Tuesday, December 21, 2010

GOING THE DISTANCE (2010)

Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate, Charlie Day


"A comedy about meeting each other halfway"



I believe given that Justin Long and Drew Barrymore have an on and off again romance in real life contributed to their great chemistry on screen.

In this film, they play Erin and Garrett, a couple who are compatible in every way yet they live in different states. They try their best to make their long distance relationship work despite the time difference by maintaining an open line of communication. In this day and age, it is quite easy. One is only a phone call, a text message or chat away. In fact there is no reason not to keep in touch.

Yet as most LDRs go, jealousy, paranoia and the longing to be physically together starts to creep in and takes its toll on the relationship. In that aspect, both Long and Barrymore managed to portray these 'cons', realistically.

The supporting cast mostly provided the comedic lines in the film. Although there were some scenes which I didn't find funny and even found them to be offensive, raunchy and not politically correct. On the other hand, Christina Applegate as Erin's older sister was a riot even though it was such a short role.

For someone who has had LDRs in my distant past, I know how difficult and tough it is to maintain and sustain these type of romantic involvements. So in that regard, the film did pretty well and I like the way it ended. It wasn't really concretely conclusive, but we can draw up our own conclusions. And for me, Erin and Garrett do belong with each other.

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