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I like a good rom com and this is one which I picked up for a cheap price of £2.99 in HMV a while ago and recently watched on a night in at my sister's house. I'm glad I didn't spend any more on this film as it really turned out to be a dud! Neither of us enjoyed this film and we were both shocked by how rubbish a lot of the script was and we found it quite tasteless, unfortunately.
The storyline is very simple. My sister went as far as to say it has no plot, but it does, it's just quite basic. Basically there is Erin, played by Drew Barrymore, who is in her early 30s and is an intern at a New York newspaper. The other romantic lead is played by Justin Long, who I had never heard of and I was shocked when I saw him as the lead as he is not really attractive in my opinion and does not really have the appeal you would expect from a rom com lead! Anyway he plays the character of Garrett, a fairly geeky guy who has just been dumped by his girlfriend and is not great at relationships. The two of them meet over an arcade game in a bar and they hit it off. Erin tells him she is only around for 6 more weeks then she has to go back to San Francisco, so they say they won't start a relationship, but by the end of the 6 weeks they are falling for each other and they decide to try it long distance. We just see how the relationship goes with them trying to deal with the time difference, visiting each other, missing each other etc.
A lot of the jokes are really crude and just weird, for example Garrett has two friends who are a bit weird and one starts to help an old lady cross the street and talks to her about masturbation while he is walking her across. To me this isn't funny, it's just really awkward and a bit gross. Other "jokes" are things like Garrett getting a spray tan and ending up with a hand print on his backside, and a really cringey scene of them trying to have phone sex.
Erin lives with her sister, brother in law and their kids and these are also quite annoying to me.
None of the characters are really likeable in my view, which meant I did not really care that much about the outcome. Erin is very immature and a bit weird, such as she gets drunk and starts yelling at some guy in a bar "suck my dick" etc. Just why? Garrett is also very immature and selfish. At one point they have a fight and I just felt that Garrett was acting like a baby. Their dilemma is whether to carry on long distance, or for Erin to move to New York, but its hard for her to find a decent job as a journalist over there.
I would not really recommend this film. It is watchable if you have time on your hands but I was quite surprised by how rubbish it was, to be honest.
Firstly, this isn't my usual kind of film, in fact, it's more the kind of flick I tend to avoid. You know the types, the sickly sweet rom coms that make you cringe and wonder why you spent however long sat watching such nonsense. However, I came across this just after having had a chat with my long distance boyfriend when I joked I should become more in tune with my inner chick flick fiend, so I gave this a go as the premise has similarities to my own position at the time. I'll give it some credit; at points it was quite sweet, quite comical and quite easy going to watch. However, it was still too cliché and predictable to be anything new or extraordinary within this genre.
Going The Distance was directed by Nanette Burstein who has worked on a few things, mainly TV, but nothing I recognise prior to this flick. We're introduced to two characters going merrily along their own paths; Garrett, who has recently come out of a relationship, and Erin, an intern at the New York Sentinel with 6 weeks left until returning to San Francisco. The two bump in to each other and their paths cross in a way neither of them had expected. From the start they seem to get along 'like a house on fire', just hanging out and having fun. They both admit they don't want anything more than fun and frolics, given that Erin isn't around the city for much longer and that Garrett has only recently had his heart broken. But as time flies by and they have more fun together than they remember having in a long time, it seems that there may be more there than they thought.
Realising that what they have together may be something special, they decide it may be too good just to throw away when Erin moves back home. Their only option? To attempt a relationship from afar. From here on out, it's a tale of the highs and lows of a long-distance relationship. They're almost literally on two different coasts at opposite ends of the states, so it's a few hours by plane that they're trying to cover a distance of, which is no easy task as they quickly learn. At first it's all new so they try to work out ways of communicating despite their own commitments and the time difference. Calling, texting, video calling, online communication, most of which occur late at night after work and often not at a good time for one of them. It's a strain but they make the effort and the time for each other.
Things start well, despite the doubts of friends, and the sexting and random visits make it all worthwhile. They get on so well and seem to have found love with each other, so they can start thinking about the bigger picture; being together at the end of Erin's studies providing she can get work at the paper in New York. Except nothing is plain sailing with a long distance relationship and the cracks start to appear. For a start it costs a fortune to travel to see one another, so visits get fewer and further between and they miss spending the big events, like Christmas, with each other. The distance between them grows and suddenly the dream of being together at the end of it all seems to be getting further away. The question is, can they make it work and go the distance for their relationship?
