Hot Take: Right now, the careers of Kevin Hart and Ice Cube are hot… but so is hell and I don’t know too many people lining up to visit for 2 hours. It should have to pay royalties to every buddy cop movie it borrowed from and apologize for how poorly it was done. If you loved Ride Along, go watch Ride Along again! Skip Ride Along 2. (You’ll thank me!)
What suffers from an overly revealing trailer, sequel fatigue and unoriginality? Ride Along 2! Sorry Kevin Hart and Ice Cube but this is not the movie your pairing was looking for. After the huge success of Ride Along in a month where even moderate success is celebrated, the studio had no choice. So it ran every buddy cop comedy through the copier and out came Ride Along 2. To ensure stale freshness, it added a mixture of Ken Jeong’s roles and Benjamin Bratt’s bad guy character.
If you can’t get enough of Kevin Hart’s hyperactive nonsensical babble, Ice Cube’s stone faced growling and grumbling and a lot of unnecessary shooting and violence, stop reading right now and go see Ride Along 2! Otherwise, stay home.
“Spoiler Free” Pros
- The Soundtrack Hits The Last Few Decades
For purely nostalgic reasons, the soundtrack is solid. Look, I’m grasping at straws here.
- OK, The Cell Phone Ring Tone Joke Is Funny
There was one memorable funny joke for me. That was it.
- Ride Along 2 Provides the Answer To Trivia
What movie relinquished Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the top spot at the box office?
“Spoiler Free” Cons
- Everything But the Banana In the Tailpipe
From Bad Boys to Beverly Hill Cop to Rush Hour, you’ll be reminded of many previous movies when watching Ride Along 2.
- A Huge Opening Weekend
… Which probably means the brothers-in-law will be back again!