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Going the Distance (2010)

Justin Long , Drew Barrymore , Nanette Burstein  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Justin Long, Drew Barrymore, Christina Applegate
  • Directors: Nanette Burstein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZG97QK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,927 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Going the Distance" on IMDb

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Erin (Drew Barrymore) and Garrett (Justin Long) strike sparks for a summer fling in New York City but neither expects it to last once Erin heads home to San Francisco and Garrett remains behind for his Big Apple job. But after six increasingly romantic weeks, neither is sure they want it to end. So despite the opposing coasts, naysaying friends and family and a few unexpected temptations, the couple just might have found something like love. And helped by a lot of texting and late-night phone calls, they might actually go the distance.

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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

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something New... May 13, 2011
Format:DVD
Just finished watching the movie.

Short rant:
This film is rated R. I have read through the reviews here, about people only watching 10 minutes of the film and turning it off due to language... If you look at the rating on this page and on the box itself, it is rated R for language, some drug use, and sex. If you are sensitive to the F word, sexual images, drugs, *and* you are trying to watch this movie with your family, then you are doing something wrong. Also the "I expected better of Drew" comments... actors try new things. Yes, Drew Barrymore has done lots of romcom chick flicks that you can watch with your preteen, but you might take notice that they are by and large PG-13, not R. If you are sensitive and/or watching this with your family or young ones, it is *your* responsibility to read the rating, not blindly watch a movie expecting it to adhere to your standards.
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As for the movie, the beginning introduces us to Garrett (Justin Long), who is newly single as a result of a funny miscommunication with his (now ex) girlfriend, and a summer intern, Erin (Drew Barrymore), who is working for the New York Sentinel newspaper while on break from grad school at Stanford. They meet at a bar and hit it off in a really unique way--over an interrupted game of Centipede; our female lead is the reigning champion on the arcade game's score board, and our male lead the interrupter and runner-up. It was unusual enough for me to take notice and expect a different kind of movie! The two leads hit off while a countdown starts running on the 6 weeks Erin has left before her summer internship is over.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great film February 4, 2011
Format:DVD
Short Attention Span Summary:

1. Guy meets girl.
2. Girl moves away.
3. The two try to carry on a long distance relationship, and the conflict is (of course) the effect of the distance on their relationship.

This movie was good all the way through, and while the content was chick-ish, it did provide many a good laugh. The writing was very good and the characters were well cast.

It would be worth the price of a second hand DVD to me. (As it happens, I saw this film on a plane included as part of the ticket.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars poor casting choices February 6, 2011
Format:DVD
OK. I'm sorry, but Drew Barrymore was just completely wrong for this movie. I get the "I'm 30 and I'm behind in my life because I put everything on hold for a guy" thing, but she seemed like she was trying to be some intense young 20-something. I really wanted her to act her age, which was unfortunate because all that eye make-up just made her look like she was 40 years old. Now, I like Drew Barrymore and have enjoyed many of her movies. But she and Justin Long really seemed like they were in two different age groups. The chemistry between them was forced and the desperation of a long-distance relationship just wasn't very convincing. Justin Long was I think a good fit for this role, but I don't think the character development was complete. He did seem to be just coasting along while Drew was overdoing it, but again I think he was held back by the poor chemistry with his co-star. I have seen him do terrific work in other movies ('Dreamland' and 'He's Just Not That Into You' are excellent examples), but this movie just had numerous issues all around.

I felt that this movie was trying to be funny in the manner of 'There's Something About Mary' or '40-Year Old Virgin,' but it just wasn't. The attempts at gross humor (especially all that swearing) were misplaced and forced and took away from the sweetness of the story. Christina Applegate was just plain mean, and men in general were portrayed as idiots. The one bright spot in the movie was seeing an excellent band, The Boxer Rebellion, which we see playing on stage at a club in San Fran.

This could have been a really good story in different hands and with a different cast. It just really missed the mark.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great comedy September 22, 2011
By Brassy
Format:DVD
This movie isnt meant to be an oscar winning disney film. Its hilarious and well written. The characters are crazy and unexpected, which is fantastic. Just take it for what it is, an opportunity to laugh alot and really hard and not take things so seriously. Highly recommend!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny & cute rom-com December 6, 2010
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
I am shocked that more people didn't respond to this one. It's a great movie with a hilarious supporting cast and cute love story too. It would make a good date movie or just watch it alone even, why not...Justin Long is adorable and the chemistry between the two main characters is obvious and nice to see on screen. Not bad at all & I definitely got a few laughs. This one's worth it...four stars!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Going the Distance" Review July 26, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
I usually do not write reviews on sites such as this but felt like I should for this film (considering that roughly a third of the reviewers have given it a 1). I know that film is subjective but I can objectively say that you are a moron if you gave this movie a 1.

A few reviewers attributed their low rating of the film in part due to the "bad language" in it. Well the film is rated R "for sexual content including dialogue, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity", can you people read...do you not bother looking at a film's rating before you watch it. If you do not want to watch a film because it has bad language in it then fine, don't watch it, and definately don't give it a bad review for it.

Also, a couple people pointed out that the film was "cliche"...people pointing out how something is cliche has become cliche at this point. Let me tell you something: at this point everything is cliche, everything has been done before. Whether or not it is done well is what I care about when watching a film.

In my opinion this film was well written, directed, and acted. Yes, there was bad language in the film but guess what? Most 20-somethings swear, I actually liked this aspect of the film...it gave it an added sense of realism. I personally thought the dialog was sharp and witty, much better written than your average romantic comedy. I like films that have a little edge to them and this film had that.

Regarding the acting, I thought everyone did a very good job. I don't watch a lot of Drew Barrymore movies but I thought she was very good in this as was Justin Long. They both are very natural on film and seem to have good chemistry.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars how to deal with a long distance relationship
One of the best acting jobs I've seen from Drew Barrymore
Published 15 days ago by Michael A Moore
1.0 out of 5 stars A Big Miss
Very disappointed in movie, language and sophomoric humor. I expect more from Drew Barrymore.
Published 18 days ago by Joe in Brentwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My girlfriend and I had a ball
Published 1 month ago by Patrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart humor.
Smart humor -- believable comedy. I have to reserve 5-stars for the truly GREAT ones -- but this one was all of a 4. A strong ensemble of actors made for a lot of laughs.
Published 1 month ago by David Berry
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great item.
Published 1 month ago by larry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sweet and funny
Published 1 month ago by Clara Butler
4.0 out of 5 stars ... watched this and there were parts that were really funny. Its a...
just watched this and there were parts that were really funny. Its a light side of a LDR and how two people can get through it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by T. Gracie
4.0 out of 5 stars :)
Definitely worth seeing!
Published 2 months ago by Angela
1.0 out of 5 stars Zero stars!
If it were possible to give zero stars, I would! The people in this movie are not acting. They are just reading lines as themselves. Read more
Published 3 months ago by So Be It
4.0 out of 5 stars Great pick for any night of the week
Super cute, fun and a few good laughs. Drew Barrymore looks her best and plays one of her best characters, while Justin Long is a little below par in his performance. Read more
Published 3 months ago by -S
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