All species need to mate in order to ensure their continued survival. And yet, despite being at the top of the food chain, humans can be notoriously bad at it. That’s not to say that all humans are bad at the dating game – some of them can be dark horses in the dating world, like Fred (Seth Rogen) in Long Shot.

Being a romantic comedy, it’s no secret that Fred manages to score Charlotte (Charlize Theron) in Long Shot – but it’s how he gets there that’s pretty amazing. He’s a lot better at the dating game than we think – and some of us think that we’re pretty good at it! Do you think you could do better if you were in Fred’s shoes? Take our quiz and find out.

 

 

1. What is the best way to ask someone out on the first date?

Ask and you shall receive. Sometimes. Credit: Beyond Ages

Ask and you shall receive. Sometimes. Credit: Beyond Ages

Free tip: The game begins even before you go on your first date. In fact, it hinges on whether you can get them to go out with you on a first date. 

A. Like all of their Facebook posts and pictures, then text them “Wan 2 go out wif me?”

B. Ask them how their day was on WhatsApp, then gently ask if they’re free to go out on a date.

C. Create a path of rose petals that leads to a diamond-studded envelope, which contains a sonnet and a handwritten invitation for your date.

 

2. Where is the perfect place to go for your first date?

Going to Bermuda is a good idea. Going to the Bermuda Triangle is not. Credit: Thinking of Bermuda

Going to Bermuda is a good idea. Going to the Bermuda Triangle is not. Credit: Thinking of Bermuda

Free tip: You know what they say in real estate: location, location, location. It also applies to the dating game. 

A. 7-11! Got Ready-to-Eat meals, got microwave oven, got wine, everything also got. Cheap also!

B. A casual dining restaurant, or a good deal that you found on the Entertainer App.

C. A quiet, well-lit place by the ocean. I’ll prepare a 10-course meal and hire a violinist to serenade us.

 

3. How should you text after your first date?

Dating relies a lot on phones these days. Credit: For Your Marriage

Dating relies a lot on phones these days. Credit: For Your Marriage

Free tip: Remember to follow up after a night to remember! Hopefully, it’s remembered for all the right reasons.

A. Take unglam photos of my date as he or she is leaving and immediately send it to them, complete with a LOL.

B. Text the next day, telling them what a wonderful time you had.

C. Compose a beautiful sonnet about the date, record a recital of it and send it to them that very night.

 

4. What you should talk about on your first date?

Do you know what to say on your date? Credit: David Wygant

Do you know what to say on your date? Credit: David Wygant

Free tip: The right words can make all the difference.

A. Ask her what movie he or she hasn’t watched before – then tell them spoilers! Tell them who dies. It’ll be hilarious!

B. Current affairs or pop culture news.

C. Conduct research on his or her interests, then bring up relevant and engaging topics during the date.

 

5. What is a good pre-dinner activity? 

Seth Rogen as Fred Flarsky and Charlize Theron as Charlotte Field in Long Shot. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Seth Rogen as Fred Flarsky and Charlize Theron as Charlotte Field in Long Shot. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Free tip: You might want to do something else besides eating.

A. Skydiving! Wakeboarding! Actually any extreme sport is good. I heard adrenaline increases attraction **wink wink**

B. A movie, a museum visit, or any other relaxing activity.

C. A stroll along a rose petal path by the ocean, with the waves gently lapping at our feet.

 

6. How would you compliment your date? 

Charlize Theron as Charlotte Field and Seth Rogen as Fred Flarsky in Long Shot. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Charlize Theron as Charlotte Field and Seth Rogen as Fred Flarsky in Long Shot. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Free tip: Everyone likes to be noticed and praised.

A. Just keep quiet and lick my lips. That should be a strong enough message.

B. “That’s a nice outfit you’re wearing today.”

C. “I almost didn’t realise it was you, because you look exactly like [famous celebrity] today.”

 

7. You’re in the middle of your first date and you need to go the loo. It’s a big one. What do you do?

No, toilets are not romantic. Credit: Gizmodo

No, toilets are not romantic. Credit: Gizmodo

Free tip: The call of nature sometimes takes more than a couple of minutes. Make sure your date has some place comfortable to wait.

A. Go home and take a dump. My toilet at home is so much more comfortable anyway.

B. Make my excuses, then apologise for taking a long time later.

C. Hold it in by devoting all my attention to my date’s eyes.

 

8. You receive an urgent phone call from your boss in the middle of your date. What do you do?

Charlize Theron as Charlotte Field in Long Shot. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Charlize Theron as Charlotte Field in Long Shot. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Free tip: Your date might not know it’s your boss. Don’t let her think that you’re more interested in the phone conversation than her.

A. Pick it up and answer, of course! If I don’t work, how will I pay for our date?

B. Make my excuses and answer the call away from the table, but keep it short.

C. My phone wouldn’t be on.

 

9. Social media rules?

You could be liking each other's Instagram posts. Credit: Glamour

You could be liking each other’s Instagram posts. Credit: Glamour

Free tip: Because you’re reading this from social media, aren’t you? Stop right now.

A. Follow my date on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and message my date every time I see a new post.

B. Only follow if my date mentions social media more than once and explicitly tells me his or her social media handle.

C. Quietly listen out for my date’s social media handle, secretly buy 100,000 followers for him or her, then act surprised at how popular they are online.

 

10. What is your reaction if your date rejects you?

Alexander Skarsgård as James Steward in Long Shot. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Alexander Skarsgård as James Steward in Long Shot. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Free tip: Sometimes things go south. Be emotionally prepared when that happens.

A. Throw a hissy fit and scream at them. How dare they waste your time like that?

B. It’s understandable to feel hurt and to express your emotions. But you can still be friends.

C. Some love will go unrequited forever. But you will never stop pining for your date.

 

Quiz Results

Mostly A’s: You’re a terrible date. If you don’t end up bearing offspring, the human race might be better for it.

Mostly B’s: You’re the perfect date – even better than Fred!

Mostly C’s: You’re kind of laying it on a little thick there… ease up, in case you get sued for harassment.

Long Shot. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Long Shot. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

So how did you perform on our dating quiz – would you be an absolutely amazing date to go out with? If you want advanced dating tips though, you might want to learn from a pro like Fred, who’s a free-spirited journalist in Long Shot. Unfortunately, he’s also a magnet for trouble – which presents problems when he starts trying to court President-to-be Charlotte (Charlize Theron) in the film. What exactly does he do to win her heart? How did he manage to do it, despite it being such a Long Shot?

We don’t know, but we’re eager to find out how in Long Shot.

Credits: Golden Village Cinemas, Beyond Ages, Thinking of Bermuda, Glamour, Gizmodo, For Your Marriage, David Wygant

 

 

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