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Ira and Ruth, Luke and Sophia - two couples separated by time and age - have little in common until a series of unexpected events are set in motion and their lives become intertwined. From New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks comes an extraordinary love story that begins when a box of old letters, filled with a lifetime of love, wisdom and experience, set Luke and Sophia on a path to discover their true values and the real meaning of love.
Drama Romantic - Like all of the films based on Nicholas Sparks novels, this is a
romantic drama aimed primarily at female moviegoers. The leads are
fairly unknown young actors Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood, with
the most familiar veteran actor, Alan Alda, having a supporting
role. Language and sexual content make this not for kids.
PROFANITY: 4 S-words; 1 GD; very few others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex with some nudity. VIOLENCE: Hard falls and wounds. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol. ACTION: Bull riding and war combat. COMEDY: Comic lines and banter, sometimes suggestive.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Below Average As a romance, a drama, or even a sports movie, The Longest Ride never reaches a satisfying destination. The Longest Ride is a bore and, because the filmmakers for some reason believed it necessary to stretch this out for more than two hours, a prolonged one.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average The two-hour-plus "Ride,” No. 10 in the series, at least offers a few intriguing new variations on the usual Sparks formula of pretty bland people falling in love against a backdrop of verdantly green landscapes most often located in coastal North Carolina
NY PostFull Review Average Only tear-jerker specialist Nicholas Sparks, perhaps the most-filmed novelist so far this century, could come up with a story combining a modern-day bull rider and a Holocaust refugee in his trademark North Carolina settings.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
GREAT REVIEWS! All ages, both males and females, LOVED "THE LONGEST RIDE." As is common with virtually all highly rated movies, there is a small percentage who rate it lower than the majority. With this movie, this percentage is so low that your probability of enjoying "The Longest Ride," at least to some degree, is quite high.
Sophia (BRITT ROBERTSON), a senior at the University of Wake Forest, sees her
lifelong dream about to come true. With just weeks to go until graduation, she
has landed an internship with a prestigious New York art gallery. Sophia is on
her way. That is until a friend barges through her door with a pair of cowboy
boots and an invitation to a bull riding event. Though not her thing, Sophia
relents and the two friends make their way to their seats, past the band of
female fans known as Buckle Bunnies.
In the chute, Luke Collins (SCOTT EASTWOOD) prepares to ride the eight
seconds that will put him back on the road to the top spot on the Professional
Bull Riding circuit. Returning from a serious injury suffered during a previous
ride on the world class bull known as Rango, Luke is determined to regain the
riding championship. But the bull has other thoughts. He charges Luke, who
climbs onto a fence and out of harm'
s way. As his hat flies off and into a
s lap, their eyes meet for a brief moment -
just long enough
for Luke to decide he wants to get to know this beauty. "
Hold on to it for me,
he asks Sophia. And as the bull crashes into the fence, Luke is gone,
leaving Sophia breathless.
That evening, Sophia, wearing Luke's hat, runs into him, but instead of
asking for his hat, he asks her for a date. She accepts, never guessing that the
course of her life has changed and will become far removed from the one that she
one year old Ira Levinson (ALAN ALDA) is also on a life-
course. Having lost his wife Ruth some eight years earlier, he begins a journey
to Black Mountain, North Carolina and Black Mountain College, an art colony
where he bought Ruth her first painting, starting a collection that would span
the decades of their marriage.
s trip is interrupted when, on a rain-
slicked road, he loses control of
his car, crashes through a guard rail and down an embankment. As the car begins
to burn, Ira is aware of someone pulling him from it. It'
s Luke, with Sophia
right behind him. Though semi-
conscious, Ira can only think of the simple, worn
box filled with letters left behind in the car. "
The box; get the box,"
murmurs and Sophia braves the flames to rescue it.
Later, at the hospital, Sophia looks inside the carton and finds it filled
with old letters. Ira is secretly pleased and asks her to read them to him. The
two develop a bond and Sophia discovers how much the two couples have in common
and how, in spite of the age difference, Young Ruth (OONA CHAPLIN) and Young Ira
(JACK HUSTON) have lived a life filled with many of the challenges facing Luke
and Sophia. The two couples'
lives will converge, providing the wisdom that will
guide Luke and Sophia on their journey.