Going the Distance

Going the Distance
Going the Distance
  • R
  • 1h 43m
  • 2010
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Drew Barrymore and Justin Long (He's Just Not That Into You) reunite as a couple trying to maintain a long-distance relationship -- against all odds -- in this romantic comedy from the producers of Hairspray and 17 Again. Playing a couple who are good together -- even when they're apart -- one is an assistant at a Manhattan-based record company, the other's an aspiring journalist heading back to Berkeley to finish school. With a webcam connection and frequent flier miles, the two gamely navigate the pitfalls and miscommunications of their bicoastal romance, dodging bad advice from friends and some predatory singles who won't take "taken" for an answer. But when it seems their wait to be together is almost over, she scores her dream job in California just as his career heats up in New York. The big breaks they've been hoping for could break them up for good...unless their love can truly go the distance.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: It's timelier and a little more honest than most romantic comedies, but Drew Barrymore and Justin Long's screen chemistry doesn't make up for Going the Distance's overall flatness.
Peter Bradshaw

A long haul.

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
James King

Doesn't go the whole distance. But it's a start.

March 2, 2019
Time Out
Anna Smith

What's both refreshing and problematic is that there's no emotional imbalance between boy and girl...

June 22, 2017
Detroit News
Tom Long

The film's constant raunch factor balances out its romantic center in a way that will likely surpr...

June 22, 2017
Globe and Mail
Rick Groen

Particularly forgettable.

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Edgy Barrymore romcom has lots of sex, language.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this refreshing romcom is quite a bit edgier than many of star Drew Barrymore's other, more kid-friendly comedies: It's a frank exploration of long-distance relationships and all of the challenges that come with them, from the emotional to the sexual. There's lots of swearing (including frequent use of "f--k"), plus plenty of references to -- and colorful descriptions of -- sex acts (including oral sex, masturbation, phone sex, and more). A few scenes include some partial male nudity (including a memorable butt shot); there's also a fair bit of drinking and some drug use (the lead characters smoke weed with a bong).

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:September 3, 2010
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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