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Going the Distance (2010)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  3 September 2010 (USA)
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A romantic comedy centered on a guy and a gal who try to keep their love alive as they shuttle back and forth between New York and San Francisco to see one another.



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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. Written by napierslogs

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A comedy about meeting each other halfway.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content including dialogue, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 September 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor a distancia  »

Box Office


$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,508,290 (USA) (3 September 2010)


$17,797,316 (USA) (15 October 2010)

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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2008 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »


When Garret and Box are discussing why Box grew his mustache, there are several references to the 1970s, including "Burt and his Camaro", which is an obvious allusion to Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit. However, the car Burt drove in all of the Smokey and the Bandit movies was a Pontiac Trans Am, not a Chevrolet Camaro. See more »


[first lines]
Garrett: So...
Amy: So...
Garrett: Happy Birthday
Amy: Oh. Thank you for the take-out.
Garrett: Sure. It's the least I could do. It is your birthday after all.
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References Garden State (2004) See more »


Could We
Written by Cat Power (as Chan Marshall)
Performed by Cat Power
Courtesy of Matador Records
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User Reviews

A forgettable and plain romantic comedy
2 January 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is about a couple surviving the hardships of a long distance relationship.

"Going the Distance" maybe a realistic look at the hardships of a long distance relationship. It tells the pains of a long distance relationship in much detail, such as trust issues, unclear future prospects of being together physically, and whether to pursue love at the expense of career due to relocation. Maybe "Going the Distance" is just too realistic, that I find it rather plain. It has comedic moments but it lacks the certain charm and fun that I expect of a romantic comedy. Out of all the characters, I like Christina Applegate's critical housewife the most. At least she stands out and is memorable. The rest of the film is unfortunately forgettable and plain.

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