Ride Along 2

"Bad"

Ride Along 2 Review


Ice Cube and Kevin Hart reteam for a sequel no one really asked for, following up their lacklustre 2014 action-comedy with a film that's even lazier. While the first one at least had a sense of pacing, with humour that sometimes tipped from idiotic to mildly funny, this movie wastes its cast and premise on a series of witless action sequences, dopey slapstick and contrived relational touches. It's only watchable because Hart is able to make the most undemanding audience members chuckle now and then.

After proving that his video-gaming skills were useful in police work, Ben (Hart) has completed police academy and is working as a rookie, shadowing tough-guy detective James (Cube), whose sister Angela (Tika Sumpter) is marrying Ben in just a week. But before that happens, James and Ben head to Miami to follow a lead in a drug case they're working on. Alongside local tough-girl detective Maya (Olivia Munn), they track down a hacker (Ken Jeong) who has proof that local philanthropist Antonio (Benjamin Bratt) is actually a notorious global black market dealer. To prove that, they have to dive into a series of car and boat chases, plus heists and shootouts that never seem to go the way anyone expects.

The underlying story is exactly the same as the first film: James is trying to prove that Ben is an idiot, while he is actually softening James' rough edges. The difference here is that they know each other a bit better, so are more effective at getting under each others' skin. This means that they're even less likeable than before, and even Hart's non-stop comical chatter is more annoying than it is amusing. There are moments when Hart adds a tiny detail that elicits a smile from viewers, and some of his physical antics are so ridiculous that it's difficult not to giggle, but most of that is simply because it's unbelievable that the filmmakers thought any of this was genuinely funny.

Director Tim Story never tries to inject some originality, merely rehashing old gags and tired story cliches, while wallowing in careless violence and shameless misogyny (aside from bikini models in the background of every scene, Munn and Sumpter are clothed in relentlessly revealing outfits). And while Hart does his best to generate some comical energy, he's dragged down by Cube's cruise-control performance and the flimsy stereotypes that make up the characters played by Jeong and Bratt. There's enough of a premise here for something funny to happen, but the filmmakers never aim that high.

Rich Cline

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Ride Along 2

Facts and Figures

Genre: Comedy

Run time: 102 mins

In Theaters: Friday 15th January 2016

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Production compaines: Universal Pictures, Cube Vision, Will Packer Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 13%
Fresh: 9 Rotten: 58

IMDB: 5.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , , , William Packer, J.C. Spink

Starring: as Ben Barber, as James Payton, as Maya Cruz, as Angela Payton, as A.J., as Tasha, as Pope, Glen Powell as Troy, T.I. as Tony David, as Cori, Utkarsh Ambudkar as Amir

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