Seriously Consider an Exit Strategy Before Going the Distance
- Friday, September 03, 2010
Not surprisingly, in a zippy little twist of rom-com convention, the very thing that director Nanette Burstein (yes, the documentary filmmaker of 2002's compelling The Kid Stays in the Picture) seemed so intent on avoiding, there's still no doubt that Erin and Garrett will get their picture-perfect happy ending. But have they actually learned anything in the process?
Well, as you probably already figured out, Going the Distance doesn't bother with anything remotely resembling takeaway value—deep or otherwise. Sadly, it doesn't accomplish the bare minimum by fitting the description of its genre. Neither funny nor romantic, Going the Distance does nothing more than test the patience of its audience, which isn't exactly the biggest incentive to bother buying a ticket.
Drugs/Alcohol: Plenty of social drinking (sometimes to the point of drunkenness), plus on their first date, Erin and Garrett break the ice by using drugs together.
Language/Profanity: Lots of salty language is pervasive throughout including numerous uses of the "f" word, several instances where God's name is taken in vain and countless rude references to male and female anatomy and sexual acts.
Sex/Nudity: What separates your average rom-com and Going the Distance is the sheer amount of sexual content. Talking about (or joking) about sex is par for the course (and be forewarned, it gets very graphic, rather than innuendo-laden). There are also a couple of sex scenes involving the unmarried protagonists Erin and Garrett, including a descriptive phone sex scene that goes on and on. When Garrett decides to get a spray tan, we see that he's completely naked, save for his hand covering the groin area. When Erin and Garrett decide to have sex on Erin's sister's table, her sister and husband walk in on them, and Garrett's bare bottom (with a handprint on it) is shown again. Later on, while Erin's sister and her hubby are dry-humping (yeah, it's an ongoing joke), Erin and Garrett walk in on them.
Violence: Only of a comedic nature.
Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog.
For more information, including her upcoming book signings and sample chapters of her novels, check out her Website.
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