Kevin Hart is on a career high in both his stand-up comedy and his film work. When he teamed up with Ice Cube for the 2014 comedy Ride Along it was no surprise that they hit a homerun. With its success it came as no surprise that they are now back for the aptly titled Ride Along 2 and with new additions including Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt and Olivia Munn could this be another hit or will this be the end of the brothers in law?
Ride Along 2 follows a year after the previous film where 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 detective 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. While this latest entry is no doubt entertaining it does feel a bit forced at times. The first film set up a great premise for the characters to play off of, but here it often feels as though they are just rehashing some of the same jokes. Make no mistake Kevin Hart and Ice Cube are great and still have great chemistry, but the story just feels like they were afraid to take it to the next level and ended up repeating itself at times. That being said the film still works to entertain and will no doubt work for hardcore fans of either of them. The new members of the cast do a good job with Munn basically playing a female version of Cube and giving him someone to relate to. Ken Jeong brings some decent laughs, but is surprisingly toned down more so than his normal personas. The story is there and in fact not only sets up another place for them to take the laughs and action, but also manages to cap off the story, but wish they had allowed it to be fleshed out and more organic than it was.
There is plenty of action and laughs along the way, but as a whole this movie fails to work as well as the first film. Had they taken their dynamic used it to create a new direction of the series then they would have had gold, but the rehashing of the same thing makes it fall short. Thankfully you still have the greatness of Cube and Hart together that does make it worth checking out if you enjoyed the first or just dig either of them. In addition to the film this release features tons of bonus features including deleted scenes, gag reel, and numerous featurettes that take you further behind the making of the film.
Get back on the case with the brothers in law when Ride Along 2 hits Blu-ray and DVD on April 26th as well as Digital HD available now from Universal Home Entertainment.