“Ride Along”

January 18th, 2014  |  Published in Recent Reviews

Ride Along Review Ride AlongTim Story’s “Ride Along” is an almost hood-like rendition of Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan’s “Rush Hour,” and just about every other cop comedy in existence with one influential difference-this film stars Kevin Hart. Immediately following the release of his stand up film “Let Me Explain” Hart is giving fans another opportunity to laugh at one of the most talented comics today (himself), in a new light.

Ben (Kevin Hart) a high school security officer of many years is eager to marry to love of his life, Angela (Tika Sumpter)-but first he must receive the blessing of her over protective brother and dark horse detective, James (Ice Cube). When Ben is accepted into the police academy James suggests that Ben accompany him on a ride along to prove that he is worthy of marrying his sister (mostly to scare him out of becoming a cop.) Many obnoxious dispatch calls later, the duo finds themselves in a firefight with a collection of criminals so large that it is difficult to keep track of who is who on screen.

“Ride Along” is exactly the type of film that one would expect it to be-cheap, raunchy, structurally shaky, mediocrely done, but contagiously funny. It contains enough humorous dialogue to keep one entertained for the entirety of the film and successfully excludes the “dramatic” scenes that films of this genre tend to include in order to add a sense of realism to their comedy. The film was intentionally sculpted as a goofy slapstick film, and was successful in that aspect.

I am sure that this film will resonate with anyone that enjoys a cheap laugh or Kevin Hart’s unique comedic aura. Although this film is not one that people will remember for ages to come due to its brilliant nature, “Ride Along” is most certainly a film that people should see and would be a good film to spend a friday night with when it is available for rental.

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