Going the Distance Review Roundup: Definite Date Movie MaterialWendyM
The Going the Distance reviews are coming in, and so far, they’re pretty decent! Going the Distance, starring Justin Long and Drew Barrymore as a couple in a long distance relationship, has been touted by Barrymore as a chick flick that guys will love too.
A rom-com that makes for a perfect date night movie? I’m in!
While the main focus is the romance between Barrymore and “Mac Guy” Long, what I love here is the supporting cast in Christina Applegate, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day. You can’t ask for a better lineup of funny supporting players, with Applegate playing the hilarious germaphobe older sister, and Sudeikis and Day, showing off their comedic chops that have been honed on SNL and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, respectively.
San Francisco Chronicle: “The film captures the harshness and the sweetness of our time.”
Entertainment Weekly: “Going the Distance may be a minor movie, but it’s also the rare romantic comedy in which you can actually believe what you’re seeing.”
Boston Globe: “Going the Distance earns its R rating, often by daring to say what goes frequently unsaid by women in raunchy comedies. It’s not a very good movie. The entire second half is a sitcom. ”
Washington Post: “It’s filthy, funny and kind of sweet, if not quite up to the level of Judd Apatow’s oeuvre in the burgeoning field of R-rated comedies with heart. You will laugh and blush in equal measure.”
USA Today: “As it is, this uneven movie is more a compilation of contemporary images and concerns peppered with derivative raucous scenarios, Ý la Judd Apatow movies, than an involving romantic comedy.”
Variety: “This uneven effort saddles its likable leads, Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, with the kind of verbally exaggerated sexual humor that not only comes off as embarrassingly strained and calculated, but also compromises what the picture genuinely wants to be.”
The Hollywood Reporter: “Going the Distance is, in a way, a remarkable film: It’s hard to imagine any romantic comedy going wrong in so many different ways.”