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Going the Distance Review Critics


Dave White Profile

At least worth a trip to the couch. Read full review


Jen Yamato Profile

Funny, fresh, and mature. Read full review

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  • 20

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Going the Distance is, in a way, a remarkable film: It's hard to imagine any romantic comedy going wrong in so many different ways.

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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    As it is, this uneven movie is more a compilation of contemporary images and concerns peppered with derivative raucous scenarios, à la Judd Apatow movies, than an involving romantic comedy.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    I liked the movie mainly for Barrymore. The way she handles the crucial, early "I love you" moment (he's saying it to her, and the camera shows us what she's thinking), you think: This is one canny actress.

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  • 83

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Going the Distance may be a minor movie, but it's also the rare romantic comedy in which you can actually believe what you're seeing.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Edgy Barrymore romcom has lots of sex, language.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this refreshing romcom is quite a bit edgier than many of star Drew Barrymore's other, more kid-friendly comedies: It's a frank exploration of long-distance relationships and all of the challenges that come with them, from the emotional to the sexual. There's lots of swearing (including frequent use of "f--k"), plus plenty of references to -- and colorful descriptions of -- sex acts (including oral sex, masturbation, phone sex, and more). A few scenes include some partial male nudity (including a memorable butt shot); there's also a fair bit of drinking and some drug use (the lead characters smoke weed with a bong).

  • Families can talk about how the film portrays sex, drinking, and drug use. Do you think it's intending to send any specific messages about those topics? What can some of the real-life repercussions of those behaviors be?
  • Who do you think this film is intended to appeal to? How can you tell?
  • Parents, talk to your teens about realistic expectations for dating and romance.

The good stuff
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    Messages: For the most part, the movie offers positive messages -- including that women and men should be equal partners in a relationship and that the woman isn't necessarily the one who should give up her dreams to pursue her guy. The movie also makes it clear that love is work, but that it's worth it for the right person. A secondary message is that you're never too old to pursue your dream career, despite past mistakes and a late start.

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    Role models: The main characters do plenty of iffy things (drugs, drinking, hooking up), but they ultimately have each other's best interests in mind, and have a fairly honest and respectful relationship. Secondary characters bolster the idea that friends and family should be there for you in times of crisis and joy (though they also do iffy things in the name of comic relief).

What to watch for
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    Violence: An inebriated woman gets into a shouting match with a guy at a bar and has to be hauled out bodily.

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    Sex: Plenty of frank discussion about sex acts (including dry humping, oral sex, and masturbation). A couple has phone sex (viewers see their hands meander under the covers and hear some of the dirty talk). Some scenes in which the central couple is shown in sexual positions and is implied to be having intercourse -- in one, the man's naked behind is visible. In another, non-sexual scene, a main character is shown naked from most angles while attempting to get a spray tan (no genitals shown). Kissing, hooking up. Lots of sexual/body part language, including "penis," "vagina," "d--k," "laid," and more.

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    Language: Very frequent use of many swear words -- including "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "goddamn," "bitch," "laid," "a--hole," "hell," "Jesus" (as an exclamation), and more.

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    Consumerism: Some signage for Southwest and Budweiser. Mug Root Beer and Boston Market are also shown/mentioned.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A couple smokes weed through a bong (leading him to call her "Snoop"). They also drink frequently, usually in pubs or bars, with their friends. A lead character gets sloshed one night and nearly cheats.