At The Movies: Long Story Short

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Rating: 4/5

Josh Lawson achieves a lot with ‘Long Story Short’, which manages to be an anxiety-inducing, yet funny and romantic reminder about the shrinking nature of time.

Teddy, a classic procrastinator stuck in a job he can’t make sense of, is handed a ‘gift’ by a wise old lady in a cemetery right before his wedding; a gift that shows him his next 10 wedding anniversaries in quick succession, reminiscent of both ‘Groundhog Day’ and ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’.

Unable to escape the rapid passage of time, in which he experiences heartbreak, divorce, fatherhood, and most importantly, the realisation that his time is precious – Teddy comes to realise what is truly important.

Rafe Spall as Teddy brings dry and sarcastic humour to the film, while also displaying brilliant chemistry with his co-star, Zahra Newman, who portrays his vulnerable – yet fiercely independent – wife Leanne.

They are joined by Ronny Chieng as Sam, Teddy’s well-meaning and funny best friend, and Noni Hazelhurst as the nameless ‘witch’ who gifts Teddy with the wake-up call of passing time.

The supernatural aspect of the film comes across a little cheesy, but this is made up for with many bright and poignant moments, and an overall reminder that time is precious.

See Long Story Short at Hoyts Penrith.

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