Friday, March 11, 2011

Going the Distance - DVD Review

ll 1/2

Starring Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Ron Livingston, Kelli Garner and Jim Gaffigan.
Directed by Nanette Burstein.

It's a romantic comedy that is able to coast on the likeability of its leads for only so long. On one hand, it's nice that their dilemma doesn't feel like some manufactured plot device to rip them apart at the end of Act 2. They really love each other, but he's in New York and she's in California. On the other hand, this movie feels like it was assembled from a used-screenplay-devices program. Throw in some Judd Apatow level humor here, a meet-cute scene there, and the rest of the movie should take care of it itself. It has a couple good laughs, but it's not really original, and it's a matter of waiting to see which one will stop being selfish and move cross-country to be with the other.

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