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Starring: Emma Pasarow, Belmont Cameli, Kate Bosworth, Laura Kariuki, Andie MacDowell, Dermot Mulroney, Genevieve Hannelius, Samia Finnerty, Paul Karmiyran, Marcus Scribner, Ricardo Hurtado
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Netflix romantic drama written and directed by Sofia Alvarez. Along for the Ride (2022) follows Auden (Emma Pasarow), who during the summer before college meets the mysterious Eli (Belmont Cameli), a fellow insomniac. While the seaside town of Colby sleeps, the two embark on a nightly quest to help Auden experience the fun, carefree teen life she never knew she wanted.
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Auden: There’s this tradition at my school. Every year, on the Saturday after graduation, the seniors of Kiffney-Brown Prep break into the school’s bell tower, party at the top, and take turns ringing the bell for an hour. It’s a rite of passage that everyone looks forward to all year. To mark the end of the hour, they TP the tower. It’s actually kind of beautiful.
Auden: If this were an isolated incident, it’d be fine. But the truth is, I do this all the time. Which is why, instead of celebrating at the top of the bell tower with my classmates, I’m at home with my mom, and her colleagues, a bunch of old people.
Debroah: What are your plans for the summer?
Auden: I’m spending it with my father in Colby.
Victoria: She thinks that they’re going to bond.
Victoria: It’s a judgment on your father, not you.
Auden: I know my mom doesn’t understand why I want to go to Colby, but it’s like I only know how to be one kind of person here. I’ve never done anything you can’t read about on my transcript. But maybe if I go to Colby, I can be someone else. Someone different. Or it will be exactly the same, and I can’t change. I don’t know, but I’m willing to bet the summer on it to find out.
Robert: [referring to his office] And before you say anything, I know. It’s a disaster area. But I bet you remember that from when I was working on Narwhal.
Auden: Got to say, Dad, in my memory of that time of our lives, the status of your office cleanliness is not exactly what comes to mind.
Robert: Yeah, because your parents were breaking up.
Auden: Something about that.
Auden: [as Jake is kissing her] Have you ever done something because you’re trying to be a different version of yourself, but once you’re in the middle of it, you think like, “Wow, this is so not me?”
Jake: You’re gay?
Auden: Oh, no. I mean, I don’t think so. I mean, it’s all a spectrum, right? But I was more talking about…
Jake: It’s okay, alright? Look, I’m not offended. You’re figuring this out, and that’s chill. But if you’re not feeling it with me, you’re probably not feeling it with dudes, because all the honeys love the Jake.
Esther: Look, don’t worry about Maggie. She’ll get over it. It’s just Jake is like her kryptonite. They were together for two years in high school, and they broke up right before graduation. It wasn’t her idea.
Auden: She was with that guy for two years? What’s the matter with her?
Eli: [referring to making her knock her coffee over] Will you let me make it up to you?
Auden: Are you making it up to me by taking me with you to do your laundry?
Eli: No. But while we’re here, I thought I might as well put some shirts in.
Auden: What is this? Vertical checkers?
Eli: You’ve never heard of Connect Four?
Auden: Should I have? Is it like a laundromat requirement?
Eli: You just won again. What are you, some kind of Connect Four hustler?
Auden: Beginner’s luck. But it is fun. I got to remember to do stuff like this more often.
Eli: What? Annihilate the competition in board games?
Auden: Not specifically. But, yeah, like kid stuff.
Eli: Kid stuff? What does that mean?
Auden: I don’t know. Like stuff you read about in books. Food fights. Trespassing.
Eli: Classic indoor kid, huh?
Eli: Okay, just to be clear. You’ve never been trespassing, or had a food fight, but like you do know how to ride a bike, right?
Auden: Yes, everyone knows how to ride a bike.
Eli: Just checking.
Auden: Would you maybe want to hang out again?
Eli: Why, you need a kid stuff guru?
Auden: What? No. Never mind.
Eli: Wait, wait. I’m sorry. I’m kidding. I mean, I’m kidding, but I’m serious.
Eli: Think of a bunch of stuff you haven’t done, and just start doing them. It could be like a quest.
Auden: A quest?
Eli: Yeah. Yeah.
Auden: That sounds ridiculous.
Auden: I tried to be a different person once this summer, and it was comically bad.
Eli: Yeah? Did it happen at the Tip?
Auden: Why do you ask?
Eli: In my experience, most comically bad scenarios take place at the Tip. I mean, with a name like that…
Auden: How could they not?
Eli: Will you think about it? The quest?
