Going The Distance (2010)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.

USA, 2010.  New Line Cinema, Offspring Entertainment.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Surprisingly charming romantic comedy that aims to step outside the usual boundaries of the genre and actually manages to pull that off.   visits New York from Los Angeles to do an internship at a newspaper; while in the city she meets  and the two hit it off immediately. When her job is over and she has to go back to the west coast they initiate a torturous long-distance relationship challenged by insecurity and loneliness, broken up only by the occasional visit of one to the other (including a reunion on a dinner table with a blisteringly funny outcome). contributes a terrific supporting performance as Barrymore’s protective sister in a film notable not only for its winsome moments of comedy, benefiting much from the chemistry between the breezily natural stars, but also for its ability to embrace the harsher aspects of the story without ever getting trite about them. Director Nanette Burstein makes a surprising leap to fiction films after much success with documentaries, and perhaps this is what gives the film more of a boost than you can usually expect from the experience.


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