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  • Summary: Erin's wry wit and unfiltered frankness charm newly single Garrett 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 and Dan 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, Corinne, 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. (Warner Bros.) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 31
  2. Negative: 6 out of 31
  1. The film captures the harshness and the sweetness of our time.
  2. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    The raunchy but charming Going the Distance is credible, intimate and more appealing than 90% of the romantic pairings in American movies these days.
  3. 75
    To date, no motion picture has adequately captured the soaring highs and devastating lows associated with a long distance relationship, but Going the Distance comes as close as any movie has.
  4. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    When Going the Distance works, it works well, and it feels genuine. But like a bad relationship, the movie will continually let you down.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    As it is, this uneven movie is more a compilation of contemporary images and concerns peppered with derivative raucous scenarios, à la Judd Apatow movies, than an involving romantic comedy.
  6. 40
    The disconcerting thing is how easy it is to fool viewers into being satisfied with not being involved, or even entertained - as long as they can RELATE.
  7. Going the Distance is, in a way, a remarkable film: It's hard to imagine any romantic comedy going wrong in so many different ways.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 25
  2. Negative: 7 out of 25
  1. Sep 12, 2010
    Just came from seeing this movie in a true stadium seating theatre...Thank you Ciniplex! This movie was great, I did not find it to be your typical romance (Like Pretty Woman or the Lake House) but it will definitely have itself a cult following. Drew Barrymore's character was raw and straight forward (Don't we wish that as women we could be forward like that). Justin Long's character played what I hear is typical of NY men, a very superficial man in the beginning of the movie. This movie is about the success of going to University, meeting a man/woman and finding your dream job. That's it...tons of satirical sexual innuendos...The movie is rated 14A for it's content...Good see, and I would see it again! Expand
  2. Feb 2, 2011
    A surprisingly raunchy romantic comedy that has an agreeably equal balance of tender and heartfelt moments and plenty of raunchy and occasionally funny scenes too top it off Expand
  3. Sep 6, 2010
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Romantic comedies have gotten stale. Typically, the male and female leads hate each other and then end up together. How many times do we have to watch that? Thankfully, Going the Distance isn't anything like the stereotypical romantic comedy. Garrett (Justin Long) falls in love with Erin (Drew Barrymore) while she is interning at a newspaper in New York. Knowing that she will be going back to California after her internship, the two of them decide not to get too serious. However, it ends up more serious than either expected and the two of them struggle to keep a long distance relationship going.

    The flow of the movie follows along with the sentiment of the movie. In the beginning while the relationship is new and fun, the tone of the movie is very light-hearted and laugh out loud hilarious. Seriously, Going the Distance is one of the funniest movies this year and had me laughing heartily over the first hour. As the relationship takes on a more serious note while Garrett and Erin try to figure out how to handle this long distance relationship, so does the whole mood of the movie; the jokes basically disappear, much to my chagrin.

    My biggest disappointment is the ending. Let me put a *SPOILER ALERT* here for those that might be completely oblivious to how romantic comedies work. Yes, Garrett and Erin get together in the end, but the ending isn't satisfying. Although the two of them end up together, there is an uneasy vibe between the two characters. After being apart for so long, the movie doesn't give the characters a chance to reconnect before the credits roll, as if the script was yanked out from the writer before he (or she) penned the epilogue.

    Going the Distance is one of my favorite romantic comedies ever. It strays from the norm and it is hilarious, at least for the majority of the movie. People who have gone through long distance relationships are likely to connect with the characters while watching the joy expressed when seeing that loved one after months apart as well as feel the heartache as the characters deal with the distance. This is a great date movie that will entertain male and female alike, totally worth the price of admission.
  4. Sep 12, 2010
    Maybe not that good for normal audiences but you will definitely familiarized if you had a distance relationship. Drew B got the sames "gags attitudes" from previous movies when she tries to be "sexy in a cute way" which can be sort of annoying sometimes. Justin always does a convincing job though. So, if you are or was in a distant relationship this movie is for you, you will find lots in common. Expand
  5. Jan 13, 2011
    Mostly fueled by the flat performance of Drew Barrymore but also supported by the largely disjointed script, this romcom leaves you with the same side-effects as a jet-lag. Expand
  6. Feb 12, 2011
    Going the Distance falls halfway between an uncommitted romance and a limp slapstick comedy. Drew is sultry and beauty as always, but like regurgitated food - this character was better the first few times. A long distance relationship is a full heart that is lonely. And somehow, that was missed. The couple falls in love while Drew is working the tail end of a summer internship in NYC. Jason Long just 'clicks' with Drew and they spend the next six lustful weeks together. Both agree that long-distance is not possible. As Drew is boarding to leave, Jason professes to her that perhaps, just maybe, long distance could work for them. After all, they have something deeper, something special, something...that can go the distance? The script, unfortunately does not develop much beyond this. The director, Nanette Burstein, seems to have taken the stance that "romance is awkward", and not the cute awkward, but the the mouth-breather panting down my neck kind of awkward. Romance needs connection. And not the cold, clammy awkwardness of a one-sided phone sex conversation. Expand
  7. Sep 5, 2010
    I'm sorry I just watched the trailer it looks completely generic and awful. This movie emphasizes your struggles during tough times and amplifies them. Expand

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