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Critic Reviews for Ride
As a screenwriter, [Hunt] can be a bit obvious: It's the kind of film in which the son addresses his mother by her first name.
This is an unusual movie, especially when you look back and realize how usual it seemed going in.
Hunt is past the breakers and alone on her own wave; as a filmmaker, she's lost sight of the shore.
This is suitably engaging coming-of-middle-age material, but at nearly every turn, Hunt shines in one discipline while leaving much to be desired in another.
As an instructional movie on the sport, "Ride" offers some useful tips, but beyond that, it feels like a slightly bizarre vanity project.
Audience Reviews for Ride
Written and directed by Helen Hunt, Ride is an entertaining family drama. The story follows a mother who goes to L.A. to convince her son to come back to New York and go to college, but when he refuses she stays in L.A. and takes up surfing, hoping that it will help her to understand him. Hunt (in addition to writing and directing) stars as the lead and gives an incredibly strong performance. And co-stars Luke Wilson and David Zayas are also quite good. Additionally, there's a bit of a comedic undertone to the material that adds a nice levity to it. But the script is poorly written, as the mother/son relationship is underdeveloped, and there's a lot of vagueness to a tragic event in their past. Still, Ride has some touching moments and a positive message about giving up control and enjoying life.
Helen Hunt stars, writes and directs this project about a New York City literary editor following her aspiring boy writer son out to the boonies of Los Angeles to find himself. Its a fish-out-of-water tale and Hunt is game up about taking a few pratfalls for the sake of comic relief. And the writing for the New York side of the story sparkles with an easy Thin Man series style, but once out in Los Angeles (Santa Monica actually) the sparkle fizzled and it gets even embarrassing to watch in some segments. Nothing to do on a rainy Tuesday afternoon after a relationship breakup, this is your film.
There's a dynamism and bold intention in the acting of Helen Hunt that's not seen in many roles for older actresses. I'm guessing that's because they often are offered sub-par roles that don't show the diversity and vitality of older age. Hunt has circumvented that system by writing, directing, and starring in this indie film about a mother who drops everything to follow her eighteen year old son to California after he puts off college to be a bohemian writer. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/ride
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