Living in the current digital age, it is no wonder that a movie would be produced based on a long distance relationship. Cell phones and computers make long distance relationships possible to maintain, but it does not make them easy to keep. In Going the Distance, we are given a unique look into what long distance couples go through in their relationships.
Taking an internship in New York, Erin (Drew Barrymore) was not looking for a new relationship since her last one was so horrible. Garrett (Justin Long) also recently ended a relationship and is looking for nothing else, but a night out on the town. Leave it to a game of Centipede to bring these two together in a bar where they bond and forge their relationship. While they try to convince themselves that it is going to just be a fling, things heat up quickly and both find it difficult to part ways after Erin’s internship is over. Agreeing to entertain the idea of a long distance relationship, the two attempt it and quickly find that it’s not as easy as they had originally thought. Constant phone calls, texting, and even interacting over web cams, these two will do whatever they can to keep their relationship alive and heated while apart.
While all relationships have their hardships, this film shows that long distance relationships are no walk in the park. Garrett and Erin do their best to trust each other, but when they start to miss phone calls and don’t call when they agreed upon, jealousy and uncertainty rears its ugly head. That is fine, both has a support system, such as Erin’s sister (Christina Applegate) that is not exactly as supportive as Erin would like. Then there is Box (Jason Sudeikis), Garrett’s friend that attempts to give words of advice which sound more like a cautionary tale. Though their support systems are less than supportive of the relationship, they are supportive of the people they care about and are only looking out for their well being.
The funniest and yet endearing moment is when Erin and Garrett are attempting to consummate their relationship in which they are interrupted by Dan (Charlie Day) and his music. While attempting to set the ambiance for the couple, Dan decides to play music. Dan and his ability to hear through the thin walls of his and Garrett’s apartment make his character all too funny. While the movie had various other moments that gain laughs, the more notable laughs are delivered by Day’s character.
The only problem this film really has is its inability to be funny without the use of constant cursing and dirty jokes. It felt as though the film was attempting to capture the raunchy sex humor of American Pie while using the constant F-bombs of Kevin Smith films. While it had enough romantic and cute moments to make you smile, it also had an almost equal amount of jokes that made you raise your eyebrows. The cast was excellent, the acting was on point, but they could have done without the cursing and the raunchy sexual jokes that they relied heavily on for laughs.