Thursday, 17 February 2011

Going The Distance: DVD Review

Going The Distance: DVD Review

Going The Distance
Released by Warner Home Video
Rating: R16
So here it is - another rom com tale of boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love and obstacle in their way.

In Going The Distance, Justin Long is Garrett, who's just split up with his girlfriend on her birthday - heading out with his mates Box and Dan (a very funny duo who bring the comedy), Garrett meets up with Drew Barrymore's Erin, an intern who's only in town for six weeks.

Despite that, the pair start seeing each other and fall in love - however, when it comes time for Erin to move back to the other side of the States, they decide they'll continue the relationship in spite of the distance.

Fresh, funny and grounded in reality, Going The Distance is a welcome addition to the rom com genre, one which has become synonymous with light fluff which is mawkish and sentimental.

With a witty script delivered by two very amiable leads who have great chemistry, all of the characters in this - including Erin's uptight and anally retentive sister (played by Christina Applegate) feel real and grounded in truth. Sure there's a hint of more adult material in the script but it's that kind of banter and humour which gives the script its sparkle and helps it retain its sense of reality.

Going the Distance is a welcome tonic to the romcom genre - and one which will be enjoyed by both male and female.
Extras: Only a few additional scenes. Disappointing.

Rating: 7/10

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