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WAL-MART'S MID-LIFE CRISIS

STEVE MAICH August 23 2004
All Business

WAL-MART'S MID-LIFE CRISIS

STEVE MAICH August 23 2004

Crude and stupid—just what a teen sex comedy should be

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In 1982, Canada graced the world with the teen sex flick Porky’s. Then we got all serious and ignored the gross-out genre. Until now. Going the Distance is crude, stupid and, for many, a colossal waste of time—just what a movie of its ilk should be. “It pushes the envelope,” says co-star Christopher Jacot. “It doesn’t hold up to the Canadian stereotype that we’re kind of safe with things.”

The cast is made up of little-known twentysomething Canucks—Jacot and Joanne Kelly play the romantic leads,

Ryan Belleville and Mayko Nguyen

are the physical comedians and Shawn Roberts is the clueless beefcake. On their way from B.C. to St. John’s, Nfld., in a motorhome, the road-tripping characters do drugs, hook up and meet rock stars. But it’s the actors’ chemistry that makes the film watchable. “We just instantly clicked,” says Jacot. “The first day, we were flying to Newfoundland when the big Ontario blackout hit, so we were stuck in the airport for 12 hours—that’s enforced bonding.”

SHANDA DEZIEL

‘Ever since seeing Fast Times at Ridgemont High and The Sure Thing, I’ve wanted to be in a teen sex comedy.’ -MuchMusic VJ George Stroumboulopoulos, on his cameo