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  • Actors: Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis
  • Directors: Nanette Burstein
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Dolby, Surround Sound, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic, Dutch, Greek, Hebrew, Icelandic, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Jan. 2011
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZDNH6S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,472 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Erin (Drew Barrymore) and Garrett (Justin Long) strike sparks for a summer fling in New York City but neither expects it to last once Erin heads home to San Francisco and Garrett remains behind for his Big Apple job. But after six increasingly romantic weeks, neither is sure they want it to end. So despite the opposing coasts, naysaying friends and family and a few unexpected temptations, the couple just might have found something like love. And helped by a lot of texting, sexting and late-night phone calls, they might actually go the distance.

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Going the Distance sparkles with wit and true romance--something of a rarity among mass-market romantic comedies. Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, who have been a couple in real life, use their personal chemistry to effective ends in the film. They play Erin and Garrett, geography-crossed lovers who, after a whirlwind romance of six weeks in New York ("Keep it light! Keep it light" they both say, futilely), try to see if they can keep the love fires burning when Erin must move to the West Coast. There are predictable pitfalls and speed bumps that populate any romantic comedy, as well as a sublime supporting cast of friends and siblings. Especially notable is Christina Applegate as Erin's sister, Corinne, jaded and hilarious, and fiercely protective of her sister. But the charm of Going the Distance is in the winsomeness of its main stars. Barrymore and Long seem to be acting effortlessly, and their enjoyment of each other's company lets the audience feel a part of the romance. First-time screenwriter Geoff LaTulippe is less focused on zingers that are hard to believe as dialogue, and more on the subtle ways people get to know each other, and enjoy each other--especially with humor. Director Nanette Burstein (documentaries including American Teen and The Kid Stays in the Picture) keeps the action moving deftly and lets the two stars shine--even as they long for one another across the miles. Erin and Garrett's stab at phone sex is laugh-out-loud funny, yet their tender, tentative connection feels real and warm. Going the Distance lets its likable stars cross the finish line, and bring the audience along with them. --A.T. Hurley

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GratuitousViolets TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Mar. 2011
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My Thoughts: Normally, Drew Barrymore sparkles in romantic comedies and I had incredibly high expectations of this (the trailer did make it look alot funnier than it actually is). While there are a few "laugh out loud" moments, I didn't feel any real "spark" or "chemistry" between the two characters, which is odd being that Drew Barrymore and Justin Long were romantically involved at the time (just as their characters are). The storyline is so-so, when the comedy does come it feels forced or pointless, and the film just feels drawn out and sub-par in general leaving very little left to be interested in. I forced myself to watch this until the end but I really didn't get a feel or care about what happened to either character.

The Plot: Garrett & Erin meet by chance in a bar (fighting over an arcade machine) and have a brief relationship on the understanding that they will depart when Erin finishes her New York internship at a newspaper and moves back to San Francisco. As time quickly moves on, the two begin to catch feelings for each other leaving them both in awkward situations. Garrett is desperate for promotion in his New York based music-industry job while Erin has just finished spending the last few years of her life pulling herself back on track after previously having given up her dreams for a relationship.

Erin, determined that she will not give up her dreams a second-time around for love, moves back to San Francisco under the apprehension that there may be a New York job opening for her soon and turns to waitressing and living with her older sister in the meantime until she can find a way to balance both love and career. Garrett on the other hand is suffering at the hands of his first real relationship made only much harder by having to travel the distance to b with a girl he has fallen head over heels for.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Matthews on 9 Jan. 2011
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Is it just me, or is Hollywood currently churning out WAY too many films of this genre?
I seem to see Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Katherine Heigel, and here, Drew Barrymore in an endless romantic comedy cycle.

'Going the Distance' has a little more going for it, delivered mainly by the two leads and a funny (but quite profane in parts) script.

Erin (Drew Barrymore) is a 31 year old woman who is having trouble pacing her life, she is still in grad school and she has recently got a job as a summer intern in a newspaper in New York. While out with a friend at a bar she meets Garrett (Justin Long) over a game. The two then drink together and end up at his place and they have sex while (bizzarely) Garrett's roommate Dan DJed their hook up. The next morning Erin is anxious to leave but Garrett asks her to have breakfast with him and she agrees. She then tells him that she is only in New York for 6 weeks and is not looking for a relationship and he agrees with her stating that he had just got out of one and wants this to be casual.

Erin and Garrett start having a 'casual' fling but it starts to get deeper for them. They both continue with their fling, however when the six weeks are up they find it difficult to let go. After Garrett drives Erin to the airport they say goodbye, but just as Erin is about to leave Garrett runs after her and tells her that he is crazy about her and wants to have a long distance relationship with her. She agrees.

Over the next couple of months Erin and Garrett spend all their free time texting and calling one another trying to work out times when one of them can fly in, trying really hard to make things work, ergo the title.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Jun. 2014
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31-year old Erin Rankin Langford (Drew Barrymore) works as a lowly intern with her drinking buddy Brandy (Natalie Morales) in The New York Sentinel newspaper hoping her boss Hugh (Matt Servitto) will publish some of her work - maybe even give her a permanent job once her six weeks is up. Fat chance of either...

Meanwhile in an apartment nearby festooned with Top Gun posters and bong jars - Garrett (Justin Long) is getting dumped by his girlfriend due to his lack of a gift and emotional commitment. So Garrett does what any real man would do. He joins his two equally loose frat-style 30-something buddies Box and Dan (Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day) in Maddy's Bar where Garrett will be ritually abused by their endless examination of his disastrous love life over copious jugs of beer.

But as Garrett goes to the Gents - he is drawn to the Centipede machine nearby only to find intern Erin clocking up a huge score on his favourite video game. After a frazzled introduction - she joins him at the table with his two buddies and they exchange gross remarks and laughs - even engage in a quiz where she outsmarts everyone on Egypt and The Rolling Stones. Soon she's in his apartment discussing their favourite movie (The Shawshank Redemption) and having the Berlin song (title above) from Top Gun played through the wall as they kiss by a nosey Dan who is listening in the next room. Next they're in bed making sweet Eighties love songs and other kinds of reprehensible noises...

The next morning the dopey couple go for breakfast and having decided that Garrett isn't a slut (even though he got dumped and laid in the same night) - they exchange numbers on napkins and agree to meet up again.
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