Going the Distance

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"A comedy about meeting each other halfway."
  • R
  • 2010
  • 6.3  (59,885)
  • 51

Going the Distance is a romantic comedy film released in 2010, directed by Nanette Burstein and produced by Adam Shankman. It stars Drew Barrymore, Justin Long and Ron Livingston in lead roles. The story revolves around Erin (Drew Barrymore) and Garrett (Justin Long), a couple who fall in love and try to maintain a long-distance relationship when Erin moves to San Francisco for a summer internship.

Erin is a 31-year-old aspiring journalist living in New York City who is determined to have a successful career. Garrett, on the other hand, is a 29-year-old music talent scout who is content with his life and job, but eventually becomes more invested in his relationship with Erin. The two meet in a bar one night, hit it off and end up spending the night together.

At the end of the summer, Erin receives a job offer in San Francisco, and she and Garrett agree to try and continue their relationship long-distance. Throughout the movie, the couple struggles to maintain their relationship via phone calls and video chats, while Erin is adjusting to her new job and life in San Francisco.

As their relationship progresses, Garrett and Erin face a variety of obstacles, including differences in time zones, miscommunications and moments of jealousy. Erin becomes increasingly frustrated with Garrett's lack of commitment and their long-distance struggles, while Garrett tries to balance his career aspirations and his relationship with Erin.

One of the film’s strengths is its humor. The comedic moments are often deftly incorporated into the drama, and the humor balances out some of the more serious scenes. The film’s soundtrack also adds to its charm, with songs by popular indie bands like Band of Horses and The Airborne Toxic Event.

Ron Livingston plays the role of Erin’s older, married, but increasingly unhappy boss who develops a crush on her. His character adds an additional layer of tension to the film, as Erin is forced to navigate his advances while also grappling with her own feelings for Garrett.

As the film progresses, Erin and Garrett must decide whether or not their relationship is worth pursuing, despite the challenges that come with a long-distance relationship. Along the way, they discover more about themselves, their goals and their compatibility.

Overall, Going the Distance is a fun and charming romantic comedy that captures the struggles and rewards of long-distance relationships. The chemistry between Drew Barrymore and Justin Long is undeniable, and their performances anchor the movie. While it may not reinvent the wheel when it comes to romantic comedies, it's a relatable and enjoyable depiction of modern love.

Going the Distance is a 2010 comedy. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3 and a MetaScore of 51.

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