Parents' Guide to

Going the Distance

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Edgy Barrymore romcom has lots of sex, language.

Movie R 2010 97 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 17+

Adults only

Explicit sexual content, drug and alcohol use.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 17+

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (4 ):

There's something authentic in the way that Going the Distance renders a modern-day relationship -- and one conducted from a distance, at that. It tries not to sugarcoat the emotional and sexual frustrations that such a setup unleashes. Which may be why the too-neat ending detracts from what is otherwise an entertaining, if a little predictable, romantic comedy.

Still, it's lots of fun. Erin and Garrett's meeting is cute, but not too cute, and there's enough edge in their banter to make it believable. That believability may have something to do with Long and Barrymore's history, as well as director Nanette Burstein's documentary filmmaking credentials. Extra props go to Christina Applegate as Erin's overprotective sister and to Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day as Garrett's best friends, too. Bottom line? Suffice it to say that Going the Distance keeps the journey interesting.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 3, 2010
  • On DVD or streaming: November 30, 2010
  • Cast: Christina Applegate , Drew Barrymore , Justin Long
  • Director: Nanette Burstein
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors, Female actors, Bisexual actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Romance
  • Run time: 97 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: sexual content including dialogue, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity
  • Last updated: January 29, 2023

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