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"Going the Distance"- A Rom-Com Disaster

By Miv Evans

Going the Distance is a romantic comedy, and the experience of watching it could be likened to one of the most boring conversations you’ve ever had in your life.  

Your eyes are glazing over but the person talking to you insists on droning on for another ninety minutes, which guarantees the next time you see them you’ll be long gone and perhaps this is something Miss Barrymore should think about the next time she gets offered a sub-standard script.  

Garrett (Justin Long) gets dumped by his girlfriend because he doesn’t buy her a birthday gift.  He joins his two friends at a local bar who inform him that the real problem is his commitment issue.

Meanwhile, Erin (Drew Barrymore) is in New York for a summer internship.  She gets chewed off by her boss and takes off to the nearest bar where she bumps into Garrett.  The romance is launched.

Garrett’s character is the first casualty of this rom-com disaster.  Not buying your girlfriend a birthday gift is thoughtless but has nothing to do with commitment, so Garrett isn’t even established as a stereotype and this is pretty hopeless writing. 

Our hero then happily sails into a relationship with Erin, insists on staying in touch when she leaves for San Francisco and commits himself to monogamy without so much as a murmur, which removes all conflict in one swipe and leaves us with a lot of ‘filler’ scenes, one particularly ridiculous one of which is in a spray-tan booth which we saw in Friends fifteen years ago.  And it never gets any better than that.   

Erin is equally wishy-washy.  Her issues are really not clear, but she does inform Garrett that she made the mistake of giving up her chance of a career to devote herself to her last boyfriend, but then when she has to choose between a job or her new boyfriend, she chooses Garrett; because the film is so ambiguous we have no idea if this is supposed to be a good thing or a bad thing.

And if you were lodging with your married sister, would you really take your boyfriend home and dive onto the dining room table to have sex?  And would your brother-in-law really be eating his dinner on the same table, in the dark?  And that’s as contrived as it gets.

There are some painful moments in this film, one in particular is when Barrymore has to respond to Justin’s “I’m crazy about you” with a “And I’m crazy about you, too”.  She doesn’t seem able to take this clichéd line seriously, and comes over as glib.  While this human moment entertained me, for a story to work it has to be, above all else, sincere, and we really do expect our actors to be able to fake that. 

Miv Evans is a British businesswoman who relocated to Los Angeles in 2005. She previously had a comedy drama commissioned by BBC TV and sold her first film to REN Media International in 2008 which she wrote, directed and produced.

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International Movie Release Dates

  • UK: 27 August 2010
  • Argentina: 2 September 2010
  • Australia: 2 September 2010
  • Germany: 2 September 2010
  • Malaysia: 2 September 2010
  • Singapore: 2 September 2010
  • Switzerland: 2 September 2010 (German speaking region)
  • Austria: 3 September 2010
  • Canada: 3 September 2010
  • Italy: 3 September 2010
  • USA: 3 September 2010
  • Greece: 9 September 2010
  • Hungary: 9 September 2010
  • Netherlands: 9 September 2010
  • Portugal: 9 September 2010
  • Russia: 9 September 2010
  • Brazil: 10 September 2010
  • Finland: 10 September 2010
  • Poland: 10 September 2010
  • Estonia: 17 September 2010
  • Spain: 17 September 2010
  • France: 29 September 2010
  • Switzerland: 29 September 2010 (French speaking region)
  • India: 1 October 2010
  • Norway: 22 October 2010
  • Japan: 23 October 2010

Going the Distance Movie Synopsis

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.

Academy Award®-nominated documentary filmmaker Nanette Burstein ("On the Ropes") directed "Going the Distance," which marks her feature film directorial debut, from a screenplay by Geoff LaTulippe. The film stars Golden Globe Award winner Drew Barrymore ("Grey Gardens"), Justin Long, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis and Christina Applegate.

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The film was produced by Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Garrett Grant. Dave Neustadter, Richard Brener and Michael Disco served as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Eric Steelberg, production designer Kevin Kavanaugh, editor Peter Teschner, costume designer Catherine Marie Thomas and composer Mychael Danna.

New Line Cinema presents, an Offspring Entertainment production, "Going the Distance." The film is being distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

The movie is rated R by the MPAA for sexual content including dialogue, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity.

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