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Ride Along is not the best example of the cop buddy flick

click to enlarge Cube and Hart are the Chan and Tucker of 2014.
  • Cube and Hart are the Chan and Tucker of 2014.

This rote buddy-cop action comedy is instantly forgettable. We've seen it all before, and worse than that, we've seen it done far better in films ranging from last year's The Heat to '80s classics like Midnight Run and Lethal Weapon. Most of all, Ride Along seems struck from the same template that produced the Rush Hour series, which paired an all-business Jackie Chan with the live-wire Chris Tucker for comic effect. Substitute Ice Cube and Kevin Hart and you have the hoped-for birth of a new franchise: Ride Alo-o-o-o-ng.

James (Cube) is an undercover detective in the Atlanta Police Department who wears a permanent scowl. His lieutenant (Bruce McGill) gives him grief about his fruitless pursuit of a phantom criminal named Omar, and his sister Angela (Tika Sumpter) — his only living relative — wants to marry Ben (Hart), a videogame-playing joker he disapproves of. Ben works as a high school security guard but wants to become a police officer. Thinking it a sure way to dissuade Ben from police work, causing Angela to lose her respect for him, James has Ben ride along with him for a day on patrol — a day that he makes sure is filled with gnarly incidents.

Hart does his best to enliven the film with a motor-mouth routine that's bound to land some hits along with the misses. The only original element of the film (which had a committee of writers) comes from Ben's deep involvement in videogaming, which affords him some specialized knowledge in the heat of battle — though he's a nincompoop when it comes to handling a real gun with live ammo.

Tim Story previously directed Cube in Barbershop and Hart in Think Like a Man — both enormous successes. If he was hoping to double the success by partnering up these two, he's bound to be disappointed. Ride Along may post strong numbers during its initial release on this holiday weekend, but it's likely to run out of gas before long. ♦

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Ride Along
Rated PG-13 · 99 minutes · 2014
Official Site: www.ridealong.net
Director: Tim Story
Producer: Will Packer, Ice Cube, Matt Alvarez, Larry Brezner, Nicolas Stern, Ron Muhammad, Chris Bender and J.C. Spink
Cast: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, Bryan Callen, Laurence Fishburne, Dragos Bucur, Gary Owen, Jacob Latimore, Jay Pharoah and Benjamin Flores Jr.

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