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Justin Long and Drew Barrymore were a popular couple for a while-- a shot of them kissing in the surf is still one of Barrymore's top Google hits-- and then they broke up, which was a bummer for those of us who like both of them way more than we'd like to admit (not that I know or anything). Then they were dating again, then they weren't, then they figured there was one good way to capitalize on the fact that everyone cared about their relationship status-- they made a romantic comedy together.

And thus we have Going the Distance, a rom-com about two people who meet cute six weeks before she's planning to move across the country, then make the generally idiotic move of trying a long-distance relationship, even though they themselves know it's pretty idiotic. I read the screenplay a while back and found it charms in bits and pieces-- clearly it was written by a dude who wanted to write a screenplay about his fantasy girlfriend, and rang really false when dealing with any of the female characters. But with Barrymore and Christina Applegate on board as the female leads, not to mention Jason Sudeikis in a key "buddy" role, this may be one of those cases where a good cast and direction (American Teen's Nanette Burstein is behind the camera) can save a script that's just so-so.

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