It all sounds rather cheesy and it is, but perhaps not so in-your-face-melted-cheese-everywhere as it could have been. The pace was kept fairly upbeat throughout so it was quite engaging to watch, with some colourful characters that made it more interesting. I liked the spontaneity between Erin and Garrett and the way they got along, being both best mates and lovers so that there wasn't just mush all the way through. It also seemed more realistic that way, and believable when they went through the difficulties faced trying to make it work long distance.
The cast included Drew Barrymore (Erin), Justin Long (Garrett), Christina Applegate (Corinne), Charlie Day (Garrett's mate Dan) and Jason Sudeikis (Garrett's other mate, Box) amongst others. I'm in the middle on both Barrymore and Long, quite liking watching them but not overly fussed either way. In Going The Distance, both play their respective roles well and make the characters believable and quite easily able to identify and empathise with. I know I felt for them, probably in part because I've done/am doing the long distance thing too. I like that Day and Sudeikis has roles in this, even if they weren't huge, because they helped to lighten things up and not be quite so romance/relationship based constantly.
Erin was, however, very much one of the girl-guys. I've been told I'm a girl-guy, and in my relationship we get on like best mates and I hang out as 'one of the guys' because that's the way I've always been, more of a boys girl than a girlie girl. However, when done in films, it's often a little too in your face and idealised. Going The Distance falls in to this trap a bit, making Erin a tad annoying, but again, I think it could have been worse and far more stereotyped than it perhaps was. Having said that, the premise itself was still very predictable and run of the mill. The ending was as I had expected and overall I didn't feel the film added anything new to the rom-com-drama genre mix.
All in all, this was easy enough to watch because it was lighthearted enough in parts to make it enjoyable for fans of such genres. For me, however, I found it quite tough going getting through the predictability and mush. Not one I'd necessarily recommend, but as I've said, if you like these types of films then you could do worse.
DVD released 2011, running time 103 minutes, rated Certificate 15
Selling on Amazon for £3
About the film
Going The Distance is a romantic comedy film which was released in 2010. The film is rated 15 due to sexual content, language, some nudity and some drug use. Going The Distance runs for 102 minutes.
With her internship at a New York newspaper ending in only six weeks, the last thing Erin wants is to meet a guy. However, when she meets Garrett and he tells her he's just got out of a relationship and doesn't want anything serious, she thinks they could have the perfect situation. As they spend more time together, Erin and Garrett's relationship does become more serious and they find that it isn't something that they can just drop when Erin has to go back to San Francisco. The long distance relationship is hard though and it puts strain on them both and their relationship. Erin and Garrett both have jobs so the only solution seems to be either break up or figure out a way to be able to live in the same place.
Drew Barrymore as Erin
Justin Long as Garrett
Charlie Day as Dan
Jason Sudeikis as Box
Christina Applegate as Corrine
Kelli Garner as Brianna
Natalie Morales as Brandy
June Diane Raphael as Karen
Ron Livingston as Will
Rob Riggle as Ron
Leighton Meester as Amy
What I thought
Being in the mood for romantic comedy films, I didn't think that I could go far wrong if I picked something with Drew Barrymore in it. She's one of my favourite actresses, especially in this genre so this was an easy yes for my list.
Being in a long distance myself, generally being away from my fiancé for about 4 weeks at a time while I'm at university, I could connect very well with the basic plot of this film. I know exactly how it feels to be apart from the person you love and I also know how hard it can be, even when you're speaking every day and going on Skype as much as possible. For me, the plot of this film was very simple but extremely effective. I think that this is a plot that many people can relate to so it works really well as a romantic comedy film.
It's hard to fault Drew Barrymore in a film like this. This genre is what she excels at so it is no surprise that I loved her as Erin. Her character is quite feisty when it comes to men but then in a good contrast, she can also be timid in regards to her working life. I really enjoyed being able to see different sides to Erin's character which also came with being with and then without Garrett. Barrymore nails every single line with comedy value but she also manages to put a lot of emotion into her character and makes her feelings believable.
What was interesting about this film was the casting. During the time of this film being made, Barrymore and leading man Justin Long were a couple in real life which obviously made the chemistry between the two perfect. Also, being a couple that would have had to deal with the long distance thing at times would have made the roles so easy for the both of them. They must have both been so relieved to get roles where they could use personal experience to help with their performances. I definitely think that Barrymore and Long's relationship made the chemistry between them much more believable than between other characters in other romantic comedy films.
The situations that Erin and Garrett are forced into due to their long distance were both believable and funny. I loved watching to see how each of them would cope in the same situation and how their feelings would change because of them. These situations provided many laughs throughout the film but it also showed just how much Erin and Garrett cared for each other and how much they missed being with each other. Unlike some romantic comedy films, this one has plenty of both and in equal measures.
Going The Distance is a wonderful romantic comedy with a great cast and plot.
