Director: Tim Story

Writer: Greg Coolidge, Phil Hay, Jason Mantzoukas and Matt Manfredi

Cast: Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, John Leguizamo, Laurence Fishburne and Jay Pharoah

Studio: Universal

“Ride Along” is so cookie cutter. But, Rafi helped write it! It can’t be that bad! But, it is. A young man wants to marry his girl, but he feels the need to impress her brother. Naturally, Ice Cube takes him up on this thinly veiled sexist attempt to win approval over an independent woman. This leads to Kevin Hart pulling his best Chris Tucker, while a litany of supporting talent looks disappointed that they wasted their time. Still, the loudmouth from your office probably laughed his ass off during the entire thing.

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube don’t really work well together. Ice Cube has become a tired actor who skates by on his former street cred. Kevin Hart is so busy being manic and trying to become an A-list star that the end result is he becomes an obnoxious tool. Could he be hiding that one big breakout that cements him as a talent? Probably. I just haven’t seen it yet.

Films like these are a dime a dozen, but they’ll always turn a profit. A few weeks out, it’s not a shock that it’s still in the Top 10. People will re-watch and keep going to the same shit, if they love it and it gets them into a heated theater.  It’s the same strategy that homeless and destitute people use with the dwindling bookstore industry. Buy a newspaper, maybe a cup of coffee. Then, you don’t have to worry about losing your toes to frostbite. Sure, you’ve seen the same old shit before, but it gets you to a place of temporary comfort. That’s what “Ride Along” was to me. The cinematic equivalent of a bum creeping everyone out at the Barnes and Noble cafe.



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