Long Distance Relationships in the Media

Long distance relationships are not portrayed in the media often, this does not do a good representation of how many people are currently in one. Occasionally you get celebrities complaining about the distance from their significant other when filming movies or the distance being the reason for their breakup but I’m sorry they have got it so easy; they have so much more access to transportation and money than the average person does in a long distance relationship.

In very few movies the main characters are going through a long distance relationship which can I can find to be very discouraging. Does society think it is not normal? Is it not as common as I thought? After giving up on a movie or show showcasing a long distance relationship I stumbled upon two really good movies about long distance relationships. I’ll inform you of the first one in today’s post.

The first movie of the two is “Going the Distance” which stars Drew Barrymore and Justin Long. IMDB’s lengthy synopsis of the movie is:

Erin’s (Drew Barrymore) wry wit and unfiltered frankness charm newly single Garrett (Justin Long) over beer, bar trivia and breakfast the next morning. Their chemistry sparks a full-fledged summer fling, but neither expects it to last once Erin heads home to San Francisco and Garrett stays behind for his job in New York City. But when six weeks of romping through the city inadvertently become meaningful, neither is sure they want it to end. And while Garrett’s friends, Box (Jason Sudeikis) and Dan (Charlie Day) joke about his pre-flight calorie cutting and his full-time relationship with his cell phone, they don’t like losing their best drinking buddy to yet another rocky romance. At the same time, Erin’s high-strung, overprotective married sister, Corrine (Christina Applegate), wants to keep Erin from heading down an all-too-familiar road. But despite the opposite coasts, the nay-saying friends and family, and a few unexpected temptations, the couple just might have found something like love, and with the help of a lot of texting, sexting and late-night phone calls, they might actually go the distance.

In short the movie follows a couple that meets in New York City but is soon separated when Erin moves across country to San Francisco to finish her degree at Stanford University. The movie portrays the highs and lows of a long distance relationship perfectly in my opinion. They showcase the worries people have, the sadness of being so far apart and the struggles of intimacy and “closing the gap”. At the same time the movie understands the appreciation of time together and how strong people in long distance relationships truly are. Here is the trailer for “Going the Distance”.

The acting is fantastic, although I may be biased because some of my favorite actors and actresses are in the movie (Drew Barrymore and Jason Sudeikis). I highly recommend if you have any free time this weekend and do not want to be stuck thinking about how much you miss your significant other, go out and rent this movie. Let me know if you think the movie accurately portrays long distance relationships! Have a wonderful weekend everybody!

** Be warned it is rated R and is inappropriate at times!




2 thoughts on “Long Distance Relationships in the Media

  1. Pingback: Long Distance Relationships in the Media Part II – 1780 Miles Away

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