‘Going the Distance'
Director: Nanette Burstein
Stars: Drew Barrymore, Justin Long
Rating: R
Grade: 3 out 5

Most coastal city-dwellers who are familiar with the grittier, busier side of life, relationships and indie-rock bands will love “Going the Distance”; the rest of America, not so much.

But who cares: This is our land they’re filming, the land of beer, arcade games, funny friends and the constant struggle to juggle work and love. The leads — Drew Barrymore as Erin, a journalism student, and Justin Long as Garrett, a junior-level executive at a record label — are fun and likable in tackling said situations. But it’s the supporting cast — Christina Applegate, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis — who get the best jokes and lines.


So far, “Going the Distance” has not completely won over the critics. In fact, many are outright panning the film. But it’s so much better than what constitutes romantic comedies these days. It’s smart(ish) and hip, and the attraction between Barrymore and Long is relatable. Simply put: It’s not a rom-com you should be embarrassed by seeing or even dragging your very own Justin Long or Drew Barrymore to.

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