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Going the Distance (2010) review

Posted : 6 years ago on 16 September 2013 10:39

I just watched this movie, it made me happy and it gave me confidence. And secretly I wanted the movie to give me just that feeling heh. Do not worry, wont spoil the ending here. The funny parts are either good or really funny but it is not one of those irritating movies even though some commercial elements do exist but handled well without selling out. A lot of my favourite actors are in this movie and that was a plus too! If you are in a long distance relationship or even if you know there's potential but haven't begun the relationship with your loved one / heart's desire. Go ahead and watch this movie. It will help you keep calm, juice up your battery to keep strong and it is a good movie. Doesn't matter if you are in a relationship or if you like being single. You can still watch this film.

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An average movie

Posted : 6 years, 4 months ago on 19 May 2013 08:26

I wasn't sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Drew Barrymore, I thought I should give it a try. Even if my rating might seem rather low, I actually enjoyed many things about this movie which was definitely one of the better romantic-comedies I have seen lately. Unfortunately, there were still too many elements which prevented me from giving it a really positive grade. First of all, absolutely none of the supporting characters were either interesting or really funny. Secondly and mostly the reason why they didn't really nailed it was because the dilemma in this relationship was just rather phony, at least to me. I mean, from the moment Drew Barrymore gets this great job opportunity, there was no real reason for Justin Long to actually stay in New York, except moving along the plot so they can split up and of course get back together in the end. And that's the whole point! They do get together eventually rather easily so it makes it rather difficult to take what happened before really seriously. So, they messed up a few things but they still managed to get many things right. First of all, I'm not sure if Barrymore and Long were still an item at the time but they really had some great chemistry and their scenes together were pure gold and felt really genuine. Furthermore, their relationship was actually very well built, based on reality instead on some idiotic concept and that was much appreciated. To conclude, even though the whole thing didn't work completely, I still think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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Going the Distance (2010) review

Posted : 7 years, 11 months ago on 15 November 2011 09:01

I love Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, and the pairing of these two is sweet, cute, and really makes sense. "Going the Distance" is a sweet, better than average romantic comedy, which is heavy on the comedic moments in a really good way. I laughed hard in some spots - Justin Long's best friends, played by Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day, were a really smart choice, and just made this film a lot better than it probably would have been without them and their comedic timing.

It's standard romantic comedy fare, but definitely has some re-watchability, unlike a lot of the newer ones coming out these days. This isn't to say it's probably not somewhat forgettable given some time away from it, but I would definitely watch it again, and keep it in my collection when I want to watch something I know will make me laugh/put a smile on my face.

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Going the Distance

Posted : 9 years, 1 month ago on 12 September 2010 07:12

We hardly ever see any romantic comedies that are very good (let alone great), which is why it's easy to be reasonably satisfied with something like GOING THE DISTANCE. The movie deals with the subject of long-distance relationships by showcasing the negative effects of impersonal communication through text messages and whatnot on the interactions between people who are in love, yet in spite of being such a timely film, it offers a lot of the conventions that we've seen for years in romcoms. That can be a problem if it's done to the point of annoyance, but thanks to the charms of Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, annoyance is kept at a minimum. Neither of them is a great actor, but their on-screen chemistry alone is enough to recommend the film. It's quite a tough task for a pair of actors to maintain chemistry even when they're separate from each other in a lot of scenes, but this duo accomplishes it admirably.

Garrett (Justin Long) lives in New York and works for a record label. We get a glimpse at his most recent break-up with a girl, and from that glimpse, we can tell that he's the kind of guy who makes girls give up a lot to be with him, whereas he doesn't give up much himself. He meets Erin (Drew Barrymore) at a bar, and they start dating, but the problem is that Erin is only in New York for a summer internship, and she's leaving for California as soon as it's over. Garrett's favorite movie is TOP GUN, and Erin's favorite is THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION. Conventional choices, to be sure, but I can't help but always be overjoyed when characters in movies tell us what their favorite films are. A helpful montage displays the way in which the relationship blossoms, and soon it seems obvious that they're in love with one another. She leaves for California, but they decide to stay together and try the long-distance approach. This is where the frustration over being away from each other and over not being able to find jobs in the same city starts affecting each of them deeply.

If Barrymore and Long are more charming than most generic romcom couples, the same (unfortunately) can't be said of the supporting cast. I'd like someone to explain to me why it is that, in this type of film, the lead male character's friends are always super annoying stereotypical "dudes" who are in the film to offer gross/crude humor. There's a particularly hard-to-believe scene in GOING THE DISTANCE in which a friend literally takes Garrett's cell phone from him and shatters it with a golf club. Garrett's response? A mild "dude, I can't believe you did that!" In the real world, if a supposed friend of yours destroys your cell phone while you're talking to a significant other, the LEAST that'll happen is that you won't speak to the friend for several weeks. We wish that would happen in GOING THE DISTANCE, because it would've been nice if Garrett's two friends went off-screen for a while, but alas, they don't. They keep showing up, and one of them even takes a crap with the bathroom door open... awesome. Similar comments can be made of the female lead character's friends in romcoms... they tend to be the overly neurotic, nagging girl, and this is taken to an even higher extreme when the character is also the sister, as is the case in this particular movie. I guess it's not difficult to understand why these characters are always drawn that way: it's all about gender stereotypes. But that doesn't mean it can't bother me, and it certainly can't keep me from pointing it out as the significant problem in an otherwise decent romantic comedy.

The film features a solid amount of humorous moments. There's an unexpected, slightly scandalous moment in which the word "tip" and its multiple meanings is exploited for comedic purposes. There's also an incredibly welcome jab at Michael Bay that deserves an applause; this is one of those instances in which the subjects of masturbation and steroids are NOT used to make simple-minded crass jokes, and we should be very thankful for that. Speaking of that, an item of note is the fact that GOING THE DISTANCE is rated R instead of PG-13. If it had cut out some of the sex-related humor and the "fucks", it could've easily been PG-13, which is what most romantic comedies are, since they want to attract teenage girls. I'm glad that GOING THE DISTANCE chose to be rated R because, when it comes down to it, the subject matter is adult. By "the subject matter," I don't mean the sexual material, but rather, the seriousness of the struggle that Erin and Garrett go through in trying to make their long-distance relationship work. It's a film for people who know about the toils and troubles of being involved in anything beyond a high school fling.

But the factor that truly saves GOING THE DISTANCE and make it worth a recommendation is the last act. It often happens that an ending will ruin a film for me and force me to give it a negative rating despite having liked everything that came prior to the ending. Well, the opposite can happen as well, and it kind of does in this case. Of course the film has a happy ending... but it's a happy ending that is much more based on reality. It's a happy ending that comes after making some painful decisions and compromises. I expected to see an over-the-top happy ending in which one person would decide not to get on a plane at the last minute, or the other person would be sprinting down the hallways of an airport, but that isn't the case at all. It's a much more subtle ending, more true to what probably happens in real-life with long-distance relationships that are finally able to WORK, after all the pain and suffering and effort that was put into them. GOING THE DISTANCE is unafraid to show that a relationship is something that forces you to give up a lot of yourself in order to make something wonderful and worthwhile work out, and for that, it's worth seeing.

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