4:45pm

Reading Cinemas Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, 858-274-9994 | Directions

Monday, May 20

1:30pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:10pm

Tuesday, May 21

10:40am, 1:30pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:10pm

Wednesday, May 22

10:40am, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, 10:10pm

Thursday, May 23

10:00am, 12:45pm, 3:30pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 844-462-7342 | Directions

Monday, May 20

1:00pm, 4:10pm, 7:10pm, 10:10pm

Tuesday, May 21

1:00pm, 4:10pm, 7:10pm, 10:10pm

Wednesday, May 22

1:00pm, 4:10pm, 7:10pm, 10:10pm

Thursday, May 23

1:00pm, 4:00pm

Regal Escondido

350 West Valley Parkway, Escondido, 760-291-0119 | Directions

Monday, May 20

1:35pm, 4:25pm, 7:20pm, 10:15pm

Tuesday, May 21

10:55am, 1:35pm, 4:25pm, 7:20pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, May 22

10:55am, 1:35pm, 4:25pm, 7:20pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, May 23

10:55am, 1:35pm, 4:25pm, 7:20pm, 10:15pm

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, 760-439-1327 | Directions

Monday, May 20

1:10pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm

Tuesday, May 21

1:10pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm

Wednesday, May 22

1:10pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm

Thursday, May 23

1:10pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, 619-401-3456 | Directions

Monday, May 20

1:20pm, 4:10pm, 7:00pm, 9:50pm

Tuesday, May 21

10:30am, 1:20pm, 4:10pm, 7:00pm, 9:50pm

Wednesday, May 22

10:30am, 1:20pm, 4:10pm, 7:00pm, 9:50pm

Thursday, May 23

10:30am, 1:20pm, 4:10pm, 7:00pm, 9:50pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

1025 Tierra del Rey, Chula Vista, 619-216-4707 | Directions

Monday, May 20

12:50pm, 3:55pm, 6:55pm, 9:55pm

Tuesday, May 21

12:50pm, 3:55pm, 6:55pm, 9:55pm

Wednesday, May 22

12:50pm, 3:55pm, 6:50pm, 9:55pm

Thursday, May 23

12:50pm, 3:55pm, 10:05pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, 619-660-3483 | Directions

Monday, May 20

12:30pm, 3:45pm, 7:00pm, 10:00pm

Tuesday, May 21

12:30pm, 3:45pm, 7:00pm, 10:00pm

Wednesday, May 22

12:30pm, 3:45pm, 7:00pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, May 23

12:30pm, 3:45pm

Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, 760-471-3734 | Directions

Monday, May 20

3:10pm, 6:20pm, 10:25pm

Tuesday, May 21

11:50am, 3:10pm, 7:10pm, 10:25pm

Wednesday, May 22

11:50am, 3:10pm, 6:20pm, 9:30pm

South Bay Drive In

2170 Coronado Avenue, San Diego, 619-423-2727 | Directions

Monday, May 20

11:05pm

Tuesday, May 21

11:05pm

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