Review by Paris Jade
We are coming up to summer 2022, which means it’s that time to bring out all the teen summer romance movies. To kick it off, why not watch Along for the Ride? Auden (Emma Pasarow) meets the mysterious Eli (Belmont Cameli) during her summer before college. While Auden keeps to herself, Eli tries to show her all of the fun, carefree experiences she could have by taking her on quests in the middle of the night.
This film is your classic love story. The girl is not like everyone, choosing to keep to herself. The boy likes the girl and makes her do fun stuff with him throughout the movie, and they slowly fall for each other. Meanwhile, there are family and life problems they have to face separately. It’s a cute film if you are into a regular teen romance. If you love clichés in that genre, you’ll have no problem liking this movie as well. The story is simple and sweet, and it’s entertaining enough if you really attach yourself to the characters. However, if you don’t go for this genre of film, then this will not be your favorite. You could easily either be entertained or incredibly bored. If you want something new and exciting, then steer clear of this film — it does nothing of the sort. The characters can be a tad boring, and it takes a bit for the plot to pick up.
However, even if it is a little boring, it’s a very pretty movie to watch. The cinematography itself is incredibly joyous considering that over half of the film takes place on a beach, one of the most perfect settings. It’s tough to mess up on making a beach look pretty. Scenes that involve the teens running around and having a good time will most likely be your favorite just from the fact that it’s set on the beach, and every shot is pleasing to the eye. This is all on top of the fact that the soundtrack fits right into the teen factor of the film. Every montage has the perfect song to go along with it.
The chemistry between the cast was great. You could genuinely feel as though you were watching two teens fall for each other. Even Auden and her friends all felt like they had really bonded and built relationships through the film, and that is the most refreshing thing to witness besides the ocean waves in the background. Because you’ve probably only ever seen Belmont Cameli in his role on the Saved By The Bell reboot, he plays quite the opposite in this film and proves that he can act very well and isn’t just some dumb jock. Along for the Ride is highly recommended to anyone who just wants to relax and watch a cute teen romance and doesn’t expect anything more.
Watch Along for the Ride now on Netflix.