Opened September 3, 2010 | Runtime: 1 hr. 49 min.
Rated R for sexual content including dialogue, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity
Sorry, girls. I know I said I’d review George Clooney’s newest movie, The American. But… I.Just.Can’t.Do.It! I don’t care for George, I think he’s a terrible actor and I can not bring myself to fork over even a few dollars at the matinee for this one. Ok, even if it was free, I wouldn’t go. Perhaps if I was paid… well, we all know I’m a movie whore anyway! No surprise there. So instead I bring you…
Going the Distance – the new romantic comedy starring real life couple (or are they this week, it’s hard to keep up with Hollywood!) Drew Barrymore and Justin Long. BTW – this was a freebie sneak-peeker for me. The last movie I paid to see was Piranha 3D. So, there you have my taste in movies. Take it as you will.
Where were we… ah yes. Romantic comedy. An R-rated one. And rightfully so. Not for the prudish! Not as juvenile/raunchy as Knocked Up. More in the vein of Wedding Crashers. Very funny, a little more crude than crass, definitely for adults!
The story starts in New York. Our two star-crossed lovers meet and six weeks later she (Drew) has to move back to SF. And so we all embark on a long-distance relationship. Will it work out? Can they manage to stay together? Will Drew ever be able to move back to NYC?! Dun-Dun-Dunnnnnnnnn!
Ok, so it’s formulaic and fairly unoriginal. It’s probably a remake of some Tracy & Hepburn movie from the ’40s that I’ve never heard of (and was probably much better done.) It’s not that I don’t like Barrymore & Long, I do. And they definitely have chemistry. And I LOVED Christina Applegate who plays her (very) over-protective sister. It’s just missing that something special.
It’s just an OK, racy, r-rated romantic comedy. I can’t give it huge thumbs up, even though I found it extremely funny. Because I also found it extremely forgettable. I saw it 6 days ago and I’m having a hard time remembering anything beyond “it was funny”.
My overall review: Netflix it, get your girlfriends together and play a drinking game for every time someone says the word “move”!
Going the Distance official movie website
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