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Oona Chaplin

Review: 'The Longest Ride'

Review: 'The Longest Ride'

No less than the "Harry Potter" adaptations or the "Fast and Furious" movies, the novels of Nicholas Sparks form the basis of a consistent film franchise in which the characters' names and crises and letters-read-aloud voice-overs may change, but it's the same wish-fulfillment universe across title after title. The public likes what the public likes, even if the public likes some Sparks adaptations more than others.

"The Longest Ride," the 10th Sparks title to hit the screen with a soft, pretty thud, can be described the way Scott Eastwood (male lead, son of Clint, looks plausible in a cowboy hat) is described in the opening seconds of the movie:...