Capturing the young love

From the page to the big screen … fans of Sarah Dessen’s romance novel can see their favorite characters come to life

OF NETFLIX latest romantic comedy Long for the ride is based on Sarah Dessen’s 2009 novel of the same name and focuses on teenage love. It is the first of Dessen’s best-selling young adult novels to be adapted for the streamer. Anyone who has read Dessen’s novels knows how brilliant he is at capturing the feelings of first love and teenage heartbreak.

The film follows 18-year-old Auden West (Emma Pasarow), who spends the summer after graduating from high school with her father Robert (Dermot Mulroney) in the small seaside town of Colby.

However, with her father busy with her new novel and her stepmother Heidi (Kate Bosworth) busy with their new baby, Auden spends most of her time working in Heidi’s clothing store and staying up late. Auden meets the intriguing Eli (Belmont Cameli) one night, who shows her the best places to go late at night in Colby. Auden begins a journey of more regular teenage experiences with Eli’s assistance after spending much of her high school years focusing on work and pleasing her mother Victoria (Andie MacDowell).

Auden learns more about Eli along the way, meets the girls who work in her stepmother’s business – Maggie (Laura Kariuki), Leah (Genevieve Hannelius) and Esther (Samia Finnerty) – and decides what kind of individual she aspires to be. Each character inside Long for the ride it’s fun to see. Although Emma Pasarow clearly had the strongest performance, Laura Kariuki did an outstanding job despite her not having a full-fledged part. Emma is simply too good at the film, with her genuine reactions and subtle sense of comedy.

He fully understands Auden’s character and brings forth various intriguing details. In retrospect, looking at the position she had been assigned, she didn’t have much to work on. Adult women, on the other hand, give the best performances in the film. MacDowell and Bosworth provide color to the narrative, eliciting depth and subtlety from what may have been minor characters of a note. The film adapts to the image and tone of that summer between high school and college, when anxiety and optimism alternate, and paints an audiovisual portrait of the strength of the former: the first friends, the first relationships, the first job, the first parties and the first disappointments.

Long for the ride, regardless of its performance, music, performance or other qualities, it is something we have seen before. A teenager looking for an alternative character to rediscover himself is an idea of ​​the concept of old age. When the film gives up its style and focuses on the content, it stumbles a bit because there isn’t much to fall back on. When the music and the dream moments go away, the film becomes weak.

In short, the film Long for the ride mixes real-life narrative material with the craziness of teen drama just enough to make a couple of generations of viewers look and wish for the best for these folks. The film captures the beauty of youth and first love, telling a recognizable coming-of-age narrative with a beautiful love story.

Along for the Ride is now available on Netflix.

DIRECTOR: Sofia Alvarez

LAUNCH: Emma Pasarow, Belmont Cameli, Kate Bosworth, Laura Kariuki, Andie MacDowell and Dermot Mulroney ‘.




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