Ride

Watch Helen Hunt show her versatility by playing both The Mom and The Bitch in a single role! I’ve never been a big fan of Helen Hunt and this is not the movie to win me over. Her character is so shrill and cliched I feel a strong itch to break into a rant about the very narrow width of roles for women of a certain age in Hollywood, except here’s the awkward catch: Helen Hunt wrote it herself. She directs too. But this is not something I’d be very proud to put my name on.

Jackie (Hunt) is a New York book editor with an unhealthily codependent relationship ride_helenwith her son Angelo (Brenton Thwaites), an aspiring writer just out of high school. He’s not too keen on post-secondary education, and when he fucks off to California for the summer (where his dad lives, and the waves beckon), she irrationally follows. Is young Angelo happy to have his Mommy along on his big independent adventure? No he is not. So to prove how cool she is, Jackie takes up surfing. When stubbornness alone isn’t quite enough, she reluctantly takes lessons from Ian (Luke Wilson).

Ian is a chill dude, but can he help her remove the stick from her ass? And do we really need another movie about a woman who needs to be taught to unwind from a barely employed but somehow revered younger man? Fuck no. Like Hunt or dislike her as an actor, she clearly isn’t very mature as a writer. Her script is obvious and creaky. And she’s pretty uninspired as a director, taking too long to develop any sympathy for the lead character (ie, herself). And don’t get me started on the missing irony of a book editor and a writer griping and agonizing over endings, when the film in fact has none.

Ride is a crummy movie, but it might have limited use as an instructional video for middle-aged surf noobs.

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21 thoughts on “Ride

  1. The Chaos Realm

    Hee hee…feel free to “hate” on the Chaos Fairy, but I like her…Twister is one of my fav movies ROFL! šŸ™‚ But I’m also not as discriminating when it comes to movies as opposed to being a book snob!

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    1. Jay Post author

      I’ve liked a few movies with her in it. I haven’t seen Twister in a really long time but thought it was all right back in the day. I’ve enjoyed The Sessions and As Good As It Gets and even Pay It Forward. I think that’s the whole list.

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    1. Jay Post author

      Well this one was made in 2013-14, but is just hitting Netflix now (it did not really see the light of day before this).

      In 2012, she played a sex surrogate who has sex with a man in an iron lung.

      She has not been busy this century.

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  2. Charlie Bilton

    Glad it’s not just me and the “Helen Hunt? Meh…” thing. I’m trying to think of any film she’s been in that I’ve enjoyed, and….no. Couldn’t tell you why though!

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  3. ninvoid99

    Helen Hunt is definitely overrated as an actress but she’s not the reason why I won’t see this. It’s Brenton Thwaites. That kid sucks and ugh, what’s up with his fucking eyebrows?

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  4. Liz A.

    Wow, tell us what you really think about Helen Hunt šŸ˜‰
    I’ve never had a problem with her. But this movie doesn’t sound very good, so I’ll skip.

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  5. Chris Scott

    Helen Hunt is one of those people that I always mistake for someone else and then I realize that it’s not Helen Hunt and she falls back in to the recesses of my mind to repeat the cycle.

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  7. reocochran

    I liked your description of this movie and won’t see it, Jay! I did like the four movies mentioned Twisters, The Sessions, As Good as It Gets, and Pay It Forward. Each one showed a little different plot and character. I don’t think this movie has any depth! Glad you watched it and told us to disregard it. Sorry about your “luck!” Just teasing you.

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