'Going the Distance' [Blu-ray]
(Justin Long, Drew Barrymore, Christina Applegate, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, et al / Blu ray / R / 2010 / New Line)
Overview: Erin (Drew Barrymore) and Garrett (Justin Long) strike sparks for a summer fling in New York City but neither expects it to last once Erin heads home to San Francisco and Garrett remains behind for his Big Apple job. But after six romantic weeks, neither is sure they want it to end. So despite opposing coasts, naysaying friends and family and unexpected temptations, the couple just might have found something like love. And helped by a lot of texting and late-night phone calls, they might actually go the distance.
Blu ray Verdict: Well, my editor gave me this movie for a reason - for I am currently in the midst of a long-distance relationship! And so, my long-distance boyfriend and I watched this movie on Skype last night ... and I was pleasantly surprised.
It lacked all the cliche, potty humor and predictability of similar fare. It was shockingly realistic as me and my beau have undergone nearly all the same challenges of an LDR (long-distance relationship) as the movie portrays. There's issues of exclusivity, sex starvation, questions of commitments, jobs, resentments, cost issues, holidays spent apart and back and forth teeter tottering. Sometimes I even think I have a relationship with my phone!
Spoiler Alert: Barrymore's character, a struggling journalist spends time in New York for a newspaper internship and meets Long's character at a bar (this is perhaps the biggest stretch of the entire movie as they immediately click enough to "seal the deal"). Barrymore and Long spend the next few months in the lovey-dovey honeymoon period of their romance and realize they don't want to end things. She flies back to San Fran and he stays in the Big Apple and thus, the plot of the movie: how do you make a relationship work with short-term visits and long-term time apart?
The movie was well-developed, engaging and funny. There weren't times that the story seemed forced or exaggerated. These characters (also real-life on/off again paramours) seemed to genuinely love one another enough to fight for the success of their couple-hood. This movie might not resonate as deeply with those have not had the experience of long-distance love but if you have, it's eerily accurate and spot-on in demonstrating the ups and downs of 'Going the Distance.' [VP] This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
How to Have the Perfect Date
A Guide to Long-Distance Dating
The Cast of Going the Distance: Off the Cuff
Commentary by director Nanette Burstein
The Boxer Rebellion "If You Run" music video
Behind the Scenes of the Going the Distance soundtrack