December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

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Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

May 5, 2011

Going the Distance (2010)

When it's over, the film's attempt at being funny only made it silly.  Much of the humor is "forced," not natural like comedies such as The Hangover or Knocked Up, which both shared the same sexual raunchiness as Going the Distance.  Drew Barrymore and Justin Long star in this rom-com as lover's trying to maintain a long distance relationship between New York and Los Angeles.  Normally, profanity doesn't bother me if it serves to move the story and it's characters forward (such as Pulp Fiction), but when it's excessive in a lousy script, and the key word is "lousy," I simply find myself becoming indifferent to the story and its characters, which was the case for this film.  Also, I think the casting only hurt the film, not elevate it.  The pairing of Barrymore and Long was awkward and lacked the spark to make this romance believable.  Long may have won Barrymore's heart off screen, but he doesn't pass as a charismatic romantic lead.  Barrymore is usually upbeat, funny, and adorable, but as the character of Erin, she looked depressingly run-down and in desperate need of rescue. 

My rating: 2 out of 5

1 comment:

  1. I just watched this film yesterday and didn't like it as well. Too cliche. You're right, it is a lousy script.