After watching Ride Along I was left with the profound sense of disappointment. Previously I've enjoyed Kevin Hart's comedy. His timing and unique delivery usually transition well from stand-up comedy to the big screen. I also appreciate Ice Cube's stern expression and dominating manner which in itself makes for some good comedic set ups. So what happens when you combine these characteristics in Ride Along? You get yet another overacted, over-played and drawn -ut movie that clearly relies on spontaneous and unnecessary ad-libbing rather than sticking to the approved script.
Kevin Hart plays Ben Barber, an ambitious wannabe cop who wants approval to marry his long-time girlfriend Angela. (The character is played by Tika Sumpter and she's little more than the basic female filler role). To prove he's worthy and cut out to be cop, Ben must complete a ride along with his soon to be brother-in-law James (Ice Cube). Of course James tries all the expected tricks in the book to discourage Ben, setting up fake situations and perpetrators, while secretly investigating a crime ring his Captain has forbidden him to. I bet you can guess how that ends. ..
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So if you've seen the trailer, then you've seen the movie. All the 'funny' parts are used to promote the film which is a shame because it leaves nothing to be surprised by when these scenes start to play. This goes for the rest of the film as well. It's predictable from the beginning and leaves no room for mystery or an unexpected 'final reveal.' It's an exhausted storyline that's been done before and Ride Along hasn't added any new material worth seeing. It's plagued with the usual shoot-outs, car chases and corrupt cops and it's certainly not the franchise material Rush Hour and Lethal Weapon were made of.
IMDB rates it 6.2, I think thats generous so I give it a 5.3. However, I need to acknowledge comedy is individual. What I found predictable and drawn out you might find funny and prompt. It all comes down to personal taste and preference, so you're welcome to leave a comment below and let us know what you thought of Ride Along.