Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Going the Distance

UK Release: 27th August 2010
Watched on DVD: Thursday 28th June 2012
Rating: 15
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Runtime: 1hr 42mins
Tagline: A comedy about meeting each other halfway.
IMDb Plot Synopsis: Erin has just six more weeks as an intern at the New York Sentinel before she returns to San Francisco. That's fine with Garrett since he just got out of a relationship. But their relationship blossoms and it quickly becomes something that they can't just drop in six weeks. They admit to wanting to be boyfriend/girlfriend just on opposite coasts. The distance wears on them, as with their nay-saying friends and sister, and soon they are forced to either break up or come up with a solution that has them living in the same city.

My Review: While it may seem like a different take on the rom-com by looking at something that is rarely looked at - the obstacles and hardships after falling in love - Going the Distance soon falls into the same conventions and cliches as any other. And with a little less charm unfortunately. The humour is a little off throughout and there are far too many scenes with Garrett’s unfunny friends and not enough with Erin’s surprisingly funny sister. And therefore it just felt rather ordinary, never quite getting off the ground. 
Yes, it looks at the pitfalls of long distance relationships but it is still pretty unrealistic in tone and the ending is very predictable making it all seem for nothing anyway. 
However, there were some sweet moments, the chemistry was good and the characters were likeable - which is something these days. It’s offbeat escapism, but nothing special!
Score: 5.5/10

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