Starring: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter
Directed by: Tim Story
Written By: Greg Coolidge, Jason Mantzoukas, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 39 min
How to bake a delicious Buddy cop movie.
Two or more cops with vastly different personalities. One must be the hard ass. One a wise ass. If you add more, go for stupid with a heart of gold e.g. 48 Hrs, The Heat, Lethal Weapon, Beverly Hills Cop 2.
A love interest. Either a developing one, or an ex from a failed relationship or loss of life e.g. Lethal Weapon 1, 2 (2 has both!)
A dangerous situation building to the bad guys ‘BIG DEAL’ e.g. Lethal Weapon 2, Beverly Hills Cop.
A notable car e.g. 48 Hrs, Beverly Hills Cop.
A commanding officer telling one or both of your heroes to ‘back off’ or ‘let it go!’ e.g. The Heat, Lethal Weapon, Beverly Hills Cop 1, 2.
Throw reality out of the window, and create a situation that couldn’t possibly happen in any real universe to get your two lead personalities to work together. Mix in your ‘BIG DEAL’ plot line, but make sure your heroes learn about it by accident, or through some thin, completely implausible and ridiculous lead or clue. For best results it helps if the least capable of your team makes the discovery. If you added a breathing love interest, make sure he or she becomes entangled in your convoluted plot somehow. If dead, make sure your villain or at least one of his minions had a hand in his or her demise. Stir in some commanding officer here and there, and bake for 90 to 120 minutes.
The key to a truly successful buddy cop movie production though is to make sure all of your ingredients are fresh and entertaining. That’s key. Unfortunately for Ride Along, the only really fresh ingredient was Kevin Hart.
If you keep your expectations low, there’s some enjoyment to be had here. Kevin Hart is the single best reason to see this film. If you’re aware of his comedy and like it, you should find this entertaining. Just don’t go into this expecting any kind of plausible plot or character development.
This isn’t a big visual spectacle, and you’ll likely enjoy this just as much over your preferred streaming service on any device you like.
Funniest moment for me: << spoiler >>
When Ben Barder (Kevin Hart) realizes he’s been shot. His reaction is pretty priceless. The visit to the hospital and his medicated moments are pretty funny too.