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The Longest Ride (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 10 April 2015 (USA)
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The lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man, as he reflects back on a past love.

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George Tillman Jr.

Writers:

Nicholas Sparks (novel), Craig Bolotin (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Britt Robertson ... Sophia Danko
Scott Eastwood ... Luke Collins
Alan Alda ... Ira Levinson
Jack Huston ... Young Ira
Oona Chaplin ... Young Ruth
Melissa Benoist ... Marcia
Lolita Davidovich ... Kate Collins
Elea Oberon ... Mrs. Pfeffer
Kate Forbes Kate Forbes ... Ira's Mother
Tiago Riani ... Luiz
Danny Vinson ... Larry Till
Hayley Lovitt ... Rodeo Girl / Dancer
Tracey Bonner ... Nurse Wilson
Jaret Sears Jaret Sears ... Joe Parks
Hunter Burke ... David Stein
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Storyline

Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City's art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected and fateful connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love. Written by 20th Century Fox

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality, partial nudity, and some war and sports action | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El viaje más largo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,019,686, 12 April 2015

Gross USA:

$37,432,299
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color | Black and White (flashback sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Alan Alda's father was Robert Alda, who played the main character in the film Rhapsody in Blue (1945), George Gershwin, whose brother's name was Ira Gershwin, the same name of his character in this movie. See more »

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When not wearing his hat, Luke consistently puts his hat down with the brim side down. It's more common for cowboys put their hats crown side down. This keeps the brim from flattening out. See more »

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Young Ira: I just want you to be happy, even if that 'happy' doesn't include me anymore.
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Would Have Been More Satisfying Had Both Stories Received Equal Attention

Nicholas Sparks' movies are almost always seemingly made to please the hopeless romantics and the fairytale romance-loving audience, they're expected to manipulate emotions, no matter how extremely recognizable their set ups may be, and they often triumph. But in THE LONGEST RIDE, the attempt barely mimics such success, primarily because of its confusing and ever shifting narrative, whose backbone runs on two romantic sagas spanning across different generations.

THE LONGEST RIDE sprawls across two love stories set in the modern day and seventy years ago. In modern day, it has Luke and Sophia, two utterly good-looking people, who at first sight falls in love with each other, they stumbles upon Ira, a World War II veteran, who himself, has his own epic love story to tell—that one he shared with his wife, Ruth, seventy years ago. More often, these two love stories bear no difference from each other, as both couples go through similar hardships to carry their relationships.

The idea of crisscrossing time to present two supposedly compelling love stories, perhaps, is to double the magnitude of emotions and deliver a more poignant result, yet such very confusing structure is what actually makes giving both the stories with equal level of sentiment, difficult. Still, no matter how one appears to hold more promise of an engaging love story than the other, the tedious and confusing process of going back and forth across two different time frames, and the fact that the narrative failed to establish concrete connection between the two stories, renders less than satisfying result. There's also this chemistry that Luke and Sophia seem to be lacking, regardless of how incredibly beautiful they are as persons, and that, may also be the reason why the other story, strikes as more riveting than theirs. This makes the entirety of the movie—its interesting premise and structure yet often convoluted, and its thinly drawn characters—hard to appreciate and care about. Nevertheless, in the eyes of a true Sparks' fan, and of anyone easily drawn to such anthems, THE LONGEST RIDE easily serves its purpose.

Spanning through generations and intertwining love affairs, THE LONGESTh RIDE would have been more satisfying had it treated both the stories with equal attention. That's not to say it has no small moments of perfection, because it does, but as a whole, the movie just falls below average.


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