The Longest Ride Saturday, 28 March 2020

The Longest Ride

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and sex scenes.

  • The pitch:

    Some impressive bullspit.

  • Starring:

    Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Melissa Benoist, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, Alan Alda, Lolita Davidovich, Gloria Reuben, Amber Chaney, Brett Edwards

  • Directed by:

    George Tillman Jr.

  • Running time:

    139 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are thrown through the air, gored (implied), charged at by animals, slammed against an object. Animals taunted. Burning vehicle, explosion. World War II setting, trenches, gunfire, explosions. Screaming. Blood/gore: Dead body. Blood on faces/heads, bloody gash/bullet wounds/clothing, bandages, arm in sling, scars. Patients in hospital beds, nasal breathing tubes, tube protruding from arm, brain scans, man on crutches with missing limb, neck brace, stretcher. Animal skull. Heart attack, hip replacement, surgery in both knees, head injury, MRI, brain aneurysm mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Couples have sex in the workplace, bedroom, shower. Kissing, flirting, undressing. Nude couples (breasts, top of bum seen). Skimpy clothing, cleavage, people in underwear, shirtless man. Painting of nude female figure. Pillow fighting in underwear mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A man consumes prescription pills. Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, champagne). Intoxication. People playing cards. Bar settings.

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-words, sonofab*tch. Gender, sororiety stereotypes. Religious exclamations and references.

  • THEMES:

    Romance, love, storytelling, memories, letters, bullriding, art/musuem curatorship, cowboys, accidents, infertility, World War II, school teaching, painting, art collections, newlyweds, marriage, education, legacy, auction, sacrifice.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased father/husband, deceased wife, deceased friend. Marriage proposal, engagement. Hospital, cemetery, church, bar settings. Bulls, horses, chickens. Lightning, thunder, fireworks. Chicken, steak eaten. Burp, saliva. Brief black-and-white cinematography, some shaky camerawork. Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Scott Eastwood. (It's also well made with handsome production design.)

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Cloying, contrived, predictable, sappy, dumb, long, dull, inauthentic, cliched. Forced/artificial/unspontaneous characters, outdated gender roles, then-and-now stories are two different, overlooks significant period issues such as anti-Semitism, too-perfect period/costume design, plastic cinematography, syrupy score, outrageous/preposterous/big/ridiculous surprise ending.

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