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Ride Along (2014)


More reasons as to why we shouldn’t trust our current police-force.

Ben (Kevin Hart) is a fast-talking, very eccentric and slightly goofy that longs for the day he gets his chance to be in the Police Academy. He thinks he is able to do so, all because of the constant video-games he plays on his XBOX, and also because his girlfriend’s brother, James (Ice Cube), also happens to be a cop, and a pretty bad-ass one at that. So if there’s any problems Ben may have, he can always count on his girl’s big bro. Then again though, no he can’t, considering that this said brother doesn’t particularly like Ben, nor even think he’s “man enough” to be the man who takes his baby sister’s hand in marriage. That’s when James gets the bright idea that he’s going to take Ben out on what the task-force calls a “ride along”l which means that the two are going to spend a whole day together where they try and solve crimes, maintain peace and basically, get done all the jobs a normal policeman would normally do. However, there is this case that’s been eating at James for quite some time and it’s starting to all make some sense to him now with Ben around, the only problem is that he may be a bit too in over his head.

Take last year’s the Heat, get rid of the two female leads, as well as their skin-color, and you have Ride Along.

Anybody else find it strange that a member of the NWA is now playing a loyal, by-the-numbers cop?

Anybody else find it strange that a member of the NWA is now playing a loyal, by-the-numbers cop?

And there you have it. That’s all there is to know about this movie and that’s all that you need to know, in order to judge whether or not you should see this flick. Personally, I like a good, old-fashioned, buddy-cop flick when it’s done right, and I thought that with the inclusion of both Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, that things would be a lot better.

However, they aren’t, they’re just mildly acceptable, which is fine, especially considering that we’re in the month of January and, as we all know, the movies released during this uneventful month usually suck terribly. While I definitely would like to say that this movie is “absolute garbage”, I can’t help but think that there were a few times that I actually laughed, and more often than not, had a nice, measly chuckle to go along with the fun as well. For me, that’s all I want in a comedy and if that’s good enough for me, then hell, I think it ought to be good enough for you.

But like I was saying before, this movie definitely isn’t great nor should it be recommended for those who are looking for something that’s going to re-invent the wheel, or even throw them a few surprises they weren’t expecting to see from something that looked as conventional as this. There are a whole bunch of twists concerning certain characters that are easy to pick out right from one of the movie’s earlier-shots; and hell, even the biggest surprise this movie may have had to offer (a cameo from a certain, well-known “someone”) is practically spoiled to us when we the person’s name pops-up in the opening-credits.

And aside from those issues, the plot doesn’t really make much of a difference, because even at an hour-and-40-minutes, the thing still does seem a bit long and lag very, VERY heavily in the middle. It actually lagged so much, that I caught myself dozing-off a few times and barely woke-up from my slumber, despite a crowd of 50-somethings laughing their assess off like hyena’s around me. Almost rarely ever happens to me, hence why I’ve took the time out of this review to make a very big note of it. May not happen to you out there, but it definitely happened to me and it reminds me why coffee comes in so much handy before these types of movies. That, or the fact that the movie itself that I am watching has to be even remotely entertaining.

I wonder why there's so much focus on these guys in the first--half of the movie............

I wonder why there’s so much focus on these guys throughout the movie…………

What’s strange though is that even though I did doze-off during this movie, which would usually kill any other one from getting even the slightest recommendation, this flick had just enough charm and energy about it to where I didn’t mind that it put me to sleep for, oh, I don’t know, say seven or eight minutes. Which means that most of the praise for this movie has to go to both Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, who seem to perfectly placed together as the type of buddy-cop duo we usually see. Cube is very stern, serious and dismissive most of the time; whereas Hart is wild, crazy, energetic, always able to have fun and even take some chances. Together, they make for a very entertaining dynamic, in which you can actually see Cube try his damn near-hardest not to crack a smile whenever Hart is around and doing his thing. And while Cube himself may not be acting his ass off or really lighting the screen-up with his charisma, he’s still fine keeping it as straight-laced as he can be, without ever seeming like a total square that doesn’t know how to have fun.

But as for Hart, the guy’s very fun to watch; although, I do have to admit that some of his screeching and hollering did get to the point of where it was over-bearing. In fact, he reminded me a lot of Chris Tucker in that way, but a lot smaller. And his size, as you could expect, does get a lot of jokes thrown at it from all ends, but Hart’s down with it enough to suck it up and let himself be on the butt-end of a joke. Actually, that’s how he practically is throughout this whole movie, constantly throwing himself everywhere and anywhere, desperately trying to get even the slightest hint of a chuckle out of the audience. Though some may see this as “annoying”, or “over-the-top”, it worked for me and showed me that when in doubt, just trust Kevin Hart to make some goofy, whiny noise to make you laugh. It may not always work and have you soiling your pants, but in the off-chance that it does work, you’ll laugh, you’ll hoot, you’ll holler and most of all, you’ll appreciate that there is a comedian like Kevin Hart out there who is more than willing to sacrifice life and limb for a laugh. Or, even a chuckle. He’ll take what he can get, run with it and leave us enjoying ourselves. True comedian, right there.

