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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Documentary is about an innocent man charged with murder who is proven innocent through extraordinary good fortune.
Positive Role Models
The lawyer who saves his client from death row displays an incredible amount of tenacity in the interest of serving justice.
Violence & Scariness
Close-ups of a woman's body lying dead on the street. Talk of an execution-style murder.
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Infrequent profanity: "f--k," "bulls--t," "ass."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Long Shot is a 2017 documentary about a man acquitted from a crime he didn't commit through an extraordinary set of circumstances. There's infrequent profanity, including use of "f--k." The murder scene is shown up close, including the body of a woman lying dead on the street. Overall, this documentary should inspire discussion among families about the criminal justice system, and what happens when people are falsely accused and charged of crimes they didn't commit. Furthermore, the idea of fate and how it connects to the extraordinary set of circumstances shown in this documentary could be a worthy topic of conversation as well. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This documentary unfolds an extraordinary set of circumstances with economy and skill. While true stories of innocent men charged with crimes they didn't commit facing death row are common and often tragic beyond all comprehension, this documentary shows a happy ending so incredible as to seem fated. The twist in the story is almost unbelievable, and the fact that this particular show and actor were involved makes it both all the more incredible, and also provides some much-needed levity in the midst of a terrible situation.
While Long Shot does provide closure as to what happened after Catalan's miraculous acquittal, some questions remain unanswered -- but maybe that's the point. For instance, the prosecutor of the case displays very little remorse over what happened, and even when Catalan's attendance at Dodger Stadium is clearly proven, she still isn't convinced. Is this a product of the mindset needed to be a prosecutor in the criminal justice system? A reflection of systemic racism in the courts? Or something else? That's the ultimate takeaway from this documentary: What would have happened to Catalan had certain cameras not been in the right place at the right time?
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