Ride Along 2
Ride Along 2
Director: Tim Story
Writers: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi, Greg Coolidge
Cast: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn, Ken Jeong, Bruce McGill, Michael Rose, Sherri Shepherd, Arturo del Puerto, Eric Goins, Carlos Gómez, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Glen Powell, Nadine Velazquez
Synopsis: As his wedding day approaches, Ben heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James to bring down a drug dealer who's supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, sexual content, language and some drug material
6 / 10
- Jokes were funny; in spite of the fact that most of them are recycled from the previous film.
- Ice Cube and Kevin Hart work well off of each other.
- Acting was decent
- Decent pace
- Decent cinematography and action scenes are well choreographed.
- Extremely predictable
- Rips off almost every freaking buddy cop film ever made, while rehashing the premise of the previous "Ride Along" movie that was already something of a rip off of various other "buddy cop" films.
- Most of the characters are one dimensional and generic; especially the villains.
- The shoehorned alleged romance involving Ice Cube's character feels forced and contrived.
The Brothers in law are back!
Stop me if you've heard this one before. Two cops are forced to work on a case together; in spite of the fact that they don't like each other. One is a uber serious straight man, while the other one is extroverted and silly. They get in way over their heads to where they inevitably get suspended from the case just as they were on the cusp of solving it. You have a police chief that's always p***ed off at them, and the two cops come together to try to solve the case anyway; in spite of the suspension. Sound familiar? Well this is literally the exact same premise of almost every other buddy cop movie out there, and the first "Ride Along" was no exception to this rule.
And like most modern sequels of today's generation, "Ride Along 2" is essentially nothing more than a rip off of it's prequel. Sure, the settings are different, as well as a few other scenarios like Kevin Hart's character getting married to Ice Cube's sister and etc. But the premise is basically the same.
"Ride Along 2" isn't going to win any brownie points for originality, but if you liked the first one okay, then this sequel might be right up your alley, as it basically features the same damn story and recycled jokes from the previous one.
Both Ice Cube and Kevin Hart basically play themselves again into this movie. Granted, each of their characters do have their own names, but let's be honest. Most people aren't even going to use them anyway, so it's not even worth bringing up their characters' names anyway.
As expected from most buddy cop films, this movie is nothing if not insanely predictable. Following in the footsteps of it's predecessor, as it leaves no cliche unturned. Hell, even the villains seem like nothing more than generic cartoon bad guys. Not to mention the alleged forced relationship involving a new female officer and Ice Cube's character seems a bit contrived. But for what it's worth, the jokes are still surprisingly funny; in spite of the fact that most of them are recycled from the previous movie.
However, most of that resonates from the great chemistry that both Ice and Kevin share together on screen, as Kevin's wacky over the top physical comedy meshes perfectly with Ice Cube's tough guy serious persona, which leads to a lot of comical situations throughout the film.
The action scenes are well choreographed, and I have to admit the cinematography captures it all rather beautifully. Granted, a lot of the characters are underdeveloped in favor of focusing on Cube and Hart's relationship, but if you've seen the first movie, then what do you expect? The first film was a generic mediocre comedy, so it's only fitting that the sequel would fall within those lines.
Overall though, if you're a fan of the first one, then I'd say "Ride Along 2" might be worth checking out on TV, but I wouldn't bother to see it in a theater though.
© 2016 Steven Daniels