Going the Distance (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

Going the Distance (2010)



Critic Consensus: It's timelier and a little more honest than most romantic comedies, but Drew Barrymore and Justin Long's screen chemistry doesn't make up for Going the Distance's overall flatness.

Movie Info

Erin's (Drew Barrymore) wry wit and unfiltered frankness charm newly single Garrett (Justin Long) over beer, bar trivia and breakfast the next morning. Their chemistry sparks a full-fledged summer fling, but neither expects it to last once Erin heads home to San Francisco and Garrett stays behind for his job in New York City. But when six weeks of romping through the city inadvertently become meaningful, neither is sure they want it to end. And while Garrett's friends Box (Jason Sudeikis) and Dan (Charlie Day) joke about his pre-flight calorie-cutting and his full-time relationship with his cell phone, they don't like losing their best drinking buddy to yet another rocky romance. At the same time, Erin's high-strung, overprotective married sister, Corinne (Christina Applegate), wants to keep Erin from heading down an all-too-familiar road. But despite the opposite coasts, the nay-saying friends and family, and a few unexpected temptations, the couple just might have found something like love, and with the help of a lot of texting, sexting and late-night phone calls, they might actually go the distance.-- (C) Warner Brosmore
Rating: R (for sexual content including dialogue, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Geoff LaTulippe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 30, 2010
Box Office: $17.8M
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Justin Long
as Garrett
Kelli Garner
as Brianna
Terry Beaver
as Professor
Tuffy Questell
as Airport TSA Agent
Charlie Hewson
as Douchebag
Mike Birbiglia
as Toby the Waiter
Meredith Hagner
as Tanning Salon Employ...
Benita Robledo
as Diner Waitress
Stink Fisher
as Muscle Guy
Kristen Schaal
as Female Bartender
Zach Page
as Zander
David Bologna
as Fame Boy
Cass Bugge
as Girlfriend
Sandie Rosa
as Girlfriend
Adam Harrison
as The Boxer Rebellion
Piers Hewitt
as The Boxer Rebellion
Todd Howe
as The Boxer Rebellion
Nathan Nicholson
as The Boxer Rebellion
Samantha Futerman
as Very Young Intern
Natalie Knepp
as Very Young Intern
Sondra James
as Elderly Woman
Maya Morris
as Not It Girl
Jennifer Bronstein
as Not It Girl
Ethan F. Hamburg
as Newsroom Co-Worker
Anna Gorecky
as Diesel Records Secre...
Josephine-Dana April...
as Diesel Records Secre...
Ron Bottitta
as Creepy Guy
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News & Interviews for Going the Distance

Critic Reviews for Going the Distance

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (32)

Barrymore carries the movie on a cloud of lusty giggles and F-bombs.

Full Review… | May 9, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

If you've ever had an awkward sexual moment in your life (admit it, you have), this is the movie for you. If you've ever believed there can't be love without the comedy, this is the movie for you.

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
Gordon and the Whale

Barrymore comfortably slips into more filthy talk and situations while bringing her innate sweetness and relatability.

Full Review… | October 13, 2013

You sort of wind up rooting for them in spite of their characters being somewhat knuckleheadish.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Going the Distance is concocted from a familiar formula. It just happens to be a really good example of what can be done with it.

Full Review… | March 9, 2011
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Much like Drew Barrymore, [this film] is so intent on being cutesy and bubbly that it's nauseating...

Full Review… | January 8, 2011
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Going the Distance


Omg..hysterical movie!! A must see.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Such a cute romantic comedy :) Justin Long & Drew Barrymore were just amazing & Christina Applegate was great as Drew Barrymore's sister & Charlie Day & Jason Sudeikis were great as Justin Long's best friends. Just a great movie about love & how by going the distance your love will survive :) Just watch this adorable film :) You won't regret it! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

A young newspaper reporter and a music talent scout attempt to make a bi-coastal relationship work.
I think that it is difficult to render the pressures of a long-distance relationship without resorting to what Super Reviewer Alice Shen calls "go-to distance conflicts." As a former victim of a long distance relationship, I can attest to the fact that much of the conflict is internal and doesn't lend itself to film. But at the same time, I can't blame the film for trying.
Eventually what the film amounts to is a solid romantic comedy. The characters' relationship develops and degrades all in accordance with the formula that has been tried and true. There is an appropriate balance of pathos and comedy with some decent performances from Drew Barrymore and Justin Long. These people won't stay with you for very long, but it's nice knowing them for the film's ninety-seven minutes.
Overall, this is a fine film but nothing to write home about.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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