Ride Along 2 (3/10)
by Tony Medley
Runtime 101 minutes
Letís get to the positive. This is a comedy that contains no F bombs or
other guttural language favored by smutmeisters like Judd Apatow and
Seth Rogen, whose humor isnít funny, itís just the constant repetition
of vulgar language. So hurrah to director Tim Story and writers Phil Hay
and Matt Manfredi.
When I was 10 years old I thought that Jerry Lewis of Martin & Lewis was
the funniest thing ever. I couldnít wait to see them on the old Colgate
Comedy Hour on NBC. But when I see those old clips now, I can see why
Dean Martin couldnít wait to break away. Jerry wasnít funny; he was just
silly. And thatís the problem with Kevin Hart. I havenít seen his
standup but I have seen these two movies and his silliness is so
off-putting itís excruciating to sit through.
The idea is the same as the first one, Ben Barber (Hart) is engaged to
the sister of detective James Payton (Ice Cube). Whereas in the first
one he was a cop wannabe, here he has graduated from police academy and
is on a standard one year probation. Somehow he is assigned to Payton
and sent to Miami (from Atlanta) to investigate some bad guys.
Ben is just a pain in the butt, doing one stupid thing after another.
Worse, he never shuts up. There were people laughing at my screening,
but I canít help but believe they were shills because every time Ben
opens his mouth heís nothing but annoying.
Thatís too bad because this could have been a pretty good police story
of Payton tracking down bad guy Antonio Pope (Benjamin Bratt) who
everyone thinks is a pillar of society when heís actually a vicious
Ice Cube and Bratt give fine performances and the cinematography of
Miami is beautiful. Without Hart this would have been much more