To both Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson, get the sappy movies out of the way before your careers really take off.
While The Longest Ride isn't as cringe worthy as pervious Sparks films, it still is embarrassing to watch and sit through. This latest Sparks tearjerker will make you roll your eyes multiple times throughout the film. Luckily, The Longest Ride gets nowhere near the “Oh My God” territory of pitiful awfulness as Safe Haven did in 2013. Ever since 2004’s The Notebook, every Sparks film to follow has been a mirror replica of sentimental button pushing and cheese fest heartbreaks.
Sophia (Robertson) is a college student studying art at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. She meets Luke Collins (Eastwood, a splitting image of his father) after the big lug finishes some Bull-ridin’ at a rodeo. There he gives her his hat … awe he’s a keeper! Luke is obsessed with winning after a bad throw from a bronco and Sophia is hesitant to follow. The film proceeds into more recycled Sparks material. Guy picks girl up with flowers blah blah blah, guy saves old man from a burning fire blah blah blah and girl discovers the old man's love letters he wrote to his late wife. Come on, more letters?!
From there, well, you get the picture. We get two sub plots trying to shove the term “love means sacrifice” down the audience’s throats. When the sap piles up the performances and heartbreaks become tedious. The Longest Ride isn’t the worst Sparks film to come along, but it won’t win any newcomers either. Eastwood and Robertson, you both deserve better so go out and make a name for yourselves away from these mediocre soap operas. Brace yourself … more Sparks films will come in the near future.
The Longest Ride is rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned). For some sexuality, partial nudity, and some war and sports action.
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