Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Going the Distance (with director Q&A)

Charlie Day. Jason Sudekis. Third and fourth billing. That should tell you something. This is being billed as a romantic comedy. And it is, until the first time you hear Drew Barrymore start swearing like a sailor. Two people fall in love. Then they move to different cities. Blah blah blah. (FYI, Jim Gaffigan is here too).

This movie came out of nowhere. I give it the pleasant surprise of the summer. There have been only a few. August is usually a wasteland and we're turning it into the best month.

The movie is filthy. But it is also funny. And its grounded in somewhat real situations. It isn't all love an sunshine. They meet. They try to make it work. Does it work? Will they end up together? There are a couple moments where you have the "jealous/ is (s)he cheating on me" that gets turned on it's ear, which was funny.

Justin Long and Drew Barrymore were dating at the time(?). Regardless, they do have good chemistry. The only issue I have with the film is that they try a couple different camera styles and they're sort of jarring and take you out of the movie. They're used once and left in a trail of dust after that. If they have used it intermittenly then maybe it would be something, but they don't. So...

But as I said before, the supporting cast is what really makes this movie. I got a chance to ask the director after the screening how she got Charlie Day and Jason Sudekis in the movie, she said she just liked them. She also said that the movie was about 50% improvisational. And that really makes the difference. Most of the scenes have some great conversational improv. Let's get to my questions...
Did you enjoy it?

Would you see it in theaters again?

Would you buy it?

Would you rent it?

Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?
Totes Magotes


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