As his wedding day approaches, Ben heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James to bring down a drug dealer who’s supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product.
I’m a big fan of Kevin Hart. I mean, who isn’t? Okay, there might be some people who don’t because of his constant yelling and the short jokes he makes about himself can only go so far, but just put those feelings aside and just roll with it. Kevin Hart (Ben Barber) and Ice Cube (James Payton) reprise their roles in Ride Along 2 along with Tika Sumpter (Angela Payton), but there was certainly some fresh blood including Olivia Munn (Maya), Ken Jeong (A.J.) and Benjamin Bratt (Antonio Pope). Now to be fair, Ride Along wasn’t a hilarious film. It had its moments and overall, it was a decent film. I guess decent enough it warrants a sequel, right? Well, Ride Along 2 is only slightly better.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s certainly some laughs in Ride Along 2, but it doesn’t really go above and beyond. There were some jokes that fell flat and you know they were expecting some laughs, but my theatre certainly wasn’t putting out. At times, it felt like Ice Cube was just there for the pay day and while Kevin Hart is known to be a hard working guy, a lot of his stuff just felt forced. As for the other characters, everything was just off. There’s no denying Olivia Munn of her beauty, but she didn’t come off as natural. It was almost like she wasn’t comfortable. Ken Jeong was definitely not himself. There were barely any funny moments out of him. As for Benjamin Bratt, this guy might be one of the top 5 best villains. You know, those guys that only play the villain part? I’ve always enjoyed him and for 52 years old, he’s still got it and certainly does not look his age. The action in the film was actually enjoyable, but that was also limited. As for the storyline, it was your basic, predictable storyline that had no surprises.
While it seems like I’ve just been bringing up negatives, well, it still doesn’t mean it’s a bad film. It’s slightly better than the first film and the first film was decent. I simply just wanted more. It will still be a hit at the box office, but here’s hoping they don’t make a third film.
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