GOING THE DISTANCE
Going Too Far
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Justin Long,
Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis,
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 109 minutes
Distributor: New Line Cinema/Warner
Director: Nanette Burstein
Executive Producer: Dave Neustadter, Richard
Brener, Michael Disco
Producer: Adam Shankman, Jennifer
Gibgot, Garrett Grant
Writer: Geoff LaTulippe
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Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO
Alan Horn, President/COO
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Phone: (818) 954-6000
Erin, a graduate journalism student played by Drew Barrymore, and Garrett, a young record executive played by Justin Long, meet in New York City. Erin and Garrett engage in what they know will just be a six-week summer love affair, but soon decide to make things work. Then, Erin needs to return to her San Francisco home.
The rest of the movie’s plot is simple. It focuses on Garrett and Erin’s romantic travails being apart. It also details the constant commentary and interference from their respective friends and family members.
GOING THE DISTANCE works like a lewd comedy from Judd Apatow (40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN and KNOCKED UP), only the talk seems a bit more explicit. Thus, the movie is somewhat funny yet very raunchy, while maintaining a sweet core with characters viewers come to care about and want to see together.
Regrettably, GOING THE DISTANCE is packed wall-to-wall with excessive foul language, including frequent use of God's name in vain in multiple variations and seemingly dozens of uses of the “f” word. Characters also discuss various aspects of sex, from self-abuse to phone sex and beyond, in graphic fashion, though the tone is intended to be humorous.
The core romance shows the couple is in love, but its pagan worldview makes living together seem as romantically ideal as getting married. The movie also has a humorously interrupted sex scene that is highly graphic, especially by romantic comedy norms.
Overall, this is a movie guaranteed to offend most people of faith. Sadly, there are too many moviegoers who probably will choose to overlook much of the movie’s lewd content, especially the language issues. They may mistakenly think GOING THE DISTANCE is a funny and sweet film with highly engaging characters. As MOVIEGUIDE® annual analysis of the box office shows, however, excessive, offensive content usually turns off most moviegoers, despite the presence of popular actors like the fetching Drew Barrymore.
GOING THE DISTANCE works like one of Judd Apatow’s lewd comedies, only the talk seems more explicit. Thus, it is somewhat funny but very raunchy, while maintaining a sweet core with characters that viewers want to see together. Regrettably, GOING THE DISTANCE is packed wall-to-wall with excessive foul language, including frequent misuse of God’s name in multiple variations and seemingly dozens of “f” words. Characters also discuss sex in graphic fashion, though the tone is intended to be humorous. The core romance shows the couple is in love, but its pagan worldview makes living together seem as romantically ideal as getting married.