How far would you go for love? Would you go the distance for it? Going the Distance is a movie that tackles that very question as Garrett (Justin Long) and Erin (Drew Barrymore) face the burdens and issues that accompany any relationship -long distance or not. Will they go the distance to make it work? Will absence truly make the heart grow fonder, or will loneliness, distrust, and miscommunication drive them apart. The storyline is definitely not new, but the angle this film takes on makes it quite enjoyable. This fun romantic comedy is sprinkled with so many bits of reality and substantive situations that you can’t help but to immediately buckle up those heartstrings and hang in for the ride as we go the distance with these two…laughing and “ahh-ing” all the way!
At the beginning of this film we meet Garrett (a music label company employee) and Erin (a 31 yr old journalist intern) in NYC. As the trailer suggests, they hit it off great and enjoy the limbo of “The ‘We’re just friends….with benefits’, ‘Maybe we’re boyfriend and girlfriend’, ‘Are we dating?’ Zone.”‘ And just as we’re getting used to them being a couple, the bombshell arrives: it’s time for her internship to end and for her to return to San Francisco…yeah, umm, that’s in California! The rest of the movie follows their witty ways of trying to keep their relationship going, the fights they have, the trips to visit…everything. But it’s the journey along the way and the characters throughout that make this film enjoyable.
Speaking of the cast, Justin Long and Drew Barrymore make a great onscreen couple! But not only do they do justice to their characters with their normal quirky mannerisms and such, but the supporting cast really added to the feel and (IMO) success of this film. Everyone has friends, family, and family friends like theirs! Christina Applegate, Jim Gaffigan, and several others in this movie really allow the focus of the film to remain on the relationship while still adding a level of comedy/reality that has its own life in the movie. The supporting cast does just that…they support the main story while bringing something else to the table that the audience can enjoy. This permits all sorts of people to enjoy the film….girls, AND guys alike. I laughed so much during certain parts like when Garrett is being made fun of while texting Erin in the park, or the Roommate DJ Hookup! (pssstt….watch the trailer)! Fun times!
This movie continues to keep you guessing through to the end about whether or not Erin and Garrett’s relationship will survive this obstacle of long distance or if it will fizzle out. Long distance relationships can be difficult and theirs isn’t a bed of roses either. This movie asks you what you would be willing to go through for love? Along with love, the film brings out other messages of the importance of being true to one’s self, friends, family, and FUN! I’m not the biggest romantic comedy fan myself, but the level of genuineness of the characters, the situations, the laughs, and the arguments made it very enjoyable. Some parts of the film could have been left out, like Justin Long’s tanning scene (just for laughs, didn’t add to the story), but I’d still go see it again! I don’t know if I’d walk 500 miles to do so though! 🙂
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–The Sp1der’s Score: 7 out of 10 stars “Going the Distance”
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Here’s the trailer! (and, as always. parents, heed the ratings.)