Ice Cube and Kevin Hart re-team, and add Ken Jeong to their ranks, in this tired, witless and potentially lucrative sequel.
The RIDE ALONG 2 sequel picks up about a year after our heroes’ last adventure. Plans for a quick trip to Miami go bad. With the wedding upcoming, James reluctantly takes Ben with him to Miami to follow up on a lead connected to a drug-ring case he’s been trying to crack. In Miami, they meet Maya, a no-b.s homicide who lets them know, Miami is her turf. They also encounter AJ a shady, cocky computer hacker who reveals evidence that implicates a well- respected local businessman, the wealthy Antonio Pope, who harbors a vicious streak and rules South Florida’s drug trade. If Ben and James can convince the authorities that Pope is a brutal crime boss they’ll stop his spree. If they fail, well there may not be a wedding after all.
This time around Kevin Hart’s charter, Ben is a full fledged police officer (in training), who tags along with his future brother-in-law James from Atlanta to Miami to question a suspect.
Though Kevin Hart seems more outrageous in this film as he gets down with some serious slapstick, he is not as funny as he could be. This is a huge problem for Ice Cube’s perfect straight man persona who has no real material to bounce off of.
It’s even sadder that they have Ken Jeong in the picture and did nothing with it. You’d expect some real good laughs when Jeong and Hart get together in a scene. It happened but just lesser than expected. No real hard jokes but the pun is on the viewers, if you have a very high comedy appetite, you might want to pass. On the other hand, if are as addictive as most comic lovers who would laugh at a good joke, then you will like it.
New characters played by Oliva Munn and Benjamin Bratt were good seasoning on the franchise. The producers might want to proof Hart’s material for the next release ( if any) just to keep the fans. He must come up with fresh material than his side kick mimic acts.
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