Going the Distance


Erin (Drew Barrymore) is an aspiring writer.  She is an intern at a New York City newspaper.  While working there, she meets Garrett (Justin Long).  They begin dating and fall in love.

Erin’s internship ends and she is forced to move back to San Francisco with her sister, Corinne (Christina Applegate).  Garrett works for a music label (if I remember correctly.  It’s been a little while since I watched it) and loves his job.  He doesn’t have the option to move to San Francisco to be with Erin.  And she can’t afford to live in NYC without a paying job.

The two must try to find a way to work out their long distance relationship while Erin tries to find a job in NYC to move back.  It doesn’t go as smoothly as planned.  (If it had, there would hardly be a need for the movie.)  Tensions mount as neither can leave their place.  And it only escalates when Erin is offered a job and a San Fran newspaper.  Can these two work things out and be together?

If things went smoothly in the relationship, there would hardly be the need for the movie.  If things went as they did in the movie, there would hardly be the need for the movie.  This chick flick did very little for me.  I’m no better or worse for having seen it.  And there was nothing on tv, or even my DVR at the time I watched it.  It was something to fill the time.  I’m sure that’s exactly how you’ll feel.  I’m just glad I didn’t have to “go the distance” to find a Redbox to get it.  It arrived in my mailbox.

If you like depressing, neatly wrapped up (both have the opportunity to see someone else that wanders into their lives..) rom-coms (That is, romantic comedies.  I’m too lazy to type it all out.  But not too lazy to abbreviate and then give a long explanation about the abbreviation.), then you won’t mind this movie.  That’s not to say I didn’t laugh a couple times.  But if you saw the previews, you already saw the funny parts.  That said, it’s just not my cup of tea.  I’m a coffee guy.

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