I am starting to suffer ennui when it comes to movies likeÂ Going the Distance. Â The movie is full of innuendo, and when there is no innuendo they show everything. Â The whole premise of the movie, the long-distance relationship, seemed to be used so that a couple who liked each other and got along well could hook up in strange and possibly embarrassing ways when they saw each other. Â Yes, some of the situations were quite humorous, but on the whole, it was a bit much.
I’m not saying that a movie or show with innuendo is bad. Â In fact, I’ve been watching an older British show called “Blackadder.” Â The Brits are notorious for using innuendo and or raunchy, bathroom-themed humor. Â However, they usually manage to throw in enough wit and satire that it become more amusing.
In Going the Distance I got tired of watching Drew Barrymore and Justin Long do so much “heavy petting,” as the Brits would say. Â It seemed like a venue for them to celebrate the last hurrah of their ‘real-life’ relationship in front of a large audience. Â Maybe I’m not voyeuristic enough for that to please me. Â The rest of the movie revolved around Garrett’s (Long) bizarre friends and Erin’s (Barrymore) neurotic family. Â That was supposed to supply the rest of the humor, I imagine. Â Some of it was amusing, but the movie as a whole seemed flat.
My favorite part of the movie was when one of Garrett’s friends gets frustrated by Garrett’s constant texting, and tees off with his cellphone. Â FORE!