Bad-ass rapper turned actor Ice Cube and comedian Kevin Hart are back with a second instalment of this action/comedy/romance-packed movie, directed by Tim Story and written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi.
The two superstars are joined by some big names this time such as the incredibly funny Ken Jeong, who plays the Hacker A.J, Benjamin Bratt, who plays the very attractive crime lord Antonio Pope, and Oliva Munn, who plays Detective Maya Cruz.
The plot is almost identical to the first Ride Along, in that the Ben Barber (Hart), a security guard turned rookie cop, is still out to prove his worth to soon to be brother in law James Payton (Cube), the hard-assed detective, whose sister Angela (Tika Sumpter) is making the mistake of marrying Barber.
To teach him a lesson, Payton decides to allow this buffoon Barber to tag along with him to Miami to track drug lord Antonio Pope.
While Payton believes this is the trip he can get rid of Barber once and for a all, Barber believes this is the chance he gets to show everyone he’s got the stuff.
Despite the similar plot, Ride Along 2 managed to knock Star Wars off the number one spot at the Box Office (Jan 15-17) and grossed $49.9 million in North America and $52.7 million worldwide, against a budget of $40 million.
The hot and cold relationship between Barber and Payton was over done and felt like a recycled script of the first Ride Along.
It did have the odd occasional laugh but not enough to say it was a great movie.
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