The Ride: A Christmas Eve Parable

DVD Release: December 4, 2012
The Ride: A Christmas Eve Parable


It’s Christmas Eve in the suburbs of Chicago, and a bored and disengaged taxi driver reluctantly accepts one more pickup. He soon begins to suspect that his passenger is planning to commit suicide. The cabbie prolongs the ride in an uncharacteristic attempt to connect and help. See how grace invades the hearts of both men in this powerful short film by Dallas Jenkins, director of “What If…”

Dove Review

Set against the backdrop of the Chicago suburbs during the holiday season, “The Ride” is a thought-provoking film about two men whose paths cross when a taxi driver picks up his last ride of the evening on a dark and blustery Christmas Eve.

The passenger was a disheveled man with a most unusual request. The driver notices his passenger is troubled, and in spite of his normally detached and disinterested demeanor, he finds himself wanting to help the lonely and despondent man. As the evening progresses, the cab driver searches for a way to reach out and connect with his passenger.

Through unforeseen circumstances, the two men find a glimmer of hope in what seems to be the end of the line for one of them. This film offers a unique look at the spirit of hope, grace and forgiveness in a most unexpected way, and we are pleased to approve it for viewers of all ages.

Content Description

Sex: none
Language: none
Violence: none
Drugs: Adult male seen smoking; reference to “getting hammered”
Nudity: none
Other: Passenger contemplates suicide.


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Director: Dallas Jenkins
Producer: James MacDonald
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 33 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Starring: Kirk B R Woller, Brad Heller, Patrck Gagnon
Reviewer: Nancy Bouwens