I’m currently in a long distance relationship, and when I saw the movie trailer of Going the Distance, I was immediately intrigued. I said to myself that even though I don’t watch movies that often these days, I would make sure that I watch Going the Distance.
I asked my mom to accompany me yesterday to watch the movie. I was so excited because I was expecting that I would be able to relate to most of the scenes in the movie, and maybe even get some pointers. We ordered our favorite popcorn & drinks and went inside to watch at Powerplant Cinema.
The story revolves around 2 people Garrett (played by Justin Long) & Erin (played by Drew Barrymore). They met at a bar in New York City while Garrett was nursing a broken heart. They immediately hit it off and spent time together for 6 weeks. Erin then had to go back to San Francisco, but they still liked each other so they decided to continue the relationship despite of the long distance.
They would call each other at wee hours of the day, would text each other often (even have phone sex!?). The people around them were worried. Garrett’s friends were worried he might be taking the relationship too seriously and he might end up being hurt while Erin’s sister is against long distance relationships and would not like her to repeat mistakes from the past. Even with those challenges, they ended up making some adjustments to make the relationship work and thus a happy ending.
The movie actually has a simple storyline and plot, and I actually think that a simple story is sometimes all you need. However, the problem I had with this movie is that it just didn’t have the type of humor that works in many successful romantic comedies. They inserted so many dirty jokes that it seemed like one dirty joke after another. I really was expecting at least more touching moments but instead we ended up seeing Justin Long’s butt and just a whole lot of making out and other dirty scenes. I was very disappointed. This movie isn’t like the other movies with Drew Barrymore that I liked. Movies like 50 First Dates or even Never Been Kissed were so much better than this recent movie of hers. I think if they focused on more touching scenes, cut out the dirty jokes, this movie would have been decent.
My Rating for Going The Distance: 2 out of 5 stars