Ride Along (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Kevin Hart's livewire presence gives Ride Along a shot of necessary energy, but it isn't enough to rescue this would-be comedy from the buddy-cop doldrums.

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Kevin Hart and Ice Cube lead the lineup in Ride Along, the new film from the director and the producer of the blockbuster comedy Think Like a Man. When a fast-talking guy joins his girlfriend's brother-a hot-tempered cop-to patrol the streets of Atlanta, he gets entangled in the officer's latest case. Now, in order to prove that he deserves his future bride, he must survive the most insane 24 hours of his life. For the past two years, high-school security guard Ben (Hart) has been trying to show decorated APD detective James (Cube) that he's more than just a video-game junkie who's unworthy of James' sister, Angela (Tika Sumpter). When Ben finally gets accepted into the academy, he thinks he's earned the seasoned policeman's respect and asks for his blessing to marry Angela. Knowing that a ride along will demonstrate if Ben has what it takes to take care of his sister, James invites him on a shift designed to scare the hell out of the trainee. But when the wild night leads them to the most notorious criminal in the city, James will find that his new partner's rapid-fire mouth is just as dangerous as the bullets speeding at it. John Leguizamo and Laurence Fishburne join the cast of the action-comedy directed by Tim Story. Ride Along is produced by Will Packer (Think Like a Man), alongside Ice Cube, Matt Alvarez (Barbershop) and Larry Brezner (Good Morning, Vietnam). (C) Universal
Rating:
PG-13 (for sequences of violence, sexual content and brief strong language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy
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Cast

Ice Cube
as James
John Leguizamo
as Santiago
Bruce McGill
as Lt. Brooks
Tika Sumpter
as Angela Payton
Gary Owen
as Crazy Cody
Jay Pharoah
as Runflat
Eric Benson
as Marko's Gunmen
Greg Rementer
as Marko's Gunmen
Anna House
as Cafeteria Lady
Jasmine Burke
as Dispatcher Gina
Julie Gribble
as Waiver Officer
John Kaplan
as Bearded Biker
Anona Tolar
as Biker's Wife
Dwayne Brown
as Angry Car Owner
Louanne LaFortune
as Gun Shop Val
Keith Walters
as Shotgun Shooter
James Logan
as Pawn Shop Owner
Eric Chase Anderson
as Market Cashier
Angie Stone
as Market Shopper
Emmanuel Hudson
as Market Shopper
Kenny Alfonso
as Strip Club Manager
Phillip DeVona
as Tweaker
Omari Wallace
as Tweaker
Thida Penn
as Hostage
Aaron Saxton
as Roberto
Mark Hicks
as Gang Lieutenant
Joseph Williams
as Omar Gangster
William Neenan
as Serbian Boss
Eric Lee Goins
as Assface23
Lucius Baston
as Ballsdeep23
Drew Goin
as Suds31
Elle Duncan
as News Reporter
Gary Weeks (II)
as Dr. Cowan
Jeff Rose
as Medic Jeffrey
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Critic Reviews for Ride Along

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (39)

Nothing in the movie makes sense, but I prefer to think that "Ride Along" is just a badly told joke, rather than an insult to its audience.

Full Review… | September 22, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Ride Along is saddled with an uninvolving plot, and largely content to coast on cop-movie clichés.

Full Review… | February 24, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

The most truthful answer is friendly but unexciting: They're OK. They're pretty good.

Full Review… | February 4, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

As a comedian [Hart] has been begging for Hollywood's attention for five years. He has it now, but you've got to believe he can do better than this.

Full Review… | February 3, 2014
Grantland
Top Critic

This routine buddy picture offers plenty of instant gratification (Cube and Hart are easygoing screen presences, and many of their one-liners are funny) but shows little concern for characterization, storytelling, or even comic pacing.

Full Review… | January 23, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This is a live-action cartoon.

Full Review… | January 21, 2014
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ride Along

½

2014 may be Kevin Hart's year when it comes to comedy. He has been fantastic. Between "Grudge Match"(which was technically a Dec '13), "About Last Night" and now "Ride Along" the guy is on a tear. He is hilarious, and probably the most consistently funny comedian working today. Even if he plays the same character in all his movies, it's a very funny character. He and Ice Cube play off each other very well, and I'm sure there will be some sequels. Hopefully they will be just as funny, which I'm sure they will be. This is one of the funniest buddy cop movies to come out in a while, that at times is cliched, but Hart makes it work. If you don't like Hart,. then this isn't for you. But if you are a Kevin Hart fan, then I don't know how you can't like this movie. May not be something that will be considered a classic or anything, but definitely still worth a watch for some laughs.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

½

I swear all the funny scenes were in the trailer, it was funny in some scenes but Ice Cube is hit or miss in his methods to be funny or play straight. Kevin Hart was funny in a few scenes but unfortunately whatever energy and enthusiasm he had was not in anything else, probably due to the lack of chemistry between him and Cube and the director most certainly forgot to add any energy or fun to keep it entertaining

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

An average cop comedy, your taken on an amusing ride along nothing more nothing less.

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