I am a big fan of Drew Barrymore so when I saw this film last night on Sky I just had to watch it.
The film is about a guy called Garrett played by Justin Long Erin played by Drew Barrymore, Garrett lives in New york and when they meet Erin is an intern at the New York Sental. She only has 6 more weeks left in New York before she has to go back to her home town of San Fransisco. This suits Garrett as he has only just come out of a relationship.
They have a great six weeks together, then say their goodbyes at the airport, but before Erin flies off they both realise that they do not want that to be the end of the relationship, so they decide to try the long distance relationship, and only see each other every three months. They want to be closer to each other but Erin can not get a job in New York and Garrett can not get one in San Fransisco, so can their relationship last, just how will it work out, Well that I can not tell you, you will have to watch the film to find out.
Well as you would expect from these two actors they were brilliant, I felt that you could really relate to the story, and feel the happy times with them as well as feeling the sad times also. The co stars also made this a great film, I could not fault the acting in any areas at all, they had an all round great cast for the film.
iI did really enjoy this film, I laughed so hard at some parts of the film, however it did have a mixture of happiness and sadness. The film was a comedy/romance film and I thought it was set out really well, it is a film I would probably sit and watch again, however not too many times but it is worth at least a couple of watches. I would recommend watching this film at least once to anyone as I did really enjoy it.
THE FILM WAS RELEASED IN 2010 AND THIS IS A FILM ONLY REVIEW
Drew Barrymore and Justin Long star in this romantic comedy. Erin (Drew) and Garrett (Justin) meet whilst Erin is on a journalism internship in New York. Garrett works at a a record label and although when they meet they decide to keep it casual, when Erin has to go back home to San Francisco at the end of the summer they miss each other so much they decide to keep their relationship going, long distance. If I tell you anymore about the story it will spoil it but that is you basic premise.
Obviously the film is about how effective is a long term relationship and is it possible - there is a sense of fact about this film as opposed to fiction which makes a change. There's a lot of comedy here, some quite adult comedy, and the two leads Drew and Justin have bags of chemistry between them (they have dated in real life so this is no wonder). Despite their great chemistry, the couple don't share all that much screen time because the relationship is long distance. Yes they visit each other, and have phone sex and all the rest of it but half of their scenes are apart from one another.
Christina Applegate plays Erin's sister in this and she is a great character and a great supporting actress in this - stealing all the scenes she is in effortlessly. I don't know why Christina Applegate isn't in more movies to be honest as a lead!
The film I would say appeals to guys as well as girls. It's not a standard romcom - it's not particularly girls or slushy and Justin Long is more of a guys guy and so I definitely think both sexes would enjoy this. It's got a fair amount of crude humour in it, verbal and physical!
The only perhaps down side to this film was the ending. The rest of the film was written beautifully, with a good amount of humour, and chemistry, and to top it off it's actually believable and something a lot of people could relate to. But it's almost like they didn't know how to finish it off and just gave it the usual, standard rom-com ending. I like a good ending don't get me wrong but I was just feeling the film so much as something different and then the ending just kinda brought it back to where all the other rom-coms go. It spoiled it a little but not so much that I'd give the film a bad rating. Just felt a bit rushed - perhaps it was a re write who knows.
I would say if you liked Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin then you'll like this film!
My friend wanted to see this and I thought, "Hey, rom com with Drew Barrymore, Should be good". I was wrong. Despite Barrymore's good reputation in rom coms such as 50 first dates, this is actually quite a drag- for me anyway.
~~~THOUGHTS ON PLOT~~~
Garrett's girlfriend breaks up with him and on the same night he meets Erin, who he immediately has the hots for. They have sex. The next day she tells him she has to go back to San Francisco after the Summer. They separate. They doubt their relationship. They meet up again. They have sex. They separate. They meet up. They have sex. AGAIN. AND AGAIN.
Whilst it's interesting that within half an hour, it feels like the ending to a rom-com and the man rushes into the airport to serenade the woman, this repetition happens over and over without much development.
The main characters' core values are inconsistent and makes the storyline seem forced. I never really cared for either of them and really didn't matter if he moved to San Francisco or if she moved to New York. Obviously, temptations exist for Erin in the form of hot British actor Oliver Jackson Cohen, who's soothing British accent is to die for- I WANT THAT VOICE!
The ending was predictable and didn't come in any climatic form as you'd expect. The whole film was pretty much a rollercoaster going downhill- the momentum is greatest and the start and then it kind of just plateaued.
90% of the jokes from this film revolved around sex and there are quite a lot of graphic terms and descriptions. I was quite surprised actually... and nudity comes from Justin Long (of course) on several occasions.
