‘Long Story Short’ Review: Fast Forward to the End

The British TV comedy “Spaced” had a recurring bit the place Simon Pegg would half-apologetically remind his chatty buddy to hurry up her story: “Skip to the end?” The similar urge got here to thoughts whereas watching the Australian romantic comedy “Long Story Short,” which is sort of a recurring bit at function size.

It’s a what-if story: Teddy (Rafe Spall), a workaholic, will get cursed with previewing how his life will prove, one yr at a time. The fast-forwarding begins after his marriage ceremony night time. He wakes up to discover his spouse, Leanne (Zahra Newman), pregnant and their home absolutely furnished. Baffled, he asks stunned questions and will get stunned responses. Soon he’s leaping to one other yr, and one other, and one other. The child turns into a toddler; Leanne’s frustrations with Teddy worsen; separation, an previous flame, and a strong bearded interval for Teddy observe.

Spall summons a type of early Ryan Reynolds haplessness, speaking a mile a minute whereas catching up. But a sheepish pall steadily creeps over the entire endeavor (written and directed by Josh Lawson, who’s additionally in the film), and it doesn’t assist that the wanly drawn Leanne may use her personal film to snap out of her personal character’s malaise independently.

The risks of going by means of life on autopilot are clear early on, although the film offers Teddy’s buddy Sam (Ronny Chieng) most cancers to drive the lesson residence. It’s a little bit of a torturous premise for Teddy — one lengthy I-told-you-so — and though Lawson reveals mercy by the finish, I started to want the bliss of complete day-to-day oblivion for the man.

Long Story Short
Rated R. Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes. In theaters and out there to lease or purchase on Apple TV, Google Play and different streaming platforms and pay TV operators.