LONG STORY SHORT Film Review July 1, 2021 Eclectic Arts

Long Story Short

Saban Films
Reviewed: 7/1/2021

Rating: 4.5 / 5

In Theaters, On Demand and Digital on July 2, 2021.

(Saban Films)

The new film “Long Story Short” mixes the beloved tales of “what if” (think “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Carol”) with a modern, relatable twist. If you were to wake up tomorrow and exactly one year had passed, what would you do?

Teddy (played by Rafe Spall) is always looking to make money and procrastinate. His favorite word is later. Through a chance encounter he wakes up on the day of his anniversary one year later. This keeps happening after minutes go by where he is another year into his future. He sees how his life has changed (mainly for the worse) and can’t understand what’s going on.

((L-R)Zahra Newman as Leanne and Rafe Spall as Teddy in the romantic comedy film, LONG STORY SHORT, a Saban Films release. Photo courtesy of Brook Rushton.)

Rafe Spall is in every scene in this film. His comedic and dramatic acting chops are amazing to watch. He is the reason this film works so well.

“Long Story Short” really surprised me. I thought it was going to be a typical romantic comedy but it had much more to it than that. After the pandemic lockdown year we’ve all gone through, everyone has had time to reflect on their life. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons this film is so relatable.

I also found it inspiring. Tomorrow may never come so you have to do things now in the present. Why put something off “until later” when you can start doing it today?

“Long Story Short” was thoroughly enjoyable.


Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts

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