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Going The Distance

Going The Distance (2010) – Rated R for sexual content including dialogue, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity.

As of late, if you went to the theater to see a rated-R comedy that was actually funny Judd Apatow was involved in some way.  He was either a producer, a director, or even a writer.  Some examples of rated R comedy gold that Apatow has touched include Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and most recently Get Him To The Greek.  Judd Apatow had nothing to do with Going The Distance.  But after watching it you would think that he had.  It’s hilarious in a raunchy sort of way and yet it still has heart.

Whether you want to chalk it up to their real-life relationship or their acting talents, Drew Barrymore and Justin Long have great chemistry on-screen.  Their meet-cute at a Centipede arcade game was adorable and is where these two begin their relationship.  You see, Long’s Garrett wanted to play the game so he stepped between Barrymore’s Erin and the game, forcing her to lose.  After finding out that she holds the high score he has been trying to beat, he offers to buy her a beer as consolation.  Clearly there is chemistry and the two hook up.  Since she will only be in New York for her summer internship, they agree to keep hanging out but keep things light so they won’t get too serious.  Of course this doesn’t happen so when she has to return to Stanford in California, they then agree to have a long-distance relationship because they are crazy about each other.  You’ll have to watch the film to find out if they end up together or not.

The film is chock-full of potty humor, racist jokes, masturbation jokes, and more vulgarity.   If this isn’t your thing, then you will probably get offended instead of finding it funny.  I, on the other hand, laughed so hard I nearly cried.  Like most comedies these days, the supporting actors have the funnier punch lines and this film is no exception.  Some of the funniest scenes involved Christina Applegate, as Barrymore’s older sister, and Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as Long’s best friends.  I really felt like Charlie Day was trying a little hard at times to be what Zach Galifianakis was for The Hangover (the over-the-top hilarious friend). 

I can already hear the negative comments from other critics, but don’t let that keep you away from this rated R comedy gem.  Clearly, raunchy comedies are not for the pretentious critics that audiences always ignore anyway.  If you want a good laugh, then you should go the distance to watch this film.  Filmtastic review = 4 1/2 stars.

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  1. zurkey
    September 2, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I gotta defend my boy Charlie Day, he seemed like the same annoying a$$hole, meaning to do well for his friends, but sometimes ending up a little short. Almost the same character hes been playing for years on “Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia”,(since 2005, Hangover-2009:) I think its just part of his personality or acting “style”, haha.

  2. September 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I didn’t mean for it to sound like I didn’t like his character haha. As a matter of fact, he was one of the reasons I laughed so hard in this movie! I just felt like at times he was maybe a little too over-the-top for his own good, that’s all. I should probably check out “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” some time because you say it’s pretty hilarious. 🙂

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