Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.
Ben must prove he is good enough to date cop James' sister. By doing this he goes on a "Ride Along" to show that he is not weak and he will do whatever it takes to get James' approval but along the way runs into a few obstacles that he has to overcome in a very funny way.Written by
When Ben is surrounded by the group of bikers he quotes multiple lines from Denzel Washington's speech in Training Day (2001), such as his line about playing basketball in Pelican Bay. This is one of many references to Training Day made throughout the film. See more »
At the farmers' market, the suspect covers himself in honey, clearly emptying the bottle. In a cut shot a moment later, he's holding a full bottle of honey, which is empty again in the next shot. See more »
I picture you with somebody with a little more prestige. Somebody who plays for the Falcons or the Braves, or the even the Hawks. Not with the mascot.
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There's a scene halfway through the end credits: During a barbecue, James tries to stop Ben from turning on the grill (to avoid what happened the last time). See more »
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Written by Bobby Bishop, Chantha Luk, Ildefonso Silva, Efrain Lopez, Jorge Almodovar
Performed by DJ Morphiziz
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Hart gets to do what Hart does best
Ride Along with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube isn't reinventing the game but Hart is hilarious and worth the watch.
Ben is trying to win over his girlfriend's brother James, so James invites him on a 24 hour Ride Along patrol. Ben thinks it's to get to know him but James is really trying to scare him away.
Technically speaking the plot is about how Ben interferes while James tries to capture a leader of a crime syndicate Omar while on the ride along. Really the ride along is just excuse for insane situations to occur within that setting.
Long term this movie will probably be pretty forgettable. As a comedy it is consistently funny and reminiscent of old school improv riffs with the antagonizing eccentric and the straight man. Kevin Hart gets to be absolutely ridiculous, per the usual as Ben: running his mouth, acting a fool, letting self deprecating jokes happen at his expense. I'm a huge fan of the character Kevin Hart has created – while it is the same in every movie it is enjoyable in every movie. Ice Cube is a good polarity as James to Hart's Ben. His smile muscles might be broken. At times he might even be too serious detracting from the chemistry of the duo.
The situations these temporary partners get into are random and feel like filler but are funny comedy routines and I'm glad they are still in the film. In an ideal world the writers would've cleaned up the script for a more believable story. Despite this Ride Along is definitely worth the rental just for Hart's antics.
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