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Going the Distance (2010)

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A romantic comedy centered on a guy and a gal who try to keep their love alive as they shuttle back and forth between New York and San Francisco to see one another.

Director:

Nanette Burstein

Writer:

Geoff LaTulippe

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Drew Barrymore ... Erin
Justin Long ... Garrett
Charlie Day ... Dan
Jason Sudeikis ... Box
Christina Applegate ... Corinne
Ron Livingston ... Will
Oliver Jackson-Cohen ... Damon
Jim Gaffigan ... Phil
Natalie Morales ... Brandy
Kelli Garner ... Brianna
June Diane Raphael ... Karen
Rob Riggle ... Ron
Sarah Burns ... Harper
Terry Beaver Terry Beaver ... Professor
Matt Servitto ... Hugh
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Storyline

Erin has just six more weeks as an intern at the New York Sentinel before she returns to San Francisco. That's fine with Garrett since he just got out of a relationship. But their relationship blossoms and it quickly becomes something that they can't just drop in six weeks. They admit to wanting to be boyfriend/girlfriend just on opposite coasts. The distance wears on them, as with their nay-saying friends and sister, and soon they are forced to either break up or come up with a solution that has them living in the same city. Written by napierslogs

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Taglines:

A comedy about meeting each other halfway.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content including dialogue, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor a distancia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,508,290, 5 September 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,804,299, 21 October 2010
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Justin Long's character wears the same shirt in the two break-up scenes he has in the film. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Garret leaves California after his visit, he states that he "got the middle seat" after getting his boarding pass from Southwest Airlines. Southwest boarding passes do not assign seats, but have boarding groups instead, so he could not know what seat he would be taking. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Garrett: So...
Amy: So...
Garrett: Happy Birthday
Amy: Oh. Thank you for the take-out.
Garrett: Sure. It's the least I could do. It is your birthday after all.
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Connections

References Triumph of the Will (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Could We
Written by Cat Power (as Chan Marshall)
Performed by Cat Power
Courtesy of Matador Records
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Showed promise, but worn down by lazy writing
6 September 2010 | by jdinanSee all my reviews

"Going the Distance" had potential, as I was intrigued by the concept of a film based on the concept of a couple trying to maintain a long-distance relationship. There was a sense of realism there, and those who have dealt with such relationships can understand Barrymore and Long as they experience that on screen.

But what had the potential of being more than just your typical romantic comedy was dragged down by several factors...

1. Profanity -- there is a role for profanity in movies, yet "Going the Distance" seemed to want to drop f-bomb after f-bomb for the sole purpose of shocking the viewer. There was absolutely no need for such salty language in this film.

2. Dropped subplots -- I wanted to see more in regards to Justin Long's job at the record company, as well as Drew Barrymore's relationship with the bartender in California.

3. Weird scenes -- one scene in particular (won't spoil it for you) seemed to only be in the film to give Jim Gaffigan a chance to show off his standup.

Overall, there is a good film within "Going the Distance." You have to hack through the lazy writing, etc., to find it.


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