Going the Distance (2004)
Canada / English
"They came. They saw. They came. "He may have just graduated but Nick (Christopher Jacot) has it all figured out - marriage, a lucrative...
The downfall of National Lampoon continues
It used to be that having National Lampoon in the title meant comedy
gold. Two of the greatest comedies of all time, ANIMAL HOUSE and
VACATION carried the National Lampoon banner. Throughout the 90s,
National Lampoon continued to lend its name to such classics as SENIOR
TRIP and LOADED WEAPON 1. For a while, it seemed like the greatness of
the National Lampoon name would never die, especially after 2002's VAN
WILDER, the closest college comedy to ANIMAL HOUSE since REVENGE OF THE
NERDS. Then in 2003, the Lampoon name was scarred with THANKSGIVING
FAMILY REUNION, a bad TV movie that premiered on TBS. That same year
the Lampoon took another blow with the mediocre NATIONAL LAMPOON
PRESENTS DORM DAZE. Now with GOING THE DISTANCE, the downfall of
National Lampoon continues.
GOING THE DISTANCE isn't even an American made movie. It's a Canadian
ROAD TRIP clone that has nothing to do with the National Lampoon name.
The only slightest Lampoon element was the whole guy-trying-to-ruin
trip subplot was also done in SENIOR TRIP, but at least there it was
funny. Here, it's the weakest part of the movie. It just doesn't work.
In fact, 50% of the jokes in GOING THE DISTANCE don't work, which is
rather unfortunate since the film had potential. I dug the first few
opening scenes and thought that the film could end up being worthy of
the National Lampoon name. However, after fifteen minutes had gone by,
I realized this was sadly yet another direct-to-video dud. There were a
few good laughs and Joanne Kelly was quite cute, but that wasn't enough
to save this flick. 4/10
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