I am a fan of Drew Barrymore. I think she is a big talent and for the most part does great work (He’s Just Not That Into You is a memorable misstep), but I have to say I was going to skip her latest, Going the Distance because it looked like another typical comedy made for boys to get them off.
Boy was I wrong.
But I don’t blame myself because as you might already know I spend way too much time reading about movies especially ones directed by women and about women, so the question I have is why did I get the message that this was going to be another Judd Apatowian type flick when it is so much smarter and funnier than any other romantic I have seen in a really long time. And to top it off because it didn’t screen a lot here – in fact I only saw one invite and that was for a middle of the day screening. I know the big studio movies just do an all media screening which is a mistake for a film like this that needs to build word of mouth.) So here’s a good movie that gets kind of lost. Is anyone talking about it? And I have to say that sucks.
Maybe I wasn’t interested because all the commercials seemed to focus on Justin Long and his merry band of friends? Since he’s the Mac guy and was in The Hangover (ok, I totally screwed up and he was not in The Hangover– sorry, my bad. He was in He’s Just Not That Into You and Youth in Revolt). Maybe the studios think they have a way to reach guys with comedies and can’t figure out how to reach women that they just decide to advertise to the guys? It’s a romantic comedy about a relationship between a guy and a girl. So you’d think that they would figure out how to try and get some girls interested in the film. And don’t forget that Drew Barrymore has top billing. She’s the fucking star. She’s been in I don’t know how many movies. And Justin Long, who was fine in this, is just getting started. But he was in The Hangover (which I hated) so he’s the shit now.
Oh yeah, did I mention how funny it was? For the first 30 minutes I was laughing so hard that I actually snorted some diet coke up my nose and had convulsions. (I know TMI) But that’s how funny it was. And, I am still thinking about the hysterical Top Gun homage.
Major points to writer Geoff LaTulippe on his debut. He did a great job with Drew Barrymore’s character Erin. She was multi-dimensional — raunchy, sexy, smart, insecure, stuck living with her sister while in grad school etc. She was real and that’s what has been missing from big screen comedies of late — real women. She didn’t wind up giving up everything for her man even though she would have, and I’m not going to give away the ending but it was let me find the right word for it – satisfying and adult. Also, major props to doc turned feature director Nanette Burstein. She did a great job.
Would love to hear other people’s thoughts on the film.