Those who’ve fallen victim to the L.A. media craze should certainly have a field day with this one. Hollywood’s favorite on again/ off again couple, Justin Long and Drew Barrymore team up for Fall’s most anticipated rom-com, Going The Distance. The Warner Bros. release is directed by Nanette Burstein and also stars Christina Applegate, Charlie Day, Ron Livingston, Jason Sudeikis, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.

Check out the review below…

The Players:

  • Director: Nanette Burstein
  • Screenwriter: Geoff LaTulippe
  • Cast: Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate, Charlie Day, Ron Livingston, Jason Sudeikis, Oliver Jackson-Cohen
  • Cinematography: Eric Steelberg
  • Original Music By: Mychael Danna

The Plot:

Garrett (Long) is a typical dude in his 20′s: turned off by the idea of commitment and clueless when it comes to the female playing field. The film opens with him mid-break up, and his roommates (obviously) dragging him to a bar. Here, he meets Erin (Barrymore) while she’s dominating his favorite arcade game. They hit it off immediately, and after a great first date, Erin reveals that she’s only in town for the summer and will be returning to grad school in San Francisco in six weeks (aka, she doesn’t want anything serious). Naturally, it gets serious, and they give a long distance relationship a shot. Will it succeed?

The Good:

  • Realistic: Most romantic comedies like, say, Barrymore and Long’s He’s Just Not That Into You really push the realistic envelope. Yes, the genre allows for heightened dramatics, romantic gestures, gut-wrenching break ups, etc – but what’s pleasantly surprising about Going The Distance is its relatively normal story line with its relatively normal characters. Two people meet, they like each other, they date, they struggle with distance…roll credits. Unlike the standard rom-com, this movie won’t pollute the already questionable mindsets of young girls – it’t making a realistic commentary on relationships.
  • Dialogue: Though a large portion of this was most likely improvised, the dialogue is hysterical. I’m talking laugh out loud/holding back tears hysterical. LaTulippe has done an excellent job capturing not only contemporary “lingo” but his portrayal of modern relationships (romantic and otherwise) is impressively spot on. The supporting roles weren’t just peripherally featured as the voices on the other end of the telephone or the goofy colleagues – they were involved in the story, impacting – and impacted by – the Garrett and Erin’s relationship.
  • Barrymore/Long: These love birds have been on and off for years so the flawless on-screen chemistry in no surprise. Regardless, it’s worth noting. Both have sharp comedic timing and emotional capacity. Their performances were very genuine: they seemed like they were legitimately having a blast,  legitimately in love, and during the not so pleasant scenes, they seemed legitimately heart broken.

The Bad:

  • Victim of the Genre: I often find that it’s difficult to point out the bad sides of rom-com’s because clearly these movies should be taken for what they are: mindless, entertaining chick flicks. There was no particularly earth-shattering message or Oscar-worthy performance, but this is all genre appropriate in my book.


Again, if you know what you’re getting into, you’ll probably enjoy this.

Rating: 5/10

Going the Distance opens in theaters everywhere September 3, 2010.

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Do you plan on seeing Going The Distance this Labor Day weekend?