Couple meets. Couple falls in love. Couple faces hardships. Couple ends up happily ever after. It’s the traditional romantic comedy formula, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Drew Barrymore rom-com “Going the Distance” follows it. But unlike so many of the overdone, cliched flicks that populate the genre, “Going the Distance” actually looks funny and even realistic.
When Erin (Barrymore) and Garrett (Justin Long) meet in New York, they immediately hit it off. Both have had their share of terrible relationships, and neither are looking for anything too serious.
Garrett knows from the beginning that Erin must return to San Francisco at the end of the summer, so they agree that they’ll make the most of their summer fling and enjoy the time they have together.
But at the end of the summer, Erin and Garrett aren’t ready to let each other go. They agree to give a long distance relationship a shot, but with a cross-country romance comes trials and tribulations that the pair may or may not be able to withstand.
It seems like a fairly simple and predictable story, but based on the trailer and clips that have been released, the writing seems smarter than the average rom-com and the cast is full of proven funny people. In addition to Barrymore and Long, Christina Applegate, Jim Gaffigan, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day round out the ensemble. Applegate never fails to make me laugh, and as a huge “It’s Always Sunny” fan, I’ll give pretty much anything that features Day a chance.
“Going the Distance” opens Sept. 3. Check out eight clips from the movie below.
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