Parents' Guide to

Long Story Short

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Playful romcom about life priorities has lots of swearing.

Movie R 2021 90 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Amazing movie! i recommend for 13 because of bad words.

Amazing movie! my 12 and 13 year old boys loved it, their are a few f bombs but other then that nothing teens can’t handle! i just talked with them about how that’s not to good and it was fine they loved it! very inspiring movie, can be enjoyed by all teens who can handle that!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Josh Lawson's romantic comedy about a wedding present for a guy whose priorities are askew is a truly funny, heartwarming comedy. Nothing is unusual about the way Teddy is written: He's a slightly more evolved man-child. But the way Spall plays Teddy makes him mesmerizing and connects us to his plight. Spall is one of Edgar Wright's mainstays, and Teddy's droll banter with his love (Newman), best friend (Ronny Chieng), and ex (Dena Kaplan) is reminiscent of the authentic yet hilarious style we've come to love from Wright's dynamic duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

Yes, there are plenty of the expected romcom elements in Long Story Short. But even as Teddy gets weary of his forced time-jumping, the concept never feels forced, and the story doesn't get tired. Sure, the busy partner/parent who's too career obsessed to enjoy the true loves of his life is a total cliche, except for one thing: It's a real-life trap that many people get sucked into. The time-travel romance genre continues to prove that getting swept away in a fantasy that somehow relates to our own lives is an effective device. The place where a lack of creativity is felt is in the script's overreliance on "f--k" as an adjective, noun, verb, and adverb. It's the only thing that prevents this film from being appropriate for a broader age range. Persistent profanity in dialogue that would othewise be smart? Now, that's tired.

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