The original Ride Along smoothed over some of its many inconsistencies with the chemistry between its two leads; RIDE ALONG 2 doubles down on this formula, but it's wearing thin. Watching Hart and Cube develop into possible brothers-in-law in the first movie was reason enough to, yes, ride along with the thin plot. But this time around, Hart's Ben Barber doesn't seem to have gained any competency -- which would be fine, except the film relies on this cliche too many times. (Nonetheless, Hart still manages to squeeze some laughs out of the passable script.)
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube lead the returning lineup of Ride Along 2, the sequel to the blockbuster action-comedy that gave us 2014's most popular comedy duo. Joining the duo for the next chapter of the series are director Tim Story, as well as Ice Cube's fellow producers, Will Packer, Matt Alvarez and Larry Brezner, who will produce alongside Cube. The rest of the cast includes Olivia Munn, Ken Jeong, Nadine Velazquez and Tika Sumpter.
The original Ride Along opened in early 2014 and was a smash hit, solidifying Ice Cube and Kevin Hart as a new comedy duo not to be tangled with. The film pulled in a healthy $134.9 million from a low $25 budget. A sequel was announced almost immediately, and will be released only a short two years later. Take a look at this latest footage, which features a hilarious scene involving Kevin Hart and a ceiling fan, along with more insight into the story this latest adventure is setting out to tell.
Meanwhile in Atlanta, James is with his partner Detective Mayfield as they go to infiltrate a vehicle meet to find an infamous drug dealer named Troy. Ben, fresh out the academy, is eager to get in on the action, but James has him staying on the radio. James gets close enough to Troy, but Troy pulls a gun on him. Ben sees this over the camera and sneaks out to help. He rides into the meet in a showy car with hydraulics and draws unwanted attention to himself. He threatens Troy by acting tough dancing only to drop his badge in front of the crook. Then within seconds a brief shootout occurs leading to a random plan \"B\" with Mayfield getting shot and Troy making his escape. James and Ben go after him, with Ben nearly getting himself run over, though James follows Troy long enough until Troy drives out of a parking garage and onto another car. James then captures Troy and removes a necklace he was wearing which was also a flash drive.
Ben realizes he kept A.J.'s phone on him, so they find his girlfriend Tasha to get a lead on his whereabouts. Ben convinces Tasha to spill the beans when he shows her that he's been hooking up with other women and given them unique ringtones, while Tasha is left with the generic Apple ringtone. The guys locate A.J. once more and bring him in on the investigation. He reveals to the team that Pope is the real crook, despite him having a public image as an entrepreneur working alongside the new port commissioner Nunez. The team is at the home of Maya's friend/associate Alonso, whom Ben accidentally shoots after getting scared. Despite getting shot, Alonso backs up A.J.'s word that Pope is a crook.
James and Ben are off the hook for taking down Pope and Nunez and being commended for their services. They drive home in a yellow Lamborghini that Maya got for them to drive back to Atlanta for the wedding, with James asking Maya to be his date. Ben and Angela are married and are ready to go off on a boat ride, but Ben wants James to make a speech. Reluctantly, James speaks and says that while Ben has gotten him into a lot of trouble since meeting him, he has also saved his life, has made Angela very happy, and has helped James grow into a better man and cop. He finally accepts Ben as his new family. Ben and Angela then go on their boat ride, but Ben gets distracted and is thrown out the boat when he rides over a bump. He is then dragged through the water by a rope as Angela tries to stop the boat, all while James laughs at this.
Unless I missed one or two (always possible, that's what the comments section is for), that's pretty much it. For the record, if you count Alien Vs. Predator as its own franchise, then Paul W.S. Anderson has three franchises along with Mortal Kombat and the Resident Evil series. I don't, so he doesn't, but I can't imagine he won't spawn another theatrical B-movie franchise at some point in his busy career. There are plenty of directors (Andrew Davis, Rob Cohen, George Lucas, John Carpenter, etc.) who have two franchises to their name, but only a handful can boast three or more. Whether or not this distinction makes a given filmmaker part of an elite group or merely beneficiaries of random happenstance is up to you.
Ride Along 2 takes place a while after the first movie. Ben Barber (Hart) is getting ready to marry Angela (Tika Sumpter). Ben has graduated from the police academy but is still looking for a chance to prove himself to his brother-in-law James (Cube) and the rest of the force. James heads to Miami to follow a lead on a major drug-dealer and reluctantly takes Ben along with him. With the help of a deviant hacker named A.J. (Ken Jeong) and Miami detective Maya (Olivia Munn), the brothers-in-law set out to crack their biggest case yet. 59ce067264