I am starting to suffer ennui when it comes to movies like Going the Distance.  The movie is full of innuendo, and when there is no innuendo they show everything.  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.  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.  In fact, I’ve been watching an older British show called “Blackadder.”  The Brits are notorious for using innuendo and or raunchy, bathroom-themed humor.  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.  It seemed like a venue for them to celebrate the last hurrah of their ‘real-life’ relationship in front of a large audience.  Maybe I’m not voyeuristic enough for that to please me.  The rest of the movie revolved around Garrett’s (Long) bizarre friends and Erin’s (Barrymore) neurotic family.  That was supposed to supply the rest of the humor, I imagine.  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.  FORE!

Whip it!

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I rented Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, Whip It. I was ready for anything, considering that Barrymore tends toward eccentric both in real life and many of the characters she plays. Whip It, however, is a pleasant movie that tells a nice story without trying to be too ‘profound.’  It could, in fact, be considered a common story. It’s about a girl who doesn’t want to do what her parents–particularly her mother–want her to do. She ends up lying to them and joining a roller-derby team.
Whip It is not a movie that tries to spring surprises on the audience. Instead, Barrymore seems to have focused on making a strange group of people believable and likable.

The acting is good, the casting is good, and the story is good. I would recommend this movie.