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The Longest Ride (2015)

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,432,299, 28 June 2015
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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 »

Goofs

Signage during Luke's last bull ride shows he is in Nashville, TN. However after his ride he shows up at the art auction in Winston-Salem, NC. He is still wearing his gear despite what would be a long drive. See more »

Quotes

Young Ruth: You know sometimes I think what right do I have to be happy when there's so much suffering in the world.
Young Ira: I guess you could say what right do you have to be unhappy.
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Half A Good Romance Tale, Yet One of The Better Sparks
10 April 2015 | by rgkarimSee all my reviews

Every year we get another Nicholas Sparks movie. These movies try to emphasize " true love", but are usually simplistic mushy plots, where eye candy fills the screen. Well this weekend I dive into the dark, surround sound trenches to review his latest installment, The Longest Ride. Out of annoyance, I quickly lowered my expectations at what was in store. What is in store? Read on to find out.

Most know what to expect from Sparks, a good-looking boy and girl meet up and magically start a romance. One of our characters is the perfect specimen of looks, sensitivity, and romance that drives the ideal romance, until it goes to pot for some reason eventually working out in the end. This is only partially the case, the tale of Sophia (Britt Robertson) and Luke (Scott Eastwood) act out following the typical Sparks plot. The beautiful people form another ideal couple that women idealize where chiseled abs, a handsome face are complemented by incredible feats of consideration and sincerity. Naturally I rolled my eyes at the drastically overplayed perfection, but there were many enchanted by the stereotypical romance he painted. A "nice" distraction that spices things up are the hot scenes, which you can guess involve sex. This movie sex ,starts with another shower scene filled with plenty of butts, and evolves to her riding the bull after he rides the animal of the same name. Some may find it hot, but I found it shallow, pointless, and a waste screen time.

You might think that there are some surprise twists in this half of the story, something that makes you say OH MY GOD. Sophia and Luke's tale unfortunately has little to shock you, foreshadowing revealing all that is to come in the tale, with the only mystery about when it would happen. I can't deny this was one of my favorite endings, but it took a bit to get to the ending.

However, there is a saving grace for this film and that is the second story of Ira and Ruth. The tale of the 1940's relationship could have been a movie by itself, truly showing a developing relationship and the troubles they face. This was the type of relationship I like to see, emphasizing care and compassion for the one you want to share your life with it. The gifts were heartfelt, a tribute to the love they truly felt only to be undermined by the struggles they faced. It was real, and an example of the type of relationship I pray many actually get instead of the shallower loves seen in most movies. This relationship was obviously to show how much love has changed, the comparison illustrating the differences between real and superficial love. Obviously this was the meant to drive Sophia and Luke's relationship and overcome their few challenges, but it was the more engaging and emotional of the tales.

Despite the great morals, sweet romance, and good looks though what else does this movie have in store. In terms of positives, the beautiful settings of North Carolina will take your breath away and offer you a taste of the country life. I also felt the camera work and sound editing did a nice job combining their talents to bring out the emotional spectrum. Many times the music was more emotional than the actual acting, the orchestra work nearly bringing a few tears to this reviewer's eyes. The acting is also decent, especially in terms of the young Ira and Rose (Jack Huston and Oona Chaplin) who really brought their characters to life. I felt great chemistry between these two, almost as if they were really in love and a married couple, something I normally don't say.

As for negatives, I've already mentioned a few. First off is that the tale is predictable and still follow closely to the Spark's formula. I know to expect it, but that doesn't mean I can't dock the score for unoriginality, which this movie is. In addition the movie was a little too long for me. Again the editing needs to work on what is necessary. I'll go ahead and say that a 2 hour Spark's romance is not necessary. There was not enough drive to carry my attention for the whole time, and half of the scenes, especially with her sorority life, could have been left to the director's cut.

The Longest Ride is definitely not the perfect film, and in the end is another Nicholas Spark's novel come to life. Yet I can say it is one of my favorite tales of this author, but only due to the first half of the film. I would have liked to have seen more integration of the two tales, but I was pleased with the balance overall. Is it worth a trip to the theater? Not really, but it is a decent romance film definitely good for a RedBox rent. The recommended audience are those that love Nicholas Sparks, want to see romance, or are just looking to stare at beautiful people.

My Scores are: Drama/Romance: 7.5-8.0 Movie Overall: 6.5-7.0


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