Ride (1998 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Millicent Shelton|
|Written by||Millicent Shelton|
|Narrated by||Melissa De Sousa|
|Music by||Dunn E. Pearson|
|Edited by||Earl Watson|
|Distributed by||Dimension Films|
|Box office||$5.5 million|
This article needs an improved plot summary. (February 2015)
New York City film school graduate Leta Evans (De Sousa) has just become the assistant to hot music video director Bleau Kelly (Downtown Julie Brown). She almost loses the job before her first day's barely even started when Bleau decides budget cuts must be made for her next project. When Leta offers to do the assignment for a smaller fee, Bleau decides to have her escort a group of rappers, singers, and showbiz wanna-be's to Miami for a video shoot. The gang, which is kept in line by Poppa (Yoba), gets acquainted on a decaying bus as they travel down the East Coast, encountering barroom fights and other problems en route to the video gig.
- Melissa De Sousa as Leta Evans
- Fredro Starr as Geronimo
- Kellie Shanygne Williams as Tuesday
- Malik Yoba as Poppa
- Sticky Fingaz as Brotha X
- Cedric the Entertainer as Bo
- Dartanyan Edmonds as Byrd
- Downtown Julie Brown as Bleau Kelly
- Guy Torry as Indigo
- Idalis DeLeón as Charity
- John Witherspoon as Roscoe
- Julia Garrison as Blacke
- The Lady of Rage as Peaches
- Luther Campbell as Freddy B
- Rueben Asher as Casper
- Snoop Dogg as Mente
A soundtrack containing hip hop music was released on January 27, 1998, by Tommy Boy Records. It contained five charting singles, "The Worst", "Mourn You Til I Join You", "Callin'", "Jam on It" and "The Weekend".
Lael Loewenstein of Variety magazine describes the film as having "a few genuinely funny bits of dialogue and some earnest performances" that offset the predictable storyline. The review predicts the film will be popular with the target young urban audience, but with only slight chances of a crossover or international audience. Loewenstein states that the script treads familiar road-movie territory, but the film itself is "technically well above average", including the effective costume, production design, and lensing. The acting is also judged to be "adequate all around" with a notable cameo from Snoop Dogg.
Entertainment Weekly gives the film a grade of D+, calling it a mess, and saying any serious issues raised in the film are immediately undercut by toilet humor, and whenever the road trip story gains momentum it is interrupted by cameo appearances. The New York Times calls Ride "a weak, unenergetic vehicle for character, comedy, romance, adventure or music."