Going the Distance Reviews
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.
Good acting and plot.
The plot develops at a really good pace.
Drew Barrymore and Justin Long was a good pair for each other in this film.
This film was really funny.
The scene that I liked the most was when they put cake on each other.
Overall this is a really good film.
This film has a good twist ending to it that I did not see coming.
The opening scene was weak.
If you like click flicks, room -com, tear jerker or films with twist ending. You should give this film a try.
Our couple bond over the Caterpillar arcade game and Top Gun love and there are no overwrought plot machinations to break them up/get them back together again.
Instead, for the most part, our couple have pokey living arrangements, struggle at admittedly good jobs (Barrymore in particular) and angst and agonise around the pangs of being apart. This is also a rare rom-com where the characters talk about and have sex.
Director Nanette Burstein, best known for fizzy documentary American Teen, adds lots of Sundance tics and traits, from animated titles to split-screens, The Cure, montages and iPhone messages popping up on screen. It is also the kind of film where the soundtrack has more alt-rock than a Triple J marathon.
Long and Barrymore have an easy chemistry and make for a winning pair. Long oozes charm in a rare lead and Barrymore does her vulnerable kook thong without ever being annoying. It is also a great showcase for one of cinema's unsung pleasures: Barrymore's dirty cackle. Long may it ring out.
I loved this movie! It was a great romantic comedy!
Nate's Grade: B-
One of the best things about the movie is that it's a relationship comedy/drama that's genuninely funny, and it avoids the usual contrived problems that romcoms throw between the two leads, in favor of realistic situations that anyone who has been in a long distance relationship can relate to. Parts of the movie are outright hilarious. It's unapologetically raunchy, but it's just the kind of thing that young(-ish), single men and women who frequent bars would say to each other and their friends. The movie gets a bit more serious and less lighthearted as it goes on, but it never completely forgoes the funny dialogue and jokes that really helped get me into it from the very beginning.
Justin Long and Drew Barrymore also were a big reason why Going the Distance leaves a lot of similar movies in the dust. They have a strong rapport that I guess came from their off-screen relationship, and I couldn't help but want them to survive as a couple through their difficulties.
So yeah, I liked this. I found it refreshing and relatable, which isn't something I often say about this genre. Going the Distance was seemingly made for the many young adults (including me) who have been in these kinds of situations before. Check it out, if it sounds interesting.
Director: Nanette Burstein
Summary: New couple Erin (Drew Barrymore) and Garrett (Justin Long) don't want their summer fling to end, but Erin must move across the country to finish school. As the bicoastal lovers try to keep their relationship going, they experience the tricky challenges of living long-distance.
My Thoughts: "It was a funny comedy. A lot of it was pretty raunchy as previous people have said, but nothing too bad. Justin Long is pretty funny in this, Drew just has a big potty mouth. But most of what she says is funny to me considering I talk that way sometimes and she reminds me of some of my friends. The movie had some pretty funny off beat characters that were enjoyable to watch. The film is also relatable for those of us (me being one of those) who have had a long distance relationship. It's not the easiest relationship to have, and this film gives a good example of that. It's a fun flick that will surely make you smile and laugh."
The first thing with it is that Drew plays very different to the normal cuties she plays in a romantic comedy. Here we have her smoking pot, getting drunk, swearing like a sailor and jumping into bed with a guy on their first date. Also, she looks a little harder in this. I am not sure if it is just that she is older or if the lighting is harsh or a bad hair colour, but definitely the sweet girl she normally plays is not really in sight here. Christina Applegate, who I also love, also looks a little harder than normal, so I really am convinced it was how it was filmed.
There is a lot of swearing here and a lot of crude stuff just in it for shock value. I am by no means a prude, but it seemed to me that this movie did not really need as much of this stuff in it, when all it basically is is a sweet story about a couple falling in love and overcoming the obstacle of living too far apart.
Justin Long is good - I guess it is a no brainer that he and Drew would have good chemistry since they are a real life couple. Some of the friends were really over the top and gross.
Re-reading this, I feel like I rated too high at 4 stars, and maybe 3 1/2 would be more accurate, but I don't know, it's still a Drew Barrymore film and I know full well I will be watching it again, so it can't have been that bad.
A romantic comedy centered on a guy and a gal who try to keep their love alive as they shuttle back and forth between New York and San Francisco to see one another.
Drew Barrymore plays a less kooky character than usual and is all the more likable and believable for it. I just don't quite buy Justin Long as the leading man but his sidekicks help, particularly Charlie Day who plays a role not that far removed from his part in the sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, awkward and funny. Between him and Christina Applegate who play Drew's sister they absolutely made the film for me.
A few downsides, Justin Long's story didn't go where the movie signposted it might, Ron Livingston played a small cameo as his boss and it seemed we'd get to see more of what Justin did - the bands he didn't like vs the ones he wanted to champion but that plot line just tailed off. At one point he's asked to look after a band definitely not in his taste range, and you get the feeling more was shot of this but edited out. Because of that whilst we saw him being funny and charming I just didn't get his motivation in not moving to San Francisco. I found the ending really weak, when you leave a rom-com you want to have a little punch the air moment when the leads overcome their obstacles and get together. What we got was a slightly drippy lacklustre finish.
Definitely no punch the air moment and I want that, no matter how sappy or cheesy it might be. Overall I laughed quite a few times, a few really big chuckles and even a couple of belly laughs so for that reason I'd give it a 7.