Going the Distance
In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros., Drew Barrymore, left, and Justin Long are shown in a scene from "Going the Distance." Warner Bros.

How refreshing to see an adult romantic comedy filled with what's important in relationships.

I'm not talking about the "us versus them" that develops from liking different kinds of pizza or rooting for different sports teams. I'm talking about landing a job and trusting the other person - the things that "Going the Distance" is all about.

When the movie opens, New Yorker Garrett (Justin Long) is just getting over a breakup that happened earlier in his day. He and his buddies go to a bar to discuss the breakup over beer when he meets Erin (Drew Barrymore) in a dispute over a classic video game.

Erin and Garrett end up playing bar trivia and then spending the night together. She tells him she's not prepared for a relationship because she's leaving to go home to San Francisco in six weeks. She's in New York only long enough to complete an internship at a newspaper. Garrett assures her that he has just broken up with his girlfriend and isn't seeking a long-term relationship.

Despite both of their protests, the fling becomes a real romance. And now they're faced with a dilemma: What do they do when they're a continent apart?

Garrett's friends Box (Jason Sudeikis) and Dan (Charlie Day) continually rib him about falling for Erin because they think the situation is doomed from the start. Erin's older sister Corinne (Christina Applegate) doesn't exactly hit it off with Garrett from the moment she sees him. She urges her sister to forget about him and find a more stable, and physically closer, romance.

The title's clever play on words is indicative of the smart, sophisticated dialogue that is strewn with casual profanities and off-color topics. This is not a PG-13 situation comedy type of a movie.

Comedy abounds throughout this show, the intended audience of which enjoys the likes of the "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "I Love You, Man," other deservedly popular R-rated comedies. While these characters are seasoned beyond their age and appear to be jaded, under their worldly shells are scared young people afraid of not finding love, not finding a decent career and losing a job. Their worries are commonplace. We've been them, know someone like them or are them.

The two leads are as natural as can be, and why not? They were an item not so long ago.

Make this enjoyable show an item on your late summer fun list.