Going the Distance (2010) English Movie Review-DVD Release: Drew Barrymore-Justin Long

Going The Distance Hollywood Film
Going The Distance Hollywood Film

September 3, 2010 (Calcutta Tube): GOING THE DISTANCE is a 2010 romantic comedy film releasing in the USA today starring Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis and others. GOING THE DISTANCE is directed by Nanette Burstein. Watch the Trailer of Going The Distance online, read review and sign up for the DVD and BLU RAY Release date for the movie online on Amazon.Com.

Brief Review: Going the Distance sparkles with wit and true romance–something of a rarity among mass-market romantic comedies. Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, who have been a couple in real life, use their personal chemistry to effective ends in the film. They play Erin and Garrett, geography-crossed lovers who, after a whirlwind romance of six weeks in New York (“Keep it light! Keep it light” they both say, futilely), try to see if they can keep the love fires burning when Erin must move to the West Coast. There are predictable pitfalls and speed bumps that populate any romantic comedy, as well as a sublime supporting cast of friends and siblings. Especially notable is Christina Applegate as Erin’s sister, Corinne, jaded and hilarious, and fiercely protective of her sister. But the charm of Going the Distance is in the winsomeness of its main stars. Barrymore and Long seem to be acting effortlessly, and their enjoyment of each other’s company lets the audience feel a part of the romance. First-time screenwriter Geoff LaTulippe is less focused on zingers that are hard to believe as dialogue, and more on the subtle ways people get to know each other, and enjoy each other–especially with humor. Director Nanette Burstein (documentaries including American Teen and The Kid Stays in the Picture) keeps the action moving deftly and lets the two stars shine–even as they long for one another across the miles. Erin and Garrett’s stab at phone sex is laugh-out-loud funny, yet their tender, tentative connection feels real and warm. Going the Distance lets its likable stars cross the finish line, and bring the audience along with them. –A.T. Hurley

New couple Erin (Drew Barrymore) and Garrett (Justin Long) don’t want their summer fling to end, but Erin must move across the country to finish school. As the bicoastal lovers try to keep their relationship going, they experience the tricky challenges of living long-distance. Directed by established documentary filmmaker Nanette Burstein (The Kid Stays in the Picture), this romantic comedy also stars Christina Applegate and Ron Livingston.

Cast and Crew

  • Cast:    Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Christina Applegate, Ron Livingston, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Jim Gaffigan, Kelli Garner, June Diane Raphael, Rob Riggle, Sarah Burns, Natalie Morales, Matt Servitto, Leighton Meester, Kristen Schaal
  • Director:    Nanette Burstein
  • Genres:    Comedy, Romantic Comedies, Romantic Dramas
  • Rating: R for Sexual content including dialogue, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity

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Erin’s (Drew Barrymore) wry wit and unfiltered frankness charm newly single Garrett (Justin Long) over beer, bar trivia and breakfast the next morning. Their chemistry sparks a full-fledged summer fling, but neither expects it to last once Erin heads home to San Francisco and Garrett stays behind for his job in New York City. But when six weeks of romping through the city inadvertently become meaningful, neither is sure they want it to end. And while Garrett’s friends, Box (Jason Sudeikis) and Dan (Charlie Day), joke about his pre-flight calorie-cutting and his full-time relationship with his cell phone, they don’t like losing their best drinking buddy to yet another rocky romance. At the same time, Erin’s high-strung, overprotective married sister, Corrine (Christina Applegate), wants to keep Erin from heading down an all-too-familiar road.

But despite the opposite coasts, the nay-saying friends and family, and a few unexpected temptations, the couple just might have found something like love, and with the help of a lot of texting, sexting and late-night phone calls, they might actually go the distance.

Academy Award®-nominated documentary filmmaker Nanette Burstein (“On the Ropes”) makes her feature film directorial debut with “Going the Distance.” The film is written by Geoff LaTulippe and stars Golden Globe Award winner Drew Barrymore (“Grey Gardens”), Justin Long (“He’s Just Not That Into You”), Charlie Day (TV’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), Jason Sudeikis (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”), Jim Gaffigan (“17 Again”) and Golden Globe Award nominee Christina Applegate (TV’s “Samantha Who?” and “Jesse”).

The film is produced by Adam Shankman (“17 Again”), Jennifer Gibgot (“The Last Song”) and Garrett Grant (“Hairspray”). Dave Neustadter, Richard Brener and Michael Disco serve as executive producers.

Burstein’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Eric Steelberg (“Up in the Air”), production designer Kevin Kavanaugh (“Whip It”), editor Peter Teschner (“Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”), costume designer Catherine Marie Thomas (“The Proposal”) and composer Mychael Danna (“(500) Days of Summer”).

A New Line Cinema production, “Going the Distance” is scheduled for release on September 3, 2010 and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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