Reviewed by Ian Morales.
Going The Distance is a romantic comedy, aka chick flick, starring Justin Long (He’s Just Not That Into You, Accepted) and Drew Barrymore. Directed by Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker, Nanette Burnstein, Going The Distance is her feature film debut. Landing a major motion picture with the Drew Berrymore is not a bad start.
Going The Distance had all the potential to be the movie to stand out in the faux-indie chick flick realm Hollywood is so infatuated with nowadays. Simply put, the film is about two late-20, early 30-something singles falling in love after what is supposed to be an understood departure, only for them to fall deeply in love and force themselves into a long distance relationship. We’ve all done it, with only some minor details that differ amongst each other. If you haven’t done the long distance thing yet, you are probably still really young, but trust us when we tell you that you will go through it one day soon. It is one of life’s rites of passage.
As in any movie he stars in, Justin Long (Garret) plays the same character he always plays in every movie regardless of the setting. He’s the hip, cynical slacker type who has a witty response for everything and can’t seem to commit to one woman. Drew Berrymore (Erin) is the adorable girl next door meets rebel type who the leading males court. She has a best friend/sister, a role Christina Applegate nails by the way, that wants her to do something with her life and grow up. The real scene stealers? Two characters we don’t see enough of that deserve spin offs, Box (played by Jason Sudeikis) and Garret’s roommate, Dan (played by Charlie Day).
Aside from the great cast and relatable theme, it was still difficult to sit through as it was about 45 minutes too long. What is worse yet is that the first hour of the movie was scripted so well that it brought many of the audience members in the theater to tears with laughter. With every lead and supporting characters bringing their own style of funny to the table, there are plenty of quotable exchanges for you to pass off as your own to your office cohorts who have not seen the film. If you manage to stick around to the end, don’t say we didn’t warn you about all the shameless promotion for indie rockers The Boxer Rebellion.
Going The Distance hits theaters nationwide today. For more information and show times in your area, visit http://going-the-distance.warnerbros.com/.