I had found myself interested in seeing today’s movie since it came out, just never enough to actually watch it. But thanks to a trip to RedBox, I was able to check it off my bucket list. Today’s movie is Bucket List. Oh wait, no it’s not. It’s Going the Distance, starring Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, and Christina Applegate.
This movie is about a boy (Long) and a girl (Barrymore) who become acquainted personally over beers and acquainted physically shortly thereafter. Barrymore is hesitant to make it anything serious because she’s only in New York on an internship and she must return to California in 6 weeks to complete her degree to become a journalist. Long can’t leave because he’s he’s some quasi-hot shot music scout, so they agree to make it nothing serious. Then, of course, it turns serious and they try the long distance thing, which as always, causes problems, and the rest of the movie is dealing with that.
The best part by far of this little rom-com is the casting. I find Barrymore and Long (or BarryLong, as I believe they were a real life couple at least for a time) to be charming and funny, but they’re overshadowed in funniness by their supporting cast. Charlie Day (from It’s Always Sunny in Philidelphia and Horrible Bosses) plays Long’s roommate, who is also basically Charlie from IASiP, but I don’t mind if he can only play the same character as long as it’s still hilarious, which he is. Jason Sudeikis (from SNL and Hall Pass) is also here, and also hilarious. Christina Applegate is great at playing quasi-neurotic, up-tight, supporting roles. Jim Gaffigan is her husband, and pretty funny. Rob Riggle and Mike Birbiglia also show up in the movie, though neither really leave too much of an impact. And my favorite, Kristen Schaal, has the highest hilarity-to-screentime percentage by far.
It usually seems as if Rom-Coms are held to a lower standard in the writing department because girls seem to just need to see a love story so whatever else is there is irrelevant. Thankfully people seemed to actually write this movie and threw in a good deal of the funny. For instance, later in the movie, when Drew Barrymore is drunkenly being removed from a bar while yelling at a big, biker looking guy to suck her dick, that was good times. Also, near the end of the movie, Long compares his relationship with Barrymore to the classic arcade game Centipede. I hope to have a Gears of War-style relationship one day.
So, I’m not generally much for the Rom-Com, but I like this one. It’s definitely worth taking a look at, and if you’re one of them “vagina-havin'” types, you might could even buy it. I give this movie a “funny enough for a man, but made for a woman” out of 17.