Going the Distance


Going the Distance

Critics 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

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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 Employee
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 Secretary
Josephine-Dana April Micari
as Diesel Records Secretary
Ron Bottitta
as Creepy Guy
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Audience Reviews for Going the Distance

  • Jul 22, 2011
    I'm a fan of Drew Barrymore, and I really believe that the best is yet to come from her. Her acting in this particular rom-com isn't bad at all. But she looks too old for this part, especially next to real-life boyfriend Justin Long. Long looks like he could be her son, and poor Barrymore looks like she needs to get another Botox treatment. The script, although formulaic at times, provides some laughs, as does the supporting cast (Day, Sudeikis, Applegate). I didn't like how willing Barrymore's character was to give up her dream--FOR A SECOND TIME, or the portrayal of this generation's crude way of communicating. Would have liked to see extension of metaphor in dying industries that these characters work for. And to skip the tacked-on ending. So, this movie is kind of hit or miss. And definitely a chick flick.
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2011
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2011
    Awesome hilarious back and forth long distance relationship flick of two folks (Drew Barrymore (she) and Justin Long (he))that just can't seem to making a commitment to each other work because of the distance between Los Angeles (where she lives) and New York (where he lives) If there are any of you that is reading this review and have ever been involved in a long distance relationship you already know that compromise (aside from trust)... is always a factor that is the solution to making this type of relationship work.Even if you have the chemistry for each other...compromise usually works...see this film is is an interesting turn of events, with a lot of fun!
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2011
    It was kinda funny at first but then it became boring. 2 years from now, nobody will give any shit about this movie anymore.
    Cita W Super Reviewer

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