“This isn’t a mustache; it’s a time machine”: Going the Distance

For the select few out there who care, I’m sorry I’ve been terribly unmotivated and have failed to write any reviews in more than a week.  Sometimes lazy wins.  Especially in winter, as I’m learning.

But about this movie.

Three minutes into Going the Distance, my cheeks were already sore from laughing so much.   By the end of it, my face was all kinds of exhausted, and my abs definitely had gotten a work out.  That was pretty much a given when you consider the cast:  Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate, Jim Gaffigan, Rob Riggle, Jason Sudekis.  Hell, even Mike Birbiglia was in this movie!  (That was a pleasant surprise for me.)   There is no way this movie could fail.

Going the Distance is about Erin (Barrymore) and Garrett (Long) who meet one night & hook up only to find out they actually like each other, but make it very clear they’re not looking for anything too serious since she is only in New York for the summer.  (She’s a 32 year old intern for a newspaper.)  When it’s time for her to go back to LA, they decide to try the long distance thing, and it sucks, etc.

This movie is one of the funniest films I’ve ever seen, and I think a large part of that is because it seems very real.  Together, they are sort of super awkward, but in a charming, we’ve-all-been-there, you just have to stick this part out to get to the comfortable part of the relationship kind of way.  Then again, there are the totally unrealistic parts that make it a movie.  (Garrett’s roommate, Dan, helps an old woman cross the street while having a conversation with Garrett about “cracking it off,” and the old lady joins in.  You know.  Things like that.)

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