[FILM REVIEW 2022/1] Along for the ride

Review of the movie Along for the Ride directed by Sofia Alvarez.

This movie is an adoption of the book Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen. The story captures the two sleepless young adults, Auden and Eli, meeting and going on nightly quests, making new life experiences, in the small beach town of Colby.

This is a story where bikes – who teaches us, who rides with us, how many times we get back up again, its sense of freedom, being bold, and the return to doing something we love – play a big part. More than anything else this is a story about friendship and how they develop and grow.

Though this on the surface would seem like a yet-again-teenage-drama it is delicately balanced to capture a wider more mature audience. The screenwriter and director debutant Sofia Alvarez takes not one but all the characters through minor and big ah moments about life. Done in a gentle and realistic manner this makes the movie as a whole a gem in the feelgood genre.

This is a punchline-free drama that builds and relies on its characters rather than fast laughs and cheap stereotyping. Everyone experiences fear around certain things and everyone can laugh at themselves from time to time. The main characters are well performed by Emma Pasarow and Belmont Cameli. The overall very even and suttle played crew shines by its supporting roles by Andie MacDowell, Kate Bosworth, and Dermot Mulroney.

Summary:

Enjoyable? Very – you leave with a warm feeling and a smile on your face.

Takeaways? For sure. For me personally, it was how to let friendship lead the way and the importance of daring, again and again, all throughout life.

Artistic input? Good. everyone is a bit flawed and everyone tries to deal with it the best they can. Well acted all over the line.

Recommendable? Yes, this is a gem for anyone into feel-good drama or gentle romance movies.

Worth having at home? This is a Netflix production and functions well there. Films like this make the membership worth it.

Rating? In its genre a good 4 or even 4,5.

A possible miracle in the bag

…unravel some type of relationship to a book…

This is my first read of A Course In Miracles and I am about half way through the text- and the student book.

I have read quite a lot in my life, but what I like the best with ACIM is its way to somehow always be, just that one step ahead of you.

I say to myself I must be crazy or lost or confused and the next time I open the book it tells me exactly the same and what to do about it.

As much as it is a great experience to unravel some type of relationship to a book (if you can have that?) it also grounds me in the facts that we must all be so much more the same than I can ever imagine.

Something else it has established is that – before – when I used to be talking quite badly to myself for not doing this or that, or not keeping up  or not be as far ahead as I “planned”/”wanted”to – I am exactly where I am suppose to be – otherwise the book’s answer wouldn’t be so exact.

Often I leave the book open with the lesson I am on on my working desk – both as a gentle reminder, but also as a companion somehow. In the lack of other fellow ACIM people in my nearest circle the book itself has had to take on that role.

Days when I seem to be waking up running and never sitting down it happens I get as far as in the car, just to go back in again to pick it up and put it in my bag. Then it sits beside me on internet cafes, waiting rooms, waiting in traffic and so on.

I may never open it and just be checking in on it. You are ok down there? No pages squeezed? You could say there is some type of bonding with the possibility of a miracle, even when I have taken my hands off the hows, whens and wheres.

And so the day goes.

A little miracle is always possible.

337 signals coming home.