GOING THE DISTANCE
After a snappy Meet Cute over ‘80s-era video games that leads to a steamy hook-up, thirtysomething hipsters Erin (Barrymore) and Garrett (Long) attempt to have a long-distance relationship after she returns to San Francisco.
On the plus side, LaTulippe’s script is honest and occasionally very funny, allowing ample time to allow Erin and Garrett to develop as believable people. On the other hand, they are still surrounded by grating stock characters from romantic comedy hell and contrived situations (like phone sex gone wrong).
But here is the deal: you’re either going to think this movie is very realistic in its dialogue or you will be put off by the sex talk and F-bombs. If you go with it, there is enough substance in the dialogue and situations to make it worthwhile. If you’re put off by the harsh language, move along, there’s nothing to see here.
This is Burnstein’s first narrative feature after a few high profile documentaries, The Kid Stays in the Picture and American Teen among them.
(New Line Cinema)