RIDE is what might have once been called a "dramedy". But it's far more than that - a serious drama with hilarious moments. The movie stars the irrepressible, underrated, and always reliable Helen Hunt (who also wrote, produced, and directed). She comes across as the "poor man's" Jodie Foster but with a sense of humor. She plays the part of a highly successful book editor but overprotective mother. The tragic loss of an earlier child evidently caused her to lose her marriage and cast an overbearing watchful eye on her 20 year old (played by upcoming star Brenton Thwaites - Maleficent, Oculus, The Giver, Blue Lagoon: the Awakening, Son of a Gun) who is also an aspiring writer. His mother's smothering attention forces him to suddenly leave college and NYC and stay far away with his father and new family in sunny California where he is free to surf and write. However, Hunt pursues him to CA and with the help of a limo driver (smartly played by David Zayas - Gotham, Dexter, Oz) keeps tabs on her son from a distance. It is now that the film takes a humorous turn as Hunt secretly follows her son around in the rented limo and also experiences a clash of worlds between NYC and CA. To fit in and continue her "spying", she also retains the services of Luke Wilson (Legally Blonde, Charlie's Angels, etc.) to teach her how to surf. Her interaction with the ocean waves and Wilson (who gives a low key but fine performance) is both comedic and symbolically significant. For, in the end, we have a "coming of age" story that casts a wide net as both mother and son adjust to their new worlds, each other, relationships in general, and what is truly worthwhile. Bottled up emotions pour out and, in a kind of general catharsis, free our major characters in such a way that they can begin to enjoy life anew. Even with a stunt double, Hunt gives it her physical all; and her interaction with Thwaites is credible, energetic, and realistic. Kudos to Hunt & Co.!