It’s Wednesday, hump day. The week is half over, and the weekend is just around the corner, so what is a dedicated movie watcher to do? In this weekly column, AngieBee makes her suggestions on what movies you should check out to get you through the rest of the week.
PLOT: 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.
REVIEW: Hi everyone!! AngieBee here again with another Hump Day review. This week, I’m checking out the Drew Barrymore/Justin Long rom-com GOING THE DISTANCE. Recently watched again (originally caught it on cable about a year ago and, for some reason, didn’t write a little something up then) and I can really say that I enjoyed every minute of it. It’s light, funny, not-too-serious and features some really cute performances. And isn’t that all anyone should really ask from a rom-com?
The film centers around a relationship conceived with only one rule: It will end in exactly six weeks. That’s when Erin (Barrymore) moves back to California and Garrett (Long) doesn‘t move physically but has to move on mentally. But as fate (or the screenwriters) would have it, these two are a perfect match. Thus the six week rule is abandoned and they opt for the dreaded “long distance” relationship.
What’s interesting here is that Garrett is actually a good guy. He wasn’t looking for love and certainly didn’t expect to fall headfirst into it but he’s not willing to let his feelings (or hers) derail their actual lives. Love is great. Love is grand. But you need to be realistic about it before making the drastic changes. Thus the “long distance” part. He doesn’t want to Erin to give up her dream and waste her education just to be with him. The idea is that she pursues her dreams, he pursues his, they continue to see each other (but with distance) and hopefully their paths will ultimately meet in the middle. He is prepared to make it work, no matter what.
Erin feels the same way and wants more than anything to make their relationship work. Unfortunately, the four hour time difference and distance (she’s in San Francisco, he’s in NYC) step in at the worst times to try and make it not work. They try visiting each other, phone sex and even attempt to find new jobs …all to no avail.
Fortunately, Garrett has good (well, wacky) friends to get him through everything. Garrett’s roommate Dan (Day) listens to everything (as in, EVERYTHING) and tries to set the mood with music. As in, blasting Berlin‘s “Take My Breath Away” through the ultra-thin walls of their apartment so Garrett can get it on with Erin. Dan is sooo funny. He’s the perfect side kick. He says what he thinks no matter what, sits on the toilet with the door open, cracks the perfect joke when it‘s needed and always has unexpected advice (which usually makes sense in weird way) for any situation. It’s apparent right from the start that Garrett’s (Jason Sudeikis, Day’s HORRIBLE BOSSES co-star, is funny as the third corner of this lovable goofball trio) friends will do anything for their buddy.
So Erin moves back in with sister and family after leaving New York. This is where we meet Christina Applegate’s character Corinne who is pretty much Kelly Bundy all grown up. MARRIED WITH CHILDREN fans should get a kick out of that. She plays the married older worried big sister who wants what is best for her little sister. At one point, Corinne explains “dry humping” which is really funny and apparently done a lot for her marriage. Not sure how faux-humping is supposed to be better than the real thing but whatever.
Christina Applegate has really carved a nice little niche for herself, hasn‘t she? She’s constantly picking really good movies that suit her age but also play up her strengths. She isn‘t trying to play someone she can‘t possibly be. That’s pretty refreshing considering we live in an age where actresses pushing (and sometime past) 30 keep trying to pass themselves off as teenagers. And don’t even get me started on Madonna. You don’t want to hear my two cents about her.
The funniest scene in GOING THE DISTANCE is Garrett’s first visit to California. He and Erin are so horned up when the reunite that sex starts from the moment they arrive at sister’s house. On the kitchen table. With Corinne’s husband watching. As in, they didn’t see him there and got it on. Hearing the commotion, Corrine comes down the stairs to find a naked Garrett with the outline of a hand on his newly tanned ass having sex with her sister while her husband watches -- priceless, right? -- and amazing first impression. The actual scene, the cleaning up of the aftermath and the dinner that follows the next day is worth seeing the whole movie.
I really liked this movie. The comedy is a bit raunchy at points but that’s okay. Not all rom-coms need be sickly sweet. And the performances and plot here make this one truly worth watching. I love it when I see people putting others needs before there own. And while the end might be a touch predictable, this is one ride worth going the distance for.
Congratulations!! The week is half over and Friday is just around the corner. Enjoy the movie.