Along For The Ride (2000)

JOHN KAYE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Alternate title:  Forever Lulu

Germany/USA, 2000.  Cinelulu Internationale Filmproduktiongesellshaft mbH and Co. 1 Beteilegung KG, Cinerenta Medienbeteiligungs KG, Green Moon Productions, Loving Lulu Productions Inc..  Screenplay by John Kaye.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

  plays a television writer in a crumbling marriage with , who gets thrown back to his wilder college days when his ex-girlfriend (Melanie Griffith) escapes her mental institution and gives him a call. She tells him they had a son sixteen years earlier that he knew nothing about, and now she wants to travel across the country with him to their son’s adoptive parents’ home and meet him. The small, straight-to-video quality of the production is overcome by fantastic performances from the entire cast. Miller has never been better or more interesting, and Griffith is absolutely lovely in the lead role, luminous and also quite terrifying at times. The last third, dealing with the family’s reuniting with their son, is a painful and touching sequence that will move even the most cynical viewer.

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