Release Date: January 17, 2014
Starring: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika
Sumpter, John Leguizamo, Bryan
Callen, Bruce McGill
Genre: Comedy/Action Comedy
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 100 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures/Comcast
Director: Tim Story
Executive Producer: Ronald G. Muhammad, Nicolas
Producer: Matt Alvarez, Larry Brezner,
Ice Cube, William Packer
Writer: Greg Coolidge, Jason
Mantzoukas, Phil Hay, Matt
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Ben is a security guard with dreams of being a real cop in Atlanta. He lives with his girlfriend, Angela, whose brother, James, is the toughest cop on the city’s police force. When Ben gets accepted to the police academy, he asks James for two things. First, he wants a recommendation for the police force. Second, he wants his blessing to marry his sister (since their parents are dead). James says he has to test Ben’s character by taking him on a daylong ride-along.
James decides to scare Ben off by asking his dispatchers to send them every crazy incident they can find for the day. He also asks his fellow cops to stage pranks for him that appear to be criminal behavior but turn out to be jokes. So, Ben and James head out together. Along the way, they start amassing clues in the case of the city’s main gun running criminal, an unseen man named Omar.
When Ben figures out James is tricking him, he resolves to be more brave, setting in motion incidents that lead to him saving the day.
This description may make RIDE ALONG sound like a pleasant enough cop comedy. For the first 30 minutes, there are a few big laughs and some nice chemistry between Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, who play Ben and James, respectively. However, the plot begins to mysteriously unravel from there, with the story becoming utterly generic and ultimately painful to watch.
Combine its utterly generic and boringly predictable final hour with some tastelessly vulgar sexual humor, and moviegoers probably will want to avoid RIDE ALONG, even if they get a free ride to the theatre.
RIDE ALONG also has a lot of PG-13 foul language and only some light morally uplifting content, so extreme caution is advised.
For the first 30 minutes, RIDE ALONG has a few laughs. There’s some nice chemistry between Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, who play the suitor and his would-be brother-in-law. However, the plot begins to mysteriously unravel from there, with the story becoming utterly generic and painful to watch. RIDE ALONG also has some tastelessly vulgar sexual humor and plenty of PG-13 foul language. So, extreme caution is advised.