DVD Review: Going the Distance

by | Dec 30th, 2010 | 8:00AM | Filed under: DVD Reviews, Movies

Going the Distance DVD review: Three cheers for the smart and hilarious romantic comedy that is Going the Distance. Real-life on-again/off-again couple Drew Barrymore and Justin Long make a believable, relatable silver-screen duo, but it’s the supporting cast members who steal the show.

Erin (Drew Barrymore) has six weeks left in the Big Apple before she heads back to Stanford for her second year of business school. She’s completely focused on turning her internship at the New York Sentinel into a full-time job—until she meets Garrett (Justin Long) at a hole-in-the-wall bar one night. Their mutual affection for Centipede and Top Gun makes for a great first date, and Garrett knows he’s found someone special once Erin proves she can roll with his meddlesome roomie (Charlie Day), who likes to blast “Take My Breath Away” whenever he senses (through the wall) that the new lovebirds might be in need of a romantic atmosphere.

Over the course of a month and a half, Erin and Garrett realize that they really, really, really like each other, yet Erin’s goin’ back to Cali. The twosome has no choice but to give the long-distance thing a shot.

Throughout the rest of the film, director Nanette Burnstein (American Teen) and screenwriter Geoff LaTulippe focus on the trials and tribulations of attempting to have a serious relationship—to keep that ol’ fire a-burnin’—when you might only see your object of affection once every three or four months. Erin turns to her blunt, protective sister (Christina Applegate, who nails every terse one-liner she’s given—she’s nothing short of brilliant) for a shoulder to cry on, while Garrett bemoans the situation to his aforementioned roommate, as well as his friend “Box” (SNL’s Jason Sudeikis). Though a lot of the back-and-forth between the girls and the guys is raunchy and pithy, it still rings true, and I found myself much more impressed with the film than I thought I was going to be. Sure, I predicted how it would all end about a half-hour in, but we’re not really going to see rom-coms for their twists and turns, now are we?

6 Responses to “DVD Review: Going the Distance”

    • Currently 5/5 Stars
    Posted on December 30, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Going the Distance is a wonderful romantic comedy. It is a story of long distance passionate love and how two people weather the great distance put before them. It is funny, romantic, and entertaining. Going the Distance is one of the best romantic comedies I have seen in a long time.

  1. Donna Grunewald
    Posted on December 30, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I watched Going the Distance the other day from Redbox and enjoyed it. I have to say that I was curious about the disk itself. Are movie studios producing DVDs specifically for Redbox now? The DVD I got had the Redbox logo actually printed right on the disk, like from the factory.


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    • Currently 4/5 Stars
    Sean Armstrong
    Posted on December 30, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I saw this in the theater. I enjoyed it while going through my own long-distance relationship. I felt the struggles are accurate ie. time zones, airplane fare, others’ comments. Although raunchy in some places, it had some good laughs.

  2. lulz
    Posted on January 1, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    So, do all of the above posters work for Redbox? Because this movie sucked, and every real critic agreed.

    • Currently 3/5 Stars
    Trevor L
    Posted on January 2, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I agree with lulz, some of these guys are laying it on a little thick. Although I did enjoy the movie. Applegate’s character was a hoot.

  3. Connie Webb
    Posted on January 16, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    This movie was a “shame on you” for Drew Barrymore and Justin Long. After the wonder movie “He’s Just Not In To You”, this was a step so far down. The language is filthy and useless. It seems the script was written to see how many profane words could be inserted into every situation. Disappointed is not the word I would use. Disgusted is more like it. Not good for adults, teens or any age group only for people who talk and think in F’ words more than English.