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Festivale online magazine, April, 1998
Going All the Way movie review
Going, going, gone ...

In this film men have a hormonal cycle, 28 days of sexual preoccupation followed by 28 days of sexual preoccupation, after which is 28 days ... etc. Going All the Way is preoccupied with the sexual preoccupation of two post-war, post-adolescent men passing purposeless time in 1954 Indianapolis.

The shy-guy is Sonny (Jeremy Davies), the skinny, freckled son of a religious mother (Jill Clayburgh). The buff-guy is Gunner (Ben Affleck), a bronzed, broad shouldered and zen-inspired son of a vivacious bachelor girl (Leslie Anne Warren). Mothers, it would seem, are imperfect, unbearable stereotypes whose mono-manias drive their sons from home. Fathers are ciphers, and lacking any other worth mentors, our two protagonists become an alliance of outsiders.

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Director Pellington says of Going All the Way that he "hopes audiences are entertained and touched". Well, the sets, costumes, photography, script, direction and acting all show care and attention to detail by the film makers, but the subject of 1950s male sexual angst lacks the universality needed to appeal to, for example, women of the late twentieth century.

In a nutshell, this is a male-bonding, boys-only date film.

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Title: Going All the Way (1998)
Written by: Dan Wakefield (novel and script)
Directed by: Mark Pellington
Produced by: Mark Pellington, Tom Gorai
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Director of Photography: Bobby Bukowski

The Players: Ben Affleck, Jeremy Davies, Jill Clayburgh, Leslie Ann Warren, Amy Locane, Rachel Weisz, Rose McGowan
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