Going the Distance (2010)

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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.

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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 Bros
Rating:
R (for sexual content including dialogue, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity)
Genre:
Comedy , Romance
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Cast

Justin Long
as Garrett
Kelli Garner
as Brianna
Sarah Burns
as Harper
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 Employee
Benita Robledo
as Diner Waitress
Stink Fisher
as Muscle Guy
Kristen Schaal
as Female Bartender
Zach Page
as Zander
Mick Hazen
as Zeff
Sean Gustavus Tarjyoto
as Awkward Nerd
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
Maria Conte Di Angeles
as Receptionist
Maria Conte Di Angelis
as Receptionist
Ethan F. Hamburg
as Newsroom Co-Worker
Anna Gorecky
as Diesel Records Secretary
Josephine-Dana April Micari
as Diesel Records Secretary
Loretta Fox
as Sandy
Ron Bottitta
as Creepy Guy
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Critic Reviews for Going the Distance

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (32)

What's both refreshing and problematic is that there's no emotional imbalance between boy and girl: their feelings are mutual and the obstacle is purely geographical.

Full Review… | September 8, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

The film's constant raunch factor balances out its romantic center in a way that will likely surprise and please many.

Full Review… | September 3, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

Particularly forgettable.

Full Review… | September 2, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Acknowledges both the difficulty and the comic potential of the arrangement, and does so with enough insight and charm to make you wonder why frequent-flier love is not a more popular theme in romantic comedies.

September 2, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

It's filthy, funny and kind of sweet, if not quite up to the level of Judd Apatow's oeuvre in the burgeoning field of R-rated comedies with heart.

Full Review… | September 2, 2010
Washington Post
Top Critic

It smothers the already frail story of their characters' long-distance relationship with enough R-rated gross-out humor for half a dozen Judd Apatow movies -- except that virtually none of it is funny.

September 2, 2010
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Going the Distance

½

Omg..hysterical movie!! A must see.

Cynthia S.
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
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
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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