If you were to gain access to the computer where Nicholas Sparks writes his books, I'll bet you'd find that "search and replace" is the most commonly used function.
"The Longest Ride" is the latest movie to escape from the popular romance writer's head, and it is about as flimsy an exercise in formula as you're likely to see this year. It's not that it is unprofessionally made, or that it lacks the polish of a typical studio release. Far from it. The film is handsomely produced, and everyone does exactly what they were hired to do, both in front of the camera and behind it.