Drew Barrymore- Erin
Justin Long- Garrett
Christina Applegate- Erin's Sister
Also starring Oliver Jackson Cohen, Natalie Morales, Leighton Meester and Charlie Day.
A surprise to see Leighton Meester do a brief cameo at the beginning, bringing her Gossip Girl flair into her small role- nice touch. Drew Barrymore and Justin Long both failed to shine and seemed to just coast comfortably in their field of rom-coms. Of all the rom coms they star in, this really is average!
The shining star in this film is Christina Applegate, who plays Erin's sister. Whilst you're used to Applegate usually being the fun outgoing one, here she plays a strict wife and mother- a definite nice change and she does it well!
I would not recommend this film- there were a small amount of cheap laughs, but amongst a lot of annoying banter from Garrett's male friends. Most of the jokes are tolerable, but verging on cringe and really too much dirty talk. They say sex sells, but not in this case.
~~~ Film only review
The great thing about being between houses is that I have bases in two towns at the moment. While all the Manchester tickets for a free preview of this film had been allocated, Blackpool still had some left, so we tied it into a trip over there this weekend. This is important for two reasons: firstly, it explains why I've seen the yet-to-be-released film, and secondly, since the 'we' is my mother and I, it explains some of the comments later on.
Drew Barrymore and Justin Long may be on-again off-again lovers in real life, but in the film their characters, Erin and Garrett are very much on. They meet while Erin, a journalism student, is on an internship in New York where Garrett, a record company lackey, is based. When Erin has to go back to the west coast to finish up graduate school, they decide to keep their relationship going, long-distance.
The whole story is about discovering to what extent long distance relationships will or won't work, and while that might not be enough to sustain an extra long film, it works in this 100 minute (ish) flick. I went into it not knowing how long it would be, and knowing we were going out for lunch afterwards, two rather distracting things, but it kept my attention throughout and I thought it was edited to a good length (albeit maybe at the expense of some plot lines - see below).
The couple don't share all that much screen time - it's Sleepless In Seattle all over again - but when they do there's clear chemistry, and Erin's tolerance of Garrett's undesirable friends is also well done in a smiling but long suffering kinda way. I've liked Long since Dodgeball, and Barrymore moves in and out of favour with me, depending on how kooky a character she's playing (Erin is quite tame for her). In fact, I liked all the casting for this film. It had a good number of famous names, but wasn't over-run with them like Valentine's Day was. In addition to Barrymore and Long, we have Ron Livingston (Berger from SATC) and Christina Applegate in key roles. I especially liked Applegate's character - Erin's neurotic, hygiene obsessed sister who has a hidden, saucy side (she's partial to a little dry humping, dontcha know). It's not the first time the two have worked together, but it's the first time I've seen them play sisters, and it works surprisingly well.
The film has a more generic appeal than most chick flicks. Yes, it's about love and relationships and the different languages boys and girls speak (the opening scene with Leighton Meester is a prime example), but it's also got a lot of crude humour in it, both verbal and physical, and some, literal, toilet humour to top it all off. There are some killer lines, and some killer scenes (c.f. the tanning salon) and in our screening people were laughing all the way through. Except for those of us sitting next to our mothers who alternated giggling with sideways glances to see how the film was being received by the 50-something contingent.
The film is set between NYC and San Francisco, but it's clear that the couple are supposed to be living in these places, not passing through as tourists. Nothing gets me more than when films set in Paris, for example, imply every hotel room has a clear view of the Eiffel Tower. You often get that in American films, too, but apart from a few shots of the Golden Gate bridge and Rockefeller Center, the cities are pretty much in the background, though what they do show is pretty (or, to quote my mother, it was nice to look at even if you weren't listening to the words. I assume (hope!) she meant the scenery and not the full frontal nudity).
Any niggles with the film? I didn't see why Erin's colleague needed to be British. He was 'American British', in other words with an over-exaggerated accent, but a quick peek on IMDB tells me he is in fact UK born and bred. Maybe it's the surroundings like when you put me on a BA flight - I become more British than I ever am in normal day to day life. I also thought this plot strand was a little superfluous. Also, when Garrett is asked to manage a Jonah Brothers-eqsue band there was the potential for this to be followed up to great effect, but it just dropped off the radar the next scene, which was a little pointless.
The ending was a little wishy-washy: I like Rom Coms to either have a lovely happy, if slightly unrealistic ending, or to fall apart at the last minute and leave you as gutted as the characters. This film goes for somewhere that is between the two, and therefore less satisfying than either of the usual alternatives.
Overall, though, I liked this film. I thought it perfectly trod the line between chick flick and crude blokey comedy, with the two elements balancing each other out nicely.
Highly recommended....just don't go with your parents.