The long distance drag, everyone knows what it feels like, spending only hours together at a time, then spending endless months apart. “Going the Distance,” with Drew Barrymore, who plays a grad student aspiring to be a New York reporter and Justin Long, a successful music rep, is not your typical love-sick, romantic comedy cliché of what it is to be in a relationship. Instead, witty humor, raw emotion and unexpected desires make this film something worth seeing. Justin Long delivers a ‘too-natural-to-be-staged’ comedic performance that begs you to want more. Shot in Manhattan and San Francisco, this film brings an element of authenticity to what a true couple in love represents. The movie provides endless laughter, surrounding the believable effort of a couple who survive the dreaded long distance relationship. “Going the Distance” offers an eclectic, genuine charm that sets it apart from the rest. It portrays the idea that two people do belong in the same world, a place of confusion and hardship where love conquers what it can. And if that’s not enough, at least check it out for the soundtrack. You will hear tunes ranging from The Airborne Toxic Event, to The Cure, to The Boxer Rebellion. This movie is just as much about the musical mix of genius as it is about the storyline. Not only will you leave entertained with the plot, but also with a new list of tracks to download off iTunes.
Want something a little more creative and unique? “500 Days of Summer” is that perfect quirky and cute, wickedly funny, hopeless romantic film. Only, it’s not a love story. The storyline revolves around a 500-day relationship between Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who falls for an approachable yet unattainable doll who doesn’t believe in love, played by Zooey Deschanel. Together, they offer a perfectly formulated blend of on-again, off-again attraction. This isn’t your typical fairytale, where all things fall into place and love is at the end. Instead, boy falls in love, girl doesn’t. This beautifully crafted film offers tender moments of disconnect between two characters that have two different sets of ideas on what defines love and relationships. Deschanel will make you fall in love with her, only to end up breaking your heart, all the while keeping you entranced with her captivating baby blue eyes. If you like the art of casual romance, then this film is sure to cater to you. The film offers a fresh take on the romantic comedy and gives the viewer a chance to actually relate to the plot. Let’s face it, not every love story has a happy ending.