Going the Distance

Drew Barrymore and Justin Long star in that rarity –  a sweet, smart, funny and successful romantic comedy for adults.  Screenwriter Geoff LaTulippe tries a novel approach that respects the audience- creating characters like the ones we know in real life, who talk and act like real people do.  Instead of an implausible set-up, the conflict here is the real problem of a bi-coastal romance.

Her sister, played by Christina Applegate, is wound very tight for comic effect, but I know people like her.  His friends are WAY eccentric, but their exaggerated quirkiness delivers laughs without  distracting from the central romance.  Going the Distance has the toilet humor of a guy flick, but both genders were yukking it up at the screening I attended.

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