YMMV / The Long Kiss Goodnight

  • Acceptable Ethnic Targets: Subverted. The dead Arab is the scapegoat.
  • Complete Monster: Timothy is a sociopathic psychological operations agent who's the former lover, and target, of the amnesiac heroine. Early on, we see Timothy torturing a man who, knowing his reputation, just begs for a quick death. Timothy doesn't grant it. When pursuing his ex, Charlie, she uncovers his plan with his Knight Templar boss: to stage a terrorist attack and kill over four thousand Americans to "blame the Muslims" and get funding. While Leland is doing what he sees as right for the country in the end, Timothy is in for the money and the fun. When he has Charlie hostage with her 8-year-old daughter, he plans to throw them in a meat locker to freeze to death. Charlie informs him the girl, Caitlin, is Timothy's child. He confirms this by seeing she has his eyes—and then angrily locks her in the meat locker to die anyways.
  • The Chick: Mitch! Fittingly for a gender flipped Bourne/Bond movie, Samuel L Jackson fulfils this role by being almost completely useless until the final sequence (where he acts as getaway driver). While he has his heroic moments (such as trying to bluff Timothy that he'd called the cops and trying to rescue the kid), they're pretty much doomed to failure and end up hindering as much as helping Charlie.
  • Cult Classic: Although the film bombed at the box office, it does have a fanbase who consider it to be a very memorable action film with funny, clever dialogue.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Mr. Waldman, played by Brian Cox. He has about twenty minutes of screentime and gets the best lines in the movie.
  • Evil is Sexy: Craig Bierko as Timothy sure deserves some female fans.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Never, never use the peephole.
  • Genius Bonus: In one scene the President of the United States mentions that Chapter's missing agent (Charly) was trained in "counter-assassination". This may seem odd, since Charly is a straight-up assassin. However, in 1976 President Ford authorized an executive order that forbade U.S. intelligence agencies from taking part in assassinations. If Perkins told the President that Charly was an assassin he'd be admitting to breaking the law. But by telling the President that Charly was a "counter-assassination specialist" he would avoid implicating himself.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    Leland: 1993. World Trade Center bombing, remember? During the trial, one of the bombers claimed the CIA had advanced knowledge. The diplomat who issued the terrorists' visas was CIA. It's not unthinkable that they paved the way for the bombing, purely to justify a budget increase.
    Mitch: You're telling me that you're going to fake some terrorist thing, just to scare some money out of Congress?
    Leland: Well, unfortunately, Mr. Hennessey, I have no idea how to fake killing four thousand people, so we're just going to have to do it for real. Blame it on the Muslims, naturally. Then I get my funding.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: At the Christmas party, Sam tells the boy Raymond "they'll never find the body" if she catches him smoking again (she's joking). It's used for a Brick Joke later when Charly finds Raymond smoking. The line does become this once it's revealed she used to be an assassin - and a heavy smoker at that.
  • Narm:
    • Charlie telling Timothy to look into Caitlin's eyes to confirm that he's actually her father. When Timothy does, he's momentarily shocked and stunned. However he has completely different eyes from the girl, and it's blatantly obvious.
    • In the flashback, Timothy referring to Charlie as "the energizer bunny". Doubly so with hindsight that the Energizer Bunny didn't actually exist when he's supposed to have said that line.
  • Narm Charm: Some of the film's more over-the-top sequences are clearly meant to be so ridiculous they're awesome. For example Charlie outrunning the car on ice skates. Also the scene where Mitch is dumped out of the car, he remains on the road, lights a cigarette and Charlie comes back to pick him up.
  • Rewatch Bonus: At the start of the film, Samantha can be seen holding a candy cane the same way that Charly holds her cigarette.