Film & TV

Going the Distance

Rating:  M

Running Time: 109 minutes approximately

Release Date: 2 September 2010200px-Going_the_distance_2010_poster

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This romantic comedy stars real life couple Justin Long as Garrett and Drew Barrymore as Erin.  After Garrett gets dumped by his girlfriend he meets Erin at a New York bar and they end up having a one night stand.  Determined not to let a romance derail her career again, Erin tries to keep the relationship casual, as after her internship in New York is completed she will be returning to her home in San Francisco to finish her journalism degree.  However they continue to see each other and despite trying to remain casual on her departure they decide to try and maintain a long distance relationship.  Inevitably they face a crunch point in their relationship and have to make the hard decision of can you put love before a career and everything else and if so who should be making the sacrifices. 

There are a few funny moments in this light hearted rom com which seems to be a Barrymore (First 50 Dates) specialty of late.  Erin lives with her  married sister Corrine (Christina Applegate) and her husband Phil (Jim Gaffigan) who provides most of the typical married couple jokes.    Applegate (Married with Children) is looking quite harried in this film discarding her former blond bombshell facade which makes her believable as the jaded motherly older sister.  Garrett’s friends Dan (Charlie Day) and Box (Jason Sudeikis) are his comical frat boy offisiders poking fun at single male foibles, with all displaying good comic timing.  Though the screenplay by Geoff La Tulippe is not side splittingly funny it is entertaining and for anyone that has had to do the long distance thing it really resonates.  Warning though, some of the humour is quite confrontational around sex, particularly oral, so if you are a bit on the prim side you may be offended.  Probably not a good first date film but if you are looking for something a bit offbeat it will be to your liking.

Luckily for this real life couple unlike many others before them they actually do have on screen chemistry.  Barrymore just has that likeability factor so you can’t help but find her endearing as is Long.  Directed by Nanette Burstein, the film also features a cameo by British band The Boxer which is one of the film’s highlights.

If you are looking for a reasonable chick flick and something light weight you can’t go wrong with this one.

2.5/5 stars

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