Who would have imagined that a 20-million-dollar movie starring Melanie Griffith, Patrick Swayze, and Penelope Ann Miller wouldn't have found an audience in at least one movie theater? If it had been a real stinker, it would be understandable to send this straight to cable television, which is where this ended up. But Along for the Ride has a lot going for it, not the least of which is the readily identifiable star power and a story that drags you "along for the ride" just as Griffith's schizophrenic character does with Swayze. The lack of fanfare for the colorful, breezy production is curious, although no doubt chalked up to contractual obligations by the producers. In any case, the film has plenty of well-placed laughs, honest melodrama that doesn't stoop to button-pushing manipulation, and superb performances by an inspired cast. Debuting director and veteran writer John Kaye (Where the Buffalo Roam) unravels the story at just the right pace to keep interest high. Fans of any of the principal stars won't be disappointed.