Starring: Justin Long, Drew Barrymore, Christina Applegate, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jim Gaffigan
Written By: Geoff LaTulippe
Directed By: Nanette Burstein
Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
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Have you ever been in a long distance relationship? Going The Distance is just about that! It’s a romantic comedy that’s funny, realistic, and sweet all at the same time. I didn’t think I’d like this one but ended up really liking it when the credits rolled.
During the summer, Erin (Drew Barrymore) and Garrett (Justin Long) meet at a bar and hit it off immediately. They hook up and both realize the relationship isn’t going to last once Erin’s internship at a NY newspaper ends. They spend Erin’s remaining 6 weeks doing romantic things and just getting to know each other. When the time ends, neither want the relationship to end and try to make it work with the long distance thing. They come out to visit when they can, Skype and talk over the phone, but in the end, both need to physically be around each other or it’s just not going to work. In New York, Garrett gets typical ball-busting advice from his friends Dan (Charlie Day) and Box (Jason Sudeikis) whereas Erin gets advice from her sister Corrine (Christina Applegate). In order to make this work, eventually one of them is going to have to move and commit to the relationship.
Going The Distance ended up being a lot funnier than I was expecting. Justin Long and Drew Barrymore were great together and had nice chemistry in the film. I guess it helps that the two were dating during this time. Charlie Day from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and SNL’s Jason Sudeikis were both hilarious. Just from watching this movie alone, it makes me want to start watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia now. Christina Applegate and Jim Gaffigan married to each other seems like a movie all in itself but they were just seen in the movie here and there. During that time, they stood out. Christina just has great comic sense and timing. I think that’s one of the reasons why I like this movie so much, is the cast is really good and most are actors known for going off the cuff and improvising their lines.
I also liked the movie because it’s somewhat realistic, especially in this day and age. More and more people are trying to find jobs, and sometimes people have to make a choice whether or not to stay with your woman/man or take a job. It’s a tough and crappy situation and many people have been through it. I think once people see Going The Distance, they will relate to it. I think if this movie was released during another time, people would have appreciated it more but since it was released with a few other popular movies, it didn’t get the recognition.
The Blu-Ray and DVD combo has a nice set of extras to watch after the movie. The DVD doesn’t contain any but the Blu-Ray has them all like deleted scenes, off the cuff scenes, featurettes with the cast & crew talking about the perfect date, dos and don’ts about long distance relationships and relationships in general. Plus there are some commentaries as well which I didn’t get a chance to listen to yet. The featurettes were good and it was funny to hear what the actors thought about the awkwardness of dating and long distance relationships. Being actors, they certainly know the suckiness that is long distance relationships.
Going The Distance is a funny romantic comedy that both guys and girls will like. I think if you’ve ever been in a long distance relationship it also helps appreciate this movie as well. The movie has a great cast, cool soundtrack, and funny dialogue & scenes. Check it out!
How To Have A Perfect Date – The Stars Offer The Male And Female Points Of View
A Guide To Long-Distance Dating – Expect Advice On The Dos And Don’ts From The Movie’s Cast And Crew
The Cast Of Going The Distance: Off The Cuff – See The Hilarious Moments That Resulted When The Cast’s Improvisations Went To Far
Commentary By Director Nanette Burstein – The Award-Winning On The Ropes Filmmaker On Learning The Ropes Of Her First Romantic Comedy
The Boxer Rebellion If You Run Music Video
Behind The Scenes Of The Going The Distance Soundtrack
Includes Standard DVD Copy Of Going The Distance
Includes Digital Copy Of Going The Distance For Portable Media Players
Widescreen 2.40:1 Color
ENGLISH: DTS-HD MA 5.1
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
English, Spanish, French
Bottom Line: A funny and underrated romantic comedy about long distance relationships.
Running Time: 102 mins