I’m a complete sap for Romantic Comedies. When I saw the trailer for this movie I just couldn’t wait to view this film. “Going the Distance” has a charismatic cast of characters starting with my favorite female actresses Drew Barrymore and Christina Applegate and let’s not forget cutie Justin Long. Not only does this film star my favorite actors but was shot in my hometown and favorite place, NYC. This sweet story brings Erin & Garrett together. Erin (played by Barrymore) is only in town for 6 weeks and Garrett (Long’s character) is newly single and seems to have a bad luck streak with women. The two meet at a Manhattan bar with no intentions of their relationship leading to love. Applegate plays Corinne (Erin’s sister) and ads a great sense of sass and humor to this motion picture. Since neither Garrett nor Erin are looking for a committed relationship they decide to have a no strings attached summer fling but find themselves falling for one another. Can their love survive the long distance?
This film has had mixed reviews but I beg to differ with the negative riff raff. Some say this film is cliché, contrived, and has been done before. That is what’s wrong with today’s film goers! Why is it so hard for people to enjoy a light hearted sappy love story? Love is all we need people. “Going the Distance” made me want to fall in love. I truly enjoyed this film. It brought back a sense of hope and romance that lacks in today’s society. I felt as if I was watching a real life love story right before my eyes. Long and Barrymore make the cutest couple. They definitely share an on screen spark and natural chemistry. Maybe it has something to do with their on again off again real life relationship.
For anyone who has had to endure long distance love or time apart from a lover can definitely relate to “Going the Distance”. I love how the director Nannette Burstein adds a modern flair using the state of the economy as a hindrance to this long distance relationship. Due to the terrible economy the two don’t get to see each other very often and use modern technology (Skype) to sustain their relationship. This film captures intimacy and raunchiness at it’s finest. One of my favorite scenes is when Erin and Garrett indulge in an intimate predicament on the dining room table in the home of Erin’s sister and brother in law. The two get caught like high school students. But the humor doesn’t end there. The next evening there is a dinner party thrown at the same table the love birds have christened.
“Going the Distance “is a film worth seeing. It’s a great date movie or a fun night out with the girls. It will make you laugh, tear up and want to fall in love. Go the Distance and go peep this movie.
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