Going the Distance Review

The same old story.

Going the Distance (2010) is a romantic comedy that focuses on a couple Erin (Drew Barrymore) and Garrett (Justin Long) who, although they live over two thousand miles apart, attempt to make their relationship ‘go the distance’.

From Jeepers Creepers (2001) to Die Hard 4.0 (2007) Justin Long has played the same character throughout his entire career. He consistently churns out ordinary performances as plain, boring characters that lack any sense of depth. Unfortunately, but somewhat expected, it is the same old story from Long whose character is impossible empathise with.

In Going the Distance Justin Long is paired alongside Drew Barrymore who plays Erin; the girl in this guy meets girl tale. Like most of Barrymore’s performances this one is nothing more than okay. Similarly to Long she struggles to obtain any depth with her character.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005-present) star Charlie Day makes the leap from television to the big screen for the fourth time, but Going the Distance is his first venture in highly publicised films. With a lack of common sense, poor grasp on reality and terrible sense of personal hygiene the character he plays, Dan bears a similar likeness to his role as Charlie Kelly in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. His steals the show with his hilarious performance and I’d even go as far to say that he is the only good part of the entire project.

The long distance relationship is a traditional narrative that has reoccurred countless times in the film industry. It could be considered that Going the Distance is paying homage to the classics that have focussed on the same subject; Casablanca (1942), Castaway (2000) and Ghost (1990), but it really struggles to match up to these films and instead just seems to be a poor attempt at a duplication. Everything in this film has been done before and too much greater effect in the aforementioned films which causes every scene to become entirely predictable.

The film is a lot funnier than expected and all of the dramatic scenes were lacklustre and left me craving Charlie Day’s comedy. It’s hard to imagine that even fans of romantic comedies would go the distance to enjoy this film; 3/10.


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