Review

Kevin Hart is a fast talking American stand-up comic who has appeared over the last decade in mostly forgettable roles in films such as "Scary Movie 3", "Little Fockers" and "Fools Gold". Hardly a CV that points him out for great things. However he must have a guardian angel as someone thinks that this talentless so called actor can be the next Eddie Murphy. Recently appearing in the De Niro, Stallone film "Grudge Match" Hart now gets the lead role for the first time in "Ride Along".

For some inexplicable reason this by numbers buddy cop film stayed at number one at the US box office for three weeks. In its opening weekend it managed to rake in a January weekend record of $43 million. A sum that was three times greater than "Jack Ryan" took when it opened on the same weekend.

Hart plays Ben Barber, an Atlanta rent a-cop security guard who fancies himself as Dirty Harry thanks to the video games that he plays constantly. He has plans to join the police academy and propose to his girlfriend, Angela (Tika Sumpter). However before he does either he wants the blessings of Angela's brother, James (Ice Cube), himself an Atlanta cop. In an effort to get Ben to abandon both ideas and to test his mettle, James offers to take Ben along on a police ride along. The plan is for Ben to experience a bunch of humiliating junk calls, but instead, the two end up in the midst of a major crime bust.

"Ride Along", and I'm sure it's no coincidence, plays like a poor man's version of Eddie Murphy's break out comedy, "48hrs". Whereas Murphy's film had an excellent cast, most notably Nick Nolte as Murphy's partner, and Walter Hill, a director at the top of his game "Ride Along" has none of these. Instead director Tom Story, whose biggest success was the Fantastic Four films gives us a film that feels like it's been rushed together in order to cash in on Harts new found success. It's sloppily executed and feels like something that we've seen a hundred times before, "The Heat", "Cop Out" ,"Tango and Cash" being only three examples but I could go on and on.

"Ride Along" is not without its charm and there are a few laughs to be had as Hart plays his fish out of water character. Just don't expect too much for your money and most certainly don't think too hard about any of it.



Ride Along (12A)

1h 40m

Director: Tim Story
Starring: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, Bryan Cellan, Laurence Fishburn

UK Release: Friday 28th February 2014






Ride Along - "Ben Questions A Suspect's Younger Brother"

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