Consensus: Shouldn’t be your first, nor your second pick at the movies this weekend, but if worse comes to worse and you end up finding yourself sitting in the same theater that’s showing Ride Along, don’t be alarmed because it’s funny for what it is, without doing much else out-of-this-world. Aka, a typical January movie.

5 / 10 = Rental!!

He is from Philly, so the fact that he wouldn't be able to handle a gun correctly was just a totally unbelievable plot-point. At least for me it was.

Make a note that he knows how to hold that gun through “playing video-games”. Yup, definitely not a movie for the kids.

Photo’s Credit to: IMDBColliderJobloComingSoon.net

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31 responses to “Ride Along (2014)

  1. keith7198 January 18, 2014 at 3:40 am

    The TV spots for this thing drives me insane! It just looks freaking awful. I don’t see myself spending time on this thing. Good review. Actually a better score than expected.

  2. jjames36 January 18, 2014 at 3:46 am

    Sounds like pretty much what I expected it to be. I’m in no hurry to see this.

  3. Tom January 18, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Great review man, we’re going to have two very similar reviews and similar scores, though I might put it slightly above 50% b/c it really did surprise me having a few outrageously funny moments thanks to Kevin Hart here. Great point about that “certain someone’s” name being mentioned in the opening credits, talk about a spoiler alert! And glad to see you also sort of felt that Hart at times did get a little overbearing. He was a great energy all throughout, but yeah. He tried a little too hard here and there.

    • CMrok93 January 19, 2014 at 9:03 am

      He may have seemed like he was a bit too high on caffeine during some parts of this, but overall, he’s the only reason why I enjoyed myself here. Even in the slightest, measliest bit.

  4. thycriticman January 18, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I anticipated this not being very good from the first trailer I seen. Hart really seems like an actor who is funny, but tends to overkill things. And Cube, while I like the guy, always seems to be in these sort of roles. May catch it one day, but in no rush at all. I cannot remember the last time I fell asleep in a theater, so hearing that makes me even less interested.

  5. lukebbtt January 18, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Haha. They revealed the secret cameo in the opening credits! That is such a fail!

  6. Caroline Crow January 18, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Great review. I title this movie-“TBS – There is Nothing on TV.”

  7. mikeyb @ screenkicker January 18, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    I was onboard until you mentioned the name ‘Chris Tucker’, nnnnnoooooooo!!!!!!

  8. brikhaus January 18, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Watching this movie looks like pure punishment. I’m surprised you rated it as highly as you did. Your tolerance for crap must be quite high.

  9. Brittani January 18, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I love Kevin Hart, and I was kind of hoping this would be unexpectedly funny, then I realized it was rated PG-13, and you’re review pretty much sums it up. Dang!

  10. Whit's Movie Reviews January 18, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Your review was very funny! Probably funnier then the movie so I think I’ll skip it. Not a huge Hart fan. And I haven';t liked an Ice Cube movie since Boyz in the Hood. Nice review though.

  11. simondaniel27 January 19, 2014 at 2:58 am

    I wasn’t in a rush to see this one, even tough I like Hart and Cube, but like you said, they are movie rental funny.

  12. Hypersonic55 January 19, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Cool review yo, I’ve heard bad things about this film but the railer looked alright, might give it a watch if I’ve seen everything else in the cinema at that point in time.

  13. Joan Fuchsman January 20, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Although I laughed at the previews I thank you for seeing this so I don’t have to :-) I’ll wait for it to come to my television.

  14. thomasjford January 20, 2014 at 10:43 am

    This looks and sounds terrible. Not for me Dan!

  15. Nostra January 20, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Not out here yet, but already had decided that would be one to watch at home and not at the cinema. Your review confirms that. Btw, did you see when they were both on Conan and they all got in a car? It was very funny and you should check it out if you can.

  16. Mike's Cinema January 22, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    The trailers for this movie just screams rental, no more than a buck’s worth. I liked last year’s The Heat, its been awhile since we’ve had a decent buddy cop movie – even longer that we’ve seen one featuring two females as the leading cast. But from what I could tell in the trailer, Ride Along could actually be the worst buddy-cop flick I’ve ever seen.

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