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Movie Review: Going The Distance February 16, 2011

Posted by shwaldman in Family, Society.
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Netflix Synopsis: New couple Erin (Drew Barrymore) and Garrett (Justin Long) don’t want their summer fling to end, but Erin must move across the country to finish school. As the bicoastal lovers try to keep their relationship going, they experience the tricky challenges of living long-distance. Directed by established documentary filmmaker Nanette Burstein (The Kid Stays in the Picture), this romantic comedy also stars Christina Applegate and Ron Livingston.

I tend to really enjoy Drew Barrymore’s movies. They are on the light side of life and yet she is a seriously great actress. Adding her real life boyfriend Justin Long to the mix made it that much more interesting. Knowing they were together and probably dealing with similar long distance relationships made it feel a little like a window into their lives. However, that is kind of where the fun ended. Christina Applegate plays Barrymore’s majorly OCD sister in an over the top way that made me feel kind of sad for her. Jim Gaffigan had some great one liners but the inclusion of half the cast of the The Daily Show with Jon Stewart made it feel a little tier 2 movie. This was not Barrymore’s best recent movie. If you are looking for one of her more recent movies that is better, check out Whip It.

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