Long term disastrous?
By Gayathri Nair
Going The Distance
Rating(out of 5): * * *
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate, Jason Sudeikis, Ron Livingston
Watching Nanette Burstein's latest movie Going the Distance reminds me of watching a Nancy Meyers movie; where they're very long, horribly draggy and with very little substance. However Going the Distance was probably catered for a younger crowd, whilst Meyers' movies attract the more matured crowd.
The movie was so long that while watching it, I had to turn to my colleague and ask if it were still the year 2010. I'm pretty sure that wasn't the director's intention, looking at it from a view where I put myself in the creator's shoes, it's not that easy to come up with a plot so interesting you hold your viewer's attention from beginning to end, while also hoping that the flick turns out to be a high grossing success in the box office. However, that doesn't mean that you should ignore the fact that the movie may turn out to be a flop despite all the hard work put behind it.
Now, judging from what I've said, I need to also justify why 3 stars were given for this flick, despite my ramblings about it possibly being a flop. Let's put it this way, it's not really a movie that's a complete waste to watch, nor is it a movie you absolutely must catch. It's more of an on-the-fence thing. My main issue with the movie, is simply that it was too damn long.
Garret works and lives in New York while Erin is only in New York for six weeks, until her internship is over at The Sentinel and then she goes home to San Francisco. Garret is well aware of this of course, but, the two can't help how their hearts feel for each other and decide to go for the plunge - a long- distance relationship. Of course it's all nice and dandy in the beginning and after not seeing each other for weeks, they want to tear each others clothes off and just do it on the dining table – literally. Eventually though, it gets taxing and suddenly trying to keep the relationship going seems to be a task...and that's how the story flows.
What was really weird though was that the time difference between New York and San Francisco is probably between 2 – 3 hours only, however somehow, Garret and Erin managed to make it seem like they were living on a 12 hour time zone instead! How bizarre.
The two characters to watch for however aren't the leads of the show. Christina Applegate marked her territory all over the flick even though she was the supporting cast. She certainly has a charm that easily makes one smile. The other character was Charlie Day who was absolutely hilarious (and one part gross) but certainly delivered the punch lines and brings out barrels of laughter.
As for Justin Long and Drew Barrymore, well one is a child actress and the other has definitely made his mark in the film industry for awhile now. Neither were disappointing in their roles, in fact they were quite natural as a couple and there were clear emotions shown by both. Then again it may also be because they're together (or were?) behind the screens as well.