Going the Distance (2010)

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6.3 out of 10 (view IMDb page)

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R for sexual content including dialogue, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity.
Comedy, Romance
Nanette Burstein
Geoff LaTulippe (written by)

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Rev. Adam McKinney on September 1st, 2010

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Starring Justin Long, Hollywood's Iffiest Leading Man, Going the Distance seems to be setting itself up as a mature romantic comedy - well, mature in the sense that I get the impression there may be nudity. The film is Rated R, which is a rare thing in the world of rom-coms.

Garrett (Long) and Erin (Drew Barrymore) meet and fall in love, but their relationship is threatened when Erin gets a job at the San Francisco Chronicle and must move to the other side of the country. Garrett and Erin try to maintain a long-distance relationship in the face of disastrous phone sex and interference from Garrett's scruffy best friends, as played by the delightful Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis. Plus, Jim Gaffigan is there.

At around 2 minutes into the trailer, we see the first bit of physical comedy, which has become an unfortunate staple in modern romantic comedies. Nary a film goes by without the inclusion of some sort of nut shot or pie in the face. The modern rom-com landscape resembles a series of Three Stooges movies as directed by Nora Ephron.         

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