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Going the Distance (2010)

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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 USA:

$8,508,290, 5 September 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,804,299, 21 October 2010
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Geoff LaTulippe - the movie's writer - is a close friend of producer Dave Neustadter and based this movie on Dave's real-life long-distance relationship with a former girlfriend. See more »


During the Bar-b-q at Erin's sister's house, Corinne puts two hamburgers on the plate. In the next shot, the burgers are gone from the plate as she puts two more burgers on the plate. 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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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.162 (2011) See more »


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Written by Adam Harrison (as A. Harrison), Piers Hewitt (as P. Hewitt), Todd Howe (as T. Howe) and Nathan Nicholson (as N. Nicholson)
Performed by The Boxer Rebellion
Courtesy of The Boxer Rebellion LLP
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My Review: Going the Distance
9 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

¨A comedy about meeting each other halfway. ¨ Oscar nominated documentary director Nanette Burstein brings us ¨Going the Distance¨, which marks the first time she directs a fictional film. It's a rom/com that deals with long distance relationships and the screenplay was written by first time screenplay writer Geoff LaTulippe. Justin Long and Drew Barrymore play the two main characters who begin a no strings attached relationship, but end up falling in love despite the fact that Drew's character, Erin, is moving from New York to San Francisco. Justin Long is Garrett, a guy who works in New York for a record label and who isn't looking for a serious relationship with Erin because he knows she is going to leave soon, but their friendship grows and love blossoms. Both decide they can't let such a good thing end and decide to continue their relationship despite the distance. Justin and Erin try to make the relationship work, but they face several difficult situations that most people who have had long distance relationships can identify with. The movie mixes comedy with romance and at the same time it has several situations we can identify with. Some of the secondary characters enhance the comedy, such as Christina Applegate who plays Erin's married sister who is very uptight and overprotective. Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis play Dan and Box, Garrett's best friends who have some of the funniest lines in the movie. The chemistry between Barrymore and Long is good and the screenplay has several funny moments, but at the end of the film you realize you have already seen this movie before since it ends up being pretty predictable. This is one of those movies that had potential to be so much better, but at the end it stuck with Hollywood's predictable rom-com formula. You might have an enjoyable movie going experience with Going the Distance, but it is far from memorable and by the end of the day you will have forgotten all about it. For people who have gone through long distance relationships and its struggles, then they may feel drawn towards it and identify with some of the things happening, but as a comedy I was expecting a little more.


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