Parents' Guide to

The Longest Ride

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Formulaic but still romantic Sparks adaptation gets steamy.

Movie PG-13 2015 139 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 12+

This movie is fantastic! Even my 12 year old boy enjoyed it!

yes it has some sexual things in it, but my child knows about it, and he loved all the cowboy things in it. So some of you parents will think that I am mad but I am not the whole movie is good but if the sex happens then just cover their eyes.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 18+

I read his books!

I really loved this movie, it was funny but also some parts were sad. I don't recommend this romance movie due to the nudity and sex scenes it seems more like appropriate for adults because of language and the scenes.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (18):

Not to be flip, but it would be easy to pick on THE LONGEST RIDE. As critics have pointed out before, movies based on Nicholas Sparks stories aren't exactly known for their scintillating dialogue and surprising plot lines. In this respect, The Longest Ride conforms to expectations, including the requisite dual stories of two couples, a subject Sparks has certainly mined before. And yes, it's set in North Carolina.

But here's where The Longest Ride diverges from the Sparks-movie norm: Surprisingly, it's somewhat compelling, with lead actors who share a chemistry that approaches, if not meets or surpasses, that of the leads in Sparks' most famous book-turned-movie, The Notebook. Though Eastwood doesn't have the soulfulness of Ryan Gosling, nor Robertson the timelessness of Rachel McAdams, the stars do have such a strong rapport that they manage to make the film interesting and watchable. That the incomparable Alan Alda decided to do this movie is somewhat puzzling, but he's so lovely in it that it's yet another reason to watch.

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