Going the Distance – Movie Review

Going the Distance

Starring: Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate, Jim Gaffigan, Jason Sudeikis, Ron Livingston, Charlie Day, Natalie Morales, Rob Riggle, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

Directed by Nanette Burstein

Rated: R
Run Time: 97 mins
Genre: Comedy/ Romance
4.5 frames out of 5

Life has a sense of humor… what happens when you met the perfect person and they are moving away in 6 weeks? What would you do? Give it a go or let it go?

Erin (Drew Barrymore) is in New York City for the summer interning at one of the city’s newspapers. She is an aspiring journalist and is only around for 6 more weeks before she goes back to San Francisco to finish school. After one particularly rough day at the office, Erin and her friend, fellow intern Brandy (Natalie Morales) stop by one of the local pubs and Erin takes out her frustrations on the Centipede arcade game (yes, the old school Atari version. Sweet!). Across the bar, Garrett (Justin Long) is out with is friends pondering over what went wrong with his latest girlfriend dumping him. His friends Box (Jason Sudeikis) and Dan (Charlie Day) are trying to tell him that he has a problem with intimacy. Garret blows the guys off and wants to play some Centipede to clear his head. He gets more than he bargains for when he interrupts Erin’s game and he’s intrigued by her mad skills at video games. That opens the door to much more the evening and the two set off for a night of drunken fun.

When they wake the next morning, Erin tries to sneak out but is intercepted by Garrett. They go out to breakfast and Erin sets some boundaries; she’s not looking for a relationship because she’s leaving, only fun. Garret agrees, thinking this is the best scenario ever. He’ll have a some fun and then in six weeks they go their separate ways.

Over the next 6 weeks, Erin and Garret have a ton of fun and grow really close and when the time to say good-bye sneaks up on them, neither one is ready to let go. So they both agree to do the long distance thing. The rest of the movie looks at the trials and challenges that people go through when they decide to go the distance. Will they survive or will they both find that they are so set in their ways that distance doesn’t make the heart grow fonder?

I have had a lot of people ask why the movie is Rated R, and with good reason. The “R” is for how raunchy and how much of a riot this movie is. The film’s trailer does not do it justice on how insanely funny this movie is. At first glance, it looks like any other romantic comedy, it could be both really cheesy and sentimental or complete chick flick. This movie does a great job of appealing to both sexes and is a perfect date movie. Barrymore & Long’s chemistry is off the charts and you kind of wonder where the reality meets the fantasy aspect of the film (they have been on/off again in real life). I can’t imagine anyone else in the lead roles.

Things to watch for: A new catch phrase to replace “earmuffs”; Charlie Day & his bathroom habits; The Centipede scene; Dinner scene at Corrine’s (Christina Applegate) house. The soundtrack is worth checking out – pretty good tune, I must say! Definate standout – The Boxer Rebellion

Who should see this movie:
Fans of Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate, Charlie Day; Fans of rom-coms like The Sweetest Thing & When Harry Met Sally; Those who have been in a previous long distance relationship.

See it in the Theater or Rent it on DVD:
For a good date night, see it in the theater or save it for a DVD night. You can’t go wrong either way.

About Lisa Minzey

Lisa Minzey is Editor in Chief of The Reel Critic.com. She has written for Phoenix Film Foundation, an online contributor for EW.com and is known to write a screenplay or 12. She's worked in Hollywood in various forms, but her first love is writing. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

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