The tenth film based on a Nicholas Sparks novel hits theatres today and also marks the big screen debut of Clint Eastwood’s swoon worthy son, Scott. One of those facts is much more intriguing than the other but I’ll get to that in a moment. SPOILER ALERT: it’s Scott.
The Longest Ride, or as some will undoubtedly call it, The Longest Nap, is an incredibly dull movie that attempts to tell two separate love stories that, like alcohol and texting, really don’t go well together.
The film stars the adorable Britt Robertson, who I had the pleasure of meeting a few years ago while she was in Vancouver filming The Secret Circle, as sophisticated art loving college girl Sophia who ends up falling for the charming, hunky, bull riding Luke (Eastwood). Their love story is intertwined with that of Ira (Alan Alda) and Ruth (Oona Chaplin), whose story is played out via letters Ira wrote to his wife read to him by Sophia after she helps save him from a car accident. It’s never really explained why he writes letters to her even though they live together but… I guess that wasn’t important because letters are so emotional and romantic.
Everyone does a decent job acting the story out. It’s a shame they were given such brutally uninteresting story to work with. When you have a movie with intertwining love stories you half expect them to face similar obstacles or at least conclude with some greater lesson everyone learns. Not here! I’m tempted to say I would have rather just watched a movie about Ira and Ruth’s story since at least theirs had a bit of substance to it, but Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson are so nice to look at and they have a really hot shower scene that kind of redeemed their sub-par plot lines.
I’m hesitant about giving away too much about the film because in all honestly there is so little to give away to begin with. If you’re looking for a romantic film you might be better off popping in your copy of The Notebook and taking a pass on this one. If, like me, you are content staring at Scott Eastwood for two hours and sneaking a peak or two of his cute bum then I definitely suggest checking out The Longest Ride. There are so many puns I want to use here but I’m just going to let you do that all on your own.
Movie Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
The Longest Ride Movie Trailer