Going The Distance
Relationships are difficult enough in the real world, but when they get the Hollywood treatment, they get to a whole new level of difficult. But is Hollywood just mimicking life, especially when it comes to rom-coms?
It’s certainly easy enough to see the ironic truth to the way Garrett’s (Justin Long) relationship crashes and burns on his girlfriends birthday, just because he doesn’t understand the female mind.
But that’s the thing with a good comedy, and like wise a good rom-com; there has to be that element of truth. Those situations – no matter how far they’ve been stretched – that we can relate to. That’s comedy gold, allowing us to laugh at absurd situations that we all to easily would allows ourselves to get into. And this is where Going The Distance shines.
Sure it’s predictable as hell, but after being dumped by his girlfriend, and going out with his two best mates for a self pity session, Garret bumps into Erin (Drew Barrymore). Erin is a legendary arcade gamer, likes to drink beer with the boys, loves Top Gun and likes Garret’s flatmate. In essence she’s the perfect friend, with benefits.
Oh yeah, and she’s only in town for another six weeks so only wants some fun, not a serious relationship. Could there be a better re-bound for Garret than Erin?
Of course, being a rom-com we all know exactly where this is going.
It’s cute, quirky and laugh out loud funny. It has periods of slowness an a few parts where you will audibly groan, but it’s good at what it tries to be, a light hearted romantic comedy.
Reviewed by: Jonathan