The latest Netflix movie for teen-focused love is Along For The Ride, based on Sarah Dessen’s 2009 novel of the same name. Netflix is the first of its kind for Dessen’s popular adult novels, and the broadcasting service has chosen the rights of two others, Le Lullaby and No for All. On the other hand, Along for the Ride also serves as the first director of Sofia Alvarez, who also wrote the script.
Along For The Ride (2022): Movie Review
The filmmaker has written the most popular Netflix rom-com teens for All My Favorite Boys and the sequel, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You – both based on adult novels, though by Jenny Han. Along For The Ride follows in its place. Along For The Ride captures the magic of being a young adult with first love, and brings the age-old story related to sweet love.
The film follows 18-year-old Auden West (Emma Pasarow), who is living with her father Robert (Dermot Mulroney) in the small town of Colby off the summer coast after graduating from high school. But with her dad focused on his 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. One night, Auden meets the mysterious Eli (Belmont Cameli), who shows him the best places to go for a night out in Colby.
With Eli’s help, Auden embarks on a journey to become more youthful after spending most of her high school years focused on work and making her mother Victoria (Andie MacDowell) happy. In this episode, Auden learns more about Eli, and becomes a friend of the girls who work in his stepmother’s shop – Maggie (Laura Kariuki), Leah (Genevieve Hannelius), and Esther (Samia Finnerty) – and finds the kind of person she wants to be.
Like many of Dessen’s novels, it incorporates both adult beats and a love episode, creating young female characters whose stories are not about love and relationships, but be aware that those are part of growing up. Alvarez is smart at transforming Dessen’s career by keeping Auden’s story detailed and balanced between her relationship with her parents and her emerging love affair with Eli.
Alvarez, of course, contributed to the success of To All the Boys as its author, but her directing skills were first demonstrated in Along For The Ride, and she demonstrated a keen sense of how to keep the spirit alive. of the book is alive as it creates a new and modern movie while it feels timeless. Both Dessen and Han have garnered a huge following in their old novels, and Alvarez should receive the same amount of praise and attention for bringing the best movies based on the works of writers.
For their part, the actors really help to make the movie as realistic as it is, with Pasarow providing mainly play that helps to market Auden as a shameless teenager who ends up getting into her personality with what she has heard in Colby. Pasarow’s talent is especially evident when acting opposite MacDowell and Mulroney as her parents, all three being able to bring a great deal of depth to the strained relationship between the family.
Bosworth, too, is as sweet and endearing as Heidi even as she has been given the difficult task of walking the line between an annoying stepmother and a compassionate new mom. However, the real heart of Along for the Ride comes from Audenow Pasarow as she interacts with younger characters, especially Eli of Cameli. Thanks to their plays, it is fun to watch the ongoing, growing relationship between the two characters. There may be more to the story Along for the Ride than love, but Pasarow and Cameli certainly brought about a lovely change.
In addition to Alvarez’s script and directing, and cast, the music of Beach House Along For The Ride creates a new and unrelenting movie scene that fits well with Auden’s story setting. Using the likes of Troye Sivan and Santigold, the Along with the Ride soundtrack helps to give the teen summer movie a unique, yet modern ambiance.
Music is in tune with the present moment while avoiding the most popular songs that are described at any given time. The Beach House song helps Along for the Ride feel like a timeless youth story that will stay relevant and relevant for a long time.
Netflix has made a place for old movie novels from the aughts to 2010, thanks in part to Alvarez’s work on the To To The Boys movie and, now, Along for the Ride. Finally, Along for the Ride is a charming and compelling romance film.
Dessen’s novel is very well translated but stands out as a youth-focused drama, which is not an easy task. Fans of Dessen’s work, and those who enjoyed All The Boys I Loved Before, would do well to check out the Compatibility Ride. Those who give the film a chance may enjoy this sophisticated and comfortable youth drama.