Netflix has a heart-melting new movie that’s enjoying strong word-of-mouth as it climbs the top of its most-watched streamers list.
The film is called Along for the Ride and is based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Sarah Dessen. The film was written by Sofia Alvarez and is Sofia Alvarez’s directorial debut. This name may be familiar to genre fans, as Alvarez also wrote Netflix hits To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and the 2020 sequel To All The Boys: PS I Still Love You.
The romantic drama follows Auden (Emma Pasarow), a recent high school grad and insomniac who plans to spend her summer visiting her father and his new wife in the small town of Colby Beach.
There she meets Eli (Belmont Cameli), another sufferer of insomnia, and the revelers decide to explore the beach town together. The pair soon bond as Eli introduces Auden to the fun, carefree teenage life she never knew she wanted. And their deepening connection causes romantic sparks to fly.
Along for the Ride may sound like a cheesy teen flick on the surface, full of chilling dialogue and overly dramatic characters, but don’t let first impressions fool you. The film is surprisingly thoughtful and has garnered far more critical reviews than films of this nature typically enjoy.
On Rotten Tomatoes, Along for the Ride scored a respectable 60%. Critics have praised it for its ability to capture the feeling of first love and its relatable message. Viewers seem to be more impressed with the film which gets an audience rating of 74% which is quite strong.
Along for the Ride is making waves on Netflix. It is currently #4 on the list of most watched English language films. Additionally, the film racked up almost 11 million viewing hours worldwide in its first 48 hours on Netflix (according to Top10 Netflix). Right now we see it as #6 in the US via the Netflix app.
Meanwhile, Netflix is experiencing another turbulent week. While the service has plenty of new content to offer its subscribers, including a shocking new true-crime document, the streamer has received significant backlash after confirming it will roll out an ad-supported tier and crack down on password sharing before the end of the year .
Those announcements have led to dire predictions that a tidal wave of Netflix cancellations could be on the horizon, but for others, these changes aren’t quite as much of a deal breaker.
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