Published by: Anthony Wallace
Patrol Officer Ben Barber is about to marry to James Payton’s sister Angela. But when an encrypted hardware leads to a drug dealer it forces James to go to Miami, however he’s not so sure about Ben tagging along. Ben wants to prove himself to James that he’s cut out to be a police officer and to Angela that he can be taken seriously. Director Tim Story returns to the helm the sequel after a successful $154.5 million* run at the box office with 2014’s ‘Ride Along‘. Both Ice Cube and Kevin Hart come back along with a few additions in Olivia Munn and Ken Jeong.
Though he may be type casted as we’ve seen in the last few go arounds, Kevin Hart is a good entertainer that with the right people he can pull off some good fun. Same can be said for Ice Cube and with both personalities your sure to get some good laughs, right? With ‘Ride Along 2‘ you get the typical good friends with one of them being the smartest and the other not so much. Let’s be honest, if we had officers like Ben Barber we’d all be in trouble and the faith in the law would be in question. Where I found a disconnect was the chemistry between Hart and Ice Cube. At times you found there relationship to be at odds and for much of the first half of the movie the focus was put on Ben’s wedding while the villain in this case was saved for the second half. When things shifted to Miami is when the fun is to be had.
Unfortunately for the sequel it’s a step back from what we got in the original. There really wasn’t a story to it or even to serve a purpose. What’s meant to be a comedy the movie tried to be dramatic with the wedding angle and it didn’t fare so well. There wasn’t a problem with Ice Cube because he plays a decent undercover detective and when things went down you could take him serious. However Kevin Hart’s character just didn’t mix well and feels more like a miscast. One of the funniest moments took place when Barber, Payton, and Maya (played by Olivia Munn) arrive at the home of Antonio Pope (Benjamin Bratt) where an event is taking place while undercover. A dispute over their names not being on the party list leads to a few punches between Payton and Barber that to me was the funniest bit of the entire movie. As a whole the laughs just wasn’t enough to salvage the fun which is too bad because I expected a little more.
In what could’ve been a great follow-up to the first ‘Ride Along‘, we’re left with a thin plot and not much to enjoy. The theater I went to had a couple of laughs from the audience but for the majority of the runtime it was dead silent. One thing that was cool to watch was a quick appearance by Tyrese Gibson who in the beginning rolls in with James Payton in what felt like a ‘Fast and the Furious‘ moment so that’s something to keep an eye out for. What had potential to be a great follow-up turned out to disappoint. Nothing could’ve salvaged the film and won’t leave you with much to remember.
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*Source: Box Office Mojo