The Longest Ride review: Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson lack spark in latest Nicholas Sparks schmaltz fest

April 8, 2015 1:32 AM

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Ever since the success of The Notebook, movies based on novels by Nicholas Sparks have been a byword for schmaltz. But if Sparks is a hack, he's a hack out of the ordinary, with his addiction to parallel plotting, awkward metaphor, and coincidence strained to breaking point.

The Longest Ride, based on Sparks' most recent novel, takes silliness to the next level. The setting, naturally, is Sparks' home state of North Carolina, where Sophia (Britt Robertson), an ambitious art student, meets Luke (Scott Eastwood, son of Clint), a modern-day cowboy bent on becoming a rodeo ...

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