Going All The Way

Based on Dan Wakefield’s 1970 novel, Going All the Way is a strange tale of two sex-obsessed Korean War vets who return to their Indiana hometown is being pitched as a romantic comedy, but it’s romantic in ways only horny, beer-swilling slouches spouting proto-beatnik aphorisms about art and Zen can be. Good Will Hunting‘s Affleck plays the glib jock Gunner; Spanking the Monkey‘s Davies is troubled Sonny. Their guys-will-be-guys chemistry has its fleeting charms, but the script never makes you care — even when Sonny’s failure to score ends in sexual humiliation and near tragedy. Better to rent Inventing the Abbotts, another Gen-X exposé of the steamy Eisenhower years. C-

Going All The Way
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