Auden: You seem awfully invested in my life for a stranger, Eli.
Eli: I already told you. Nobody’s a stranger in Colby. See you later, Vertical Checkers.
Auden: [referring to Eli] So you like know him?
Maggie: I think the real question is, how do you know him?
Auden: I don’t. I mean, I’ve met him.
Leah: Define “met”.
Maggie: [referring to Auden] Nothing’s going on with her and Eli.
Leah: How do you know?
Maggie: Think about it. When was the last time he had something going on with anyone?
Esther: Before Abe.
Auden: Mini-golf? Is this your way of trying to spoon feed me the quest?
Eli: Yes, Vertical Checkers. That is a fun conspiracy.
'It's funny, isn't it? You look at your life, and you think, one decision, and it all would have been different.' - Heidi (Along for the Ride) Click To Tweet
Auden: [explaining why she didn’t go to prom] I guess I’m just not one of those people who thought high school is supposed to be this like big party. I was more interested in working hard so the rest of my life could be great.
Eli: Okay, but come on. I mean, even the kids who hate high school still go to prom. Unless you’re too cool for it, which is the vibe I’m getting from you.
Auden: It’s not that. It’s, I guess, I got stood up.
Auden: I couldn’t care less about prom.
Eli: Really? Are you sure?
Auden: Okay, fine. Maybe the one thing that sucked a little was the dress.
Eli: The dress?
Auden: Yeah. I was downtown one day, going to used bookstores, and I wandered into this store, and there was this dress on a mannequin that was just like so cool. You know, if I regret anything, it’s not being able to wear the dress. But prom itself? Yeah, pass.
Eli: You know, it’s a real shame you didn’t bring that dress, because it would have been perfect for the quest.
Auden: Eli, we’re not doing the quest.
Eli: Oh, Auden. Of course we are.
Eli: Sometimes I feel like all I’ve ever done is goof off. I even made a career out of it. I mean, for a minute.
Eli: I think that everyone deserves a do-over if they want it. You know? Wish I could have a do-over.
Auden: A do-over for what?
Leah: I hate when it rains.
Esther: Can’t be a beach day every day.
Leah: Why not?
Auden: [referring to the ponchos] Oh my God. These are awful.
Maggie: When you say stuff like that, you act like you’re speaking for everyone, when really, you’re only speaking for yourself.
Victoria: The thing about your father is he enjoys the performance of working arguably more than he does the actual work.
Auden: Heidi’s nice.
Victoria: Of course she’s nice. Women like her are always nice. They have to be. It’s part of the job description.
'Have you ever done something because you're trying to be a different version of yourself, but once you're in the middle of it, you think like, “Wow, this is so not me?”' - Auden (Along for the Ride) Click To Tweet
Auden: I’m starting to understand why, when you saw me, you thought, “Wow, I hate her.”
Maggie: Actually, when I first saw you, I thought, “I’m so depressed that cool, hot girl’s hooking up with my boyfriend.” I didn’t form an opinion on you until later.
Auden: Fair. That is fair.
Maggie: But what wasn’t fair was being so hard on you about the Jake stuff. I mean, you didn’t even know me.
Auden: Yeah, but I still feel bad.
Maggie: It’s okay. He’s a tool.
Auden: I’m not going to say anything.
Maggie: It’s okay. I’ve come to accept it. But at least he’s, you know, a hot one.
Auden: I’ll give you that. He’s a hot tool.
Leah: So what’s your snack profile? Maggie likes sour gummy bears. Cute, but with an edge, like she is. Esther wants jerky, because she’s a contrarian. And I’m a traditionalist and usually get a Snickers. What about you?
Auden: I’ll have a coffee, I guess.
Leah: A coffee? No. You need something with snack bang. Like what if we end up at the Tip later, and you’re starving? It’s not like you can get food at the Tip.
Auden: [referring to the B&G Apple Pie] Okay. How about this?
Leah: Old school, but I like it.
Maggie: [to Auden, after explaining how Abe was killed by a drunk driver] Eli was driving. After the funeral, he totally shut down. Now he’s like a ghost. Gave up his sponsorship, stopped riding. Works in the back of a shop doing repairs, and never hangs anymore. Which is why it was so surprising to us when he started hanging out with you.
Eli: So what was your favorite movie in the fourth grade? The Piano?
Auden: No. I don’t know. I liked Bye Bye Birdie.
Eli: Did you? Bye Bye Birdie the musical?
Auden: It’s for kids.
Eli: Yeah. Yeah, kids born in 1960.