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Going the distance - Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate, Nanette Burstein

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

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Erin's (Drew Barrymore) wry wit and unfiltered frankness charm newly single Garrett (Justin Long) over beer, bar trivia and breakfast the next morning. Their chemistry sparks a full-fledged summer fling, but neither expects it to last once Erin heads home to San Francisco and Garrett stays behind for his job in New York City. But when six weeks of romping through the city inadvertently become meaningful, neither is sure they want it to end. And while Garrett's friends, Box (Jason Sudeikis) and Dan (Charlie Day), joke about his pre-flight calorie-cutting and his full-time relationship with his cell phone, they don't like losing their best drinking buddy to yet another rocky romance. At the same time, Erin's high-strung, overprotective married sister, Corinne (Christina Applegate), wants to keep Erin from heading down an all-too-familiar road. But despite the opposite coasts, the nay-saying friends and family, and a few unexpected temptations, the couple just might have found something like love, and with the help of a lot of texting, sexting and late-night phone calls, they might actually go the distance.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film romantic comedy relationship long-distance love bi-coastal phone sex calls love

Persons of interest

  • Drew Barrymore .... Erin
  • Justin Long .... Garrett
  • Christina Applegate .... Corinne
  • Ron Livingston .... Will
  • Charlie Day .... Dan
  • Kelli Garner .... Brianna
  • Natalie Morales .... Brandy
  • Jason Sudeikis .... Box
  • Rob Riggle .... Ron
  • June Diane Raphael .... Karen
  • Peyton List .... Kaley Arizona
  • Jim Gaffigan .... Phil
  • Sarah Burns .... Harper
  • Meredith Hagner
  • Matt Servitto .... Hugh
  • Oliver Jackson-Cohen .... Damon
  • Mick Hazen .... Zeff
  • James Schram .... Bar Mate
  • Ron Bottitta .... Creepy Neighbour
  • Zach Page .... Zander
  • Happy Anderson .... Terry
  • Geoff LaTulippe .... Screenwriter
  • Nanette Burstein .... Director

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Theatrical report

Going the distance is one of those feel good films that is pretty self-explanatory: you know the general plot before you go in so there are no surprises as to what the film is about or how it will end. However, in saying that coming from the perspective of someone in a long-distance relationship, I could appreciate the realistic and humorous take it had on such a common situation. The cast is great and there is undeniable chemistry between Justin Long and Drew Barrymore, who are a real-life on-again, off-again couple, which makes for great character dynamics. I'm not sure I'm convinced it is a big-screen must-see but it definitely makes for a great chick flick on a rainy day. If you have ever done long distance, I think you can appreciate the film's intentions but if you haven't you might find it a bit of a bore, but a great insight into long distance relationships nonetheless and with a happy ending, which is always nice.

The film looks at the reality of long-distance love and manages to light-heartedly comment on the difficult factors of loneliness, temptation, growing apart and general politics involved with being so far apart and trying to make it work. The film definitely flirts with the materials, the joys of late night calls, continuous texts, Skype dates and creative ways of satisfying the other in such situations, amongst other common scenarios such as convincing friends and families it is worth the effort and the strain of never-ending flights back and forth. It reflects kinship, determination and compromise for the sake of love. If you can overlook the predictable nature of the film then give it a go. Its' full of laughs and perhaps can prove that absence really does make the heart grow fonder! It inspired me in my own long distance situation to hang in there. Corny, I know, but true.

The romantic comedy movie Going the distance is directed by Nanette Burstein and stars Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate.

Government security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong sexual references)

Surveillance time

102 minutes (1:42 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 2 September 2010

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