Mainstream comedies tend to split down gender lines:
We have our chick-friendly rom-coms and we have our frat-friendly guy films.
Going the Distance attempts to merge the two genres. But since neither genre is particularly reality-based (they have their own rules, but not necessarily rules that exist anywhere else in the universe) the result is somewhat jarring. It reminded me of the time that Ally McBeal (a comedy) had a very special crossover episode with The Practice (a drama). Hey, who’s world are we in, anyway?
At least I get what Drew Barrymore and co. were driving at. One of the (many) reasons why I love Drew Barrymore is that she likes to choose roles that subvert gender stereotypes—and stereotypes in general. So her damsel was most definitely not in distress in Ever After; her heroines were very much of the riot grrrl variety in Whip It (the film that she directed), and she is the only female I’ve ever seen on film look at the snot content of her own tissue after blowing her nose (in Home...