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  • Actors: Melanie Griffith, Patrick Swayze, Penelope Ann Miller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Richard Schiff
  • Directors: John Kaye
  • Writers: John Kaye
  • Producers: Abra Edelman, Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Diane Isaacs
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009WVSN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,417 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Along For the Ride" on IMDb

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Actors: Melanie Griffith, Patrick Swayze, Penelope Ann Miller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Richard Schiff Directors: John Kaye Writers: John Kaye Producers: Abra Edelman, Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Diane Isaacs Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC Language: English Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.) Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Number of discs: 1 Rated: R (Restricted) Studio: 20th Century Fox DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003

Customer Reviews

This is an excellent movie, with a good soundtrack.
G. Amico
It makes the viewer feel very awkward, just watching the exchanges, you really feel sorry for Lulu and Ben.
Meesha
Both Patrick Swayze and Melanie Griffith gives their great performing.
Otto Yuen

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joseph King on November 28, 2003
Format: DVD
This DVD of the cable film from STARZ, Forever Lulu, received terrible reviews but I think it is an extraordinary story of two people, Lulu (Melanie Griffith) and Ben (Patrick Swayze) who shared a summer romance and tragically experience the descent of Lulu (Melanie Griffith) into mental illness. Sixteen years later, escaping from a halfway mental health home, Lulu sneaks away to see Ben and to his surprise tells him about a son he does not know he has. They drive to Wisconsin to see the boy while Ben's wife, Helen (Penelope Ann Miller), threatened by this intrusion into their marriage and unresolved feelings over the death of their young son, follows them to Wisconsin and after an emotional meeting of the three, each struggles to resolve their conflicting feelings and unsettling switches of roles. The three all travel to see the son who initially rejects his new found parents but comes to understand why their relationship happened and why they could not be a family. Finally, Ben and Lulu realize they will always be in love with each other but can only remain a memory. Wonderful performances and a real examination of the discrimination of those with mental illness but the power of Griffith to overcome the stigma, "(to son after he apologizes for calling his mother crazy) I am crazy, it makes it easier that way." This film, while not based on a strong script, works on many levels making you feel the pathos of the relationship between these characters stumbling to deal with their feelings and the circumstances of their lives. The score is worth the price of the DVD, ("Say Goodbye", written by Serge Colbert, Mark Portman & Alan Rich and performed by Lauren Kinkade). Get out a box of Kleenix if you like to drain your sinuses.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Kinkade on September 30, 2002
Format: DVD
Hello everyone... my name is Lauren Kinkade, and I was the singer you heard on the end credit song "Say Goodbye". Thank you all for your kind words!! "Say Goodbye" is a great song, and hopefully someday, it will be released. But as of right now, the only place you will find it is on the DVD or VHS.
Thanks again everyone!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Otto Yuen on May 21, 2004
Format: DVD
The production of this DVD is quite cheap. You find only trailer and the moive, not even subtitles. Yet, the story is quite touchy. It may spare you a tear at the end of the film. Both Patrick Swayze and Melanie Griffith gives their great performing. Overall the movie is very heartwarming, much better than I expected.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 1, 2002
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Don't expect a lot from this DVD, it offers just two buttons for you to touch: "View trailer" and "Play movie". No scene access, no special features. Yea, that's sad. But the film itself makes up to what's missing on the DVD. Melanie Griffith gives a superb performance as a schizophrenic ex-girlfriend and distressed mother. You'll love the nostalgic scene of her and Patrick Swayze, from different corners of the world, watching "The Hustler" on TV and getting lost in their memories. And the fabulous musical score is definitely some "bonus material" to this romantic drama -- especially the last song ("Say Goodbye", written by Serge Colbert, Mark Portman & Alan Rich and performed by Lauren Kinkade). That melody, along with Griffith's childlike smile, will surely capture your heart.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Canning on April 26, 2002
Format: DVD
The cast is really wonderful -- especially Melanie Griffith and Penelope Ann Miller. But Patrick Swayze hitting the road for a 2000 mile road trip with a very unstable ex-girlfriend (Griffith) to see the son he never had was so forced and almost laughable the way it was handled. To up and leave his wife (Miller) stranded at a restaurant that way was not at all believeable. That's the fault of the script, not the actors. It just wasn't thought out enough. There's a really touching scene in the airplane between Miller and Steven Bauer (one of Griffith's real-life exs) that was award worthy. Unfortunately, this movie would never have made 20 bucks had it been released in theatres. You're better off with a DVD. And yes, the song is really, really beautiful. Wish I could find this on CD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By makki jeanette on August 31, 2005
Format: DVD
A good storyline. Melanie Griffith is believable as LuLu. Penelope Ann Miller's character, Clare, needed to be developed a bit more. Patrick Swayze is just darned okay by me.

A complaint: I can't find the music anywhere. Any hints?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on January 9, 2005
Format: DVD
When I first saw this movie for rent, I initially pitied Melanie Griffith as seemingly her movies are now at the "straight-to-video" status. However, being an admitted fan of the lady, I rented it and was pleasantly surprised. Yes, the production is not great, but the acting by Griffith and Penelope Ann Miller is very good. (Swayze seemed to have been trying too hard.)

An interesting aside is that Griffith's character in SOMETHING WILD, an excellent film, was also named Lulu. Therefore, I think of it as a sort of continuation of her story...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on July 25, 2006
Format: DVD
Tearful and melodramatic plot that it focuses in the attempts of a mother in search of her son, sixteen years after she was born. His biological father never knew she was pregnant and because of the fact they were simple lovers, he married with a therapist and suddenly, she reappears -coming from san Francisco to Chicago - in his life in search of his support to find him.

Uneven and even predictable script where Patrick Swayze shines with intensity.
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