Apr 012020
 

Going The Distance

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PLOTErin Langford (Drew Barrymore) is 31 and still in grad school, recently hired as a summer intern at a New York newspaper. Out with a friend at a bar, she meets Garrett (Justin Long), who interrupts her game of Centipede. They drink together and end up at his place, where they smoke from a bong and have sex while Garrett's roommate Dan (Charlie Day) "DJs their hook up". The next morning, Erin is anxious to leave, but agrees to have breakfast with Garrett. She tells him she is only in New York for six weeks, and they agree to keep things casual.

Erin and Garrett begin a casual relationship, but soon develop feelings for each other, and Erin tries to convince her boss to find her a permanent position. Before the end of her internship, she writes a well-received article, and her boss asks her to contact him in January regarding possible job openings. Working at a record label, Garett is assigned to manage a band he dislikes, and begins to terribly resent his job.

When Erin’s six weeks are over, she and Garett find it difficult to let each other go. After driving Erin to the airport and saying goodbye, Garrett runs after her, admitting that he is crazy about her and wants to have a long-distance relationship, to which she agrees.

Over the following months, Erin and Garrett spend their free time trying to figure out when they can see each other. Garrett surprises Erin by showing up on Thanksgiving. After an emotional reunion, they go to Erin's sister Corrine's house, where Erin is staying, and start to have passionate sex on the dining table. Unbeknownst to them, Erin's brother-in-law Phil is having dinner, and Corrine walks in on the awkward scene. The next day, Erin and Garrett see The Boxer Rebellion perform, but Garrett is jealous that Erin is friends with Damon, a handsome bartender, and eventually has to return to New York.

In January, Erin calls her former boss, but learns they are not hiring. Unable to find comfort in a phone conversation with Garrett, Erin gets drunk with Damon and almost kisses him, but goes home. Her professor recommends her for a position at the San Francisco Chronicle and she goes for an interview. Garrett tries to have phone sex with Erin, but it ended up being awkward, leaving both feeling ridiculous.

A month later, Erin is packing to move to New York when she gets a call that the Chronicle has hired her. She goes to New York and tells Garrett, and they fight, but make up the next day. A week later, he calls to tell her he wants her to move to New York so they can live together and start fresh, and she agrees, first visiting San Francisco to sort things out. After a conversation with Corrine, Garrett realizes he should not be the reason Erin turns down the job, and they part ways after an emotional conversation and a long hug at the airport.

Six months later, Erin’s career is going well, having written her first front-page story. Garrett has not been with any woman since Erin, and quits his job to manage The Boxer Rebellion. He sends Erin tickets to their show and she goes, unaware he is the band’s manager. She runs into him, and he reveals he has moved to Los Angeles, only a few hours from San Francisco, and they seize another chance at a relationship. Late that night they go back to Corrine's house, and interrupt Corrine and Phil dry humping on the dining room table. The film ends as Erin's niece, Maya, enters during the awkward moment, and they all scream "Maya! Statue!" – a running joke where Corrine yells at her daughter to freeze.
2010Personal Rating70Rotten Critics54Rotten Audience52IMDb Rating63Combined Rating59.8

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Mar 152020
 

Absolutely Anything

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PLOTA space probe containing information about the human race is found by the alien galactic council. They debate whether to destroy the earth or make humanity a member of the council. As a test, they will give one human the ability to do absolutely anything. After ten days, if the powers were used for evil, Earth will be destroyed.

The chosen human is Neil Clarke, a teacher struggling under Headmaster Robinson. Neil has a crush on his neighbor, Catherine West. Oblivious to his new power, Neil accidentally causes an alien spaceship to explode a classroom.

Perplexed, Neil tests himself to find he can do anything. He asks that "everyone who died come back to life" and causes a zombie apocalypse; he reverses this and asks that the explosion never happened. He causes Miss Pringle to worship his friend Ray.

Neil uses his power for petty personal gain and to give his dog Dennis the ability to speak. One night, the galactic power fails just as Neil asks that Catherine fall in love with him, and coincidentally a drunk Catherine knocks at his door. They spend the night together and are seen by Catharine's stalker, Colonel Grant.

Catherine hears Dennis shout that he loves Neil, making her think that Neil is gay. Ray says that Miss Pringle doesn't worship him romantically, she thinks he is a god. Catherine locks Grant in her apartment. Neil breaks Grant's arm and then fixes it. Grant kidnaps Neil, forcing him to grant some selfish wishes, threatening to shoot Dennis.

Catherine and Ray rescue Neil who reverses all of the wishes. Catherine angrily tells Neil that she could never love anyone so controlling. Disheartened, Neil decides to use his powers to solve the world's problems; he gives everyone in the world as much food as they want and their own dream house.

However, this backfires when worldwide obesity flares, all uninhabited land is developed, and several countries declare pointless war. Neil attempts suicide, but as he jumps into the Thames, Dennis jumps in after him and Neil is forced to swim them both out. Afterward, Dennis says that Neil should give the power to him, as he never thinks of anything selfish. Neil does this.

Meanwhile, the aliens decide that Earth is not worthy. They determine to destroy Earth, but Dennis wishes that the source of power be destroyed, causing a laser beam shooting towards Earth to bounce back to the alien ship, killing them all. Full of confidence now, Neil asks Catherine out, to which she agrees.
2015Personal Rating60Rotten Critics18Rotten Audience32IMDb Rating60Combined Rating42.5

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