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Along for the Ride (2000)

Two estranged brothers are forced to take a surreal and heartfelt journey to understanding, when they pick up the body of their deceased father in Mexico. A father they haven't seen in over 20 years.



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Cast overview:
Terry Cowens
Dylan Haggerty ...
Vance Cowens
Jake Cowens
Dr. Sanchez


When two objects hurtle toward each other at full speed, a collision becomes inevitable. And so it is with two grown brothers whose animosities have been churning within them since childhood. Their hostilities, their annoyances, petty grievances and frustration all have one source: their father. And it is their deceased father whom they now come to bury. Terry and Vance Cowens, two estranged brothers whose mother died when they were children, meet on a desolate highway in Mexico. Together they drive to a small town where they expect to bid farewell to their recently deceased father, Jake. Jake was an absentee father, a ball player on the road, chasing glory with one minor league team after another. After never making it to the "show", Jake finally winds up in Mexico, retired, watching baseball on television with Maria, until his death. Terry and Vance are stunned to find Jake's body being preserved in the walk-in freezer of a small cantina. They have no choice but to put Jake in the ... Written by Montivagus Productions

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A car. Two brothers. A dead dad. And some baseball.







Release Date:

17 February 2001 (USA)  »

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$150,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In scene 32 Terry and Vance discuss Vance's first crush and only high school date with a Carol Elmon. The sequence is loosely based on Director Bryan W. Simon's first date at Waukegan High School with the real life Carol Alleman. See more »


The blanket that Terry uses to cover Jake in a previous scene and blows away, and is later miraculously in the trunk. See more »


Terry: Weird, huh?
Vance: Yeah, weird.
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Story, characters and photography overcome the obvious low budget.
19 February 2002 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this film for its "slow" development. The background of the characters and their relationship to one another is revealed the way one peels an onion: one thin layer at a time.

The plot, characters and photography overcome the obvious budget limitations to the point where one can forgive the occasional "roughness." In fact, this rugged (ragged) motif, set against the Mexican Desert, actually helps propel the story.

There were brave attempts on the part of the Cinematographer to give visual distinction to the "fantasy" sequences. These touches, perhaps a bit too subtle for the average viewer, would have been greatly improved with more money and resources, I am sure. It does, however, demonstrate the spirit of the overall film: This was obviously a work of passionate storytelling.

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