Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.
When their new next-door neighbors turn out to be a sorority even more debaucherous than the fraternity previously living there, Mac and Kelly team with their former enemy, Teddy, to bring the girls down.
The RIDE ALONG 2 sequel picks up about a year after our heroes' last adventure. Plans for a quick trip to Miami go bad. With the wedding upcoming, 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-BS 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. Pope harbors a vicious streak and rules South Florida's drug trade. If Ben and James can convince the authorities that Pope is a brutal crime boss they'll stop his spree. If they fail, well there may not be a wedding after all. Written by
DeAlan Wilson www.ComedyE.com
The poster for this film is spoofed in the 2017 video game South Park: The Fractured But Whole. See more »
When Ben (Kevin Hart) is on the beach and following A.J's instruction, you can see him taking a can from the pyramid of cans on the booth counter, and in the next shot the can is spotted on the top of the pyramid again. See more »
At Saturdays, I'm responsible for providing for my wife. Professionally, sexually...
[his wife shows up in slutty police uniform with handcuffs]
Well, I'm not really worried about the last one.
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Rehashes a lot of what we saw in the first film, but it still contains some amusing moments
Mismatched Atlanta cops and soon to be brothers-in-law James Payton (Ice Cube) and Ben Barber (Kevin Hart) are back and this time Payton is on a case involving a wealthy businessman Antonio Pope (Benjamin Bratt) who he believes is involved in a major drug-trafficking operation. Payton is intent on cracking this case alone, but reluctantly agrees to take Barber along for the 'ride' to give his sister some space to make he final wedding arrangements. How will our 'chalk and cheese' duo face second time around?
In the first Ride Along film the plot was on the thin side and it was reliant upon Ice Cube and Kevin Hart's chemistry to make up for its rather generic story. It kind of worked in the first film and it kind of works in this film as well.
The main problem with this film is that it does rehash a lot of the jokes that we saw in the first film; the 'fish-out-of-water' stuff with Kevin Hart in the first film was quite funny - even though it did play out as a comedy version of Training Day. What you basically get in the sequel is the same thing which is still quite funny, but it doesn't feel quite as believable the second time around and it lacks the freshness of the first film - could Ben Barber still be this inept and did he not learn anything from the first film? This kind of lack of continuity does hurt the film slightly.
As with the first film, the plot is extremely thin and unfocused and our villain of the piece is given no real development. Like the first film, this felt like the slow-motion action sequences and computer animation were more important than the story itself - although I must confess that I thought that the computer animation sequences were a nice touch and were quite funny to watch.
Thankfully, the chemistry between Ice Cube and Kevin Hart is still as good as it was in the first film and this is probably the sole thing that makes this film watchable; they're both good in their roles and they seemed to have been injected with more likability second time around. I actually found Hart slightly less annoying in this film and think that he might be starting to grow on me. Benjamin Bratt was effective as the villain (considering he had very little to work with).
Whilst I didn't think Ride Along 2 was a brilliant film I have to say that I wasn't bowled over by the first film either and in my opinion Ride Along 2 is every bit as good or bad as the first film. If you liked the first film and don't mind watching another rehash then you should be fine with this sequel. It's watchable, providing you keep your expectations on the low side.
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