Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel by the same name, THE LONGEST RIDE takes us into the new relationship developing between College Senior Sophia Danko (Charlie Chaplin’s Granddaughter Britt Robertson) and her hunky new boyfriend, PBR rider Luke Collins (Clint Eastwood’s son Scott Eastwood).

When Luke stops to check out a car accident scene, he finds Ira Levinson (Alan Alda) almost dead, as he and Sophia manage to save Ira from peril, and also manage to save the very important box from Ira’s back seat. Sophia finds herself staying at the hospital to make sure Ira is going to be okay, and as they strike up a conversation about the box he requested she retrieve. As they chat about what the box contains, she finds that being a part of Ira’s recovery, in any small way, is just what the Dr. ordered. Ira begins to share his life with his beloved Ruth with Sophia, as they read his love letters to her, day, after day, after day.

While Sophia is learning all about TRUE LOVE from the love stories of Ira and Ruth, she finds herself falling deeply for Luke too… but how can they intertwine their two incredibly different lives of “soon to be museum curator” and “PBR Bull riding ALL STAR”?

I give THE LONGEST RIDE 3.5 out of 5 stars -: It was great finally seeing Alan Alda back on the big screen, and his casting of the older Ira in this film was incredibly enjoyable to see and hear. The intertwining of Ira and Ruth’s love story long ago with the present day romance of Sophia and Luke was pleasant to experience and view too. The only negative I took away from this film is that at times I felt the storyline was better than the acting on screen, as I found myself more than once hoping to see more of a spark between Robertson and Eastwood. But, let me just say, like many romantic movies created for viewers in their teens and 20’s ~ THE LONGEST RIDE will definitely be a hit with that sector ~ as my 15 year old shared with me after viewing it that she LOVED THIS FILM, and don’t tell her that I told you, but she shed many a tear over the two love stories that were playing out on screen, which is never a bad thing, as far as us women are concerned. So I have to advise to you to bring along your Kleenex box again this weekend when you head out to see, THE LONGEST RIDE.

Kathy Kaiser

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