The term “romantic comedy” has become an almost euphemistic phrase, a code word for light, usually uncreative movies that gloss heavily over the romance, and even more so over the comedy. But Going the Distance
defies all of these expectations. It’s a smart, laugh-out-loud R-rated comedy -- and what’s more, it offers a touching, surprisingly realistic depiction of love and relationships.
This is probably somewhat helped by the fact that the romantic leads, Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, are a couple in real life -- their chemistry and rapport is undeniable from the moment they appear together onscreen. Perhaps more importantly, though, the story doe...