Dir. Nanette Burstein
Running Time: 102mins
Aus Rating: MA15+
Being a fan of romantic comedies can be difficult in these modern times. It has been a long time between drinks and great rom-coms are hard to come by. While Going the Distance isn’t going to rewrite the history books of the genre, it does prove to be a snappy and entertaining entry that should hit all the right bases for a date night trip to the cinema. Owing an obvious debt to the films of Judd Apatow, this film from documentary filmmaker Nanette Burstein is filled with crassness and curse words to appear edgy, but what allows it to succeed is the charm of stars Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, its bright and appealing visuals and its refreshing take on the romantic meanderings of thirty-somethings.
One issue I don't raise in the review is Drew Barrymore's continuing obsession with making movies with her boyfriend of the day. She has made films with Tom Green, Jimmy Fallon and now two with Justin Long (after He's Just Not That Into You last year). I'm not sure why she does it, can anyone answer? Anyway, B