Watch Ride Along Online Full Free Movie Megashare Streaming in HD or Get Ride Along Movie Download Will this be it? Without getting expectations too high, I wouldn’t be shocked if this one crushes Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit over the Martin Luther King Day weekend. A $40m four-day debut wouldn’t shock me, but $20m is fine too. Ice Cube is a relatively consistent draw and/or added-value player for over twenty years, in everything from Friday to Anaconda to Three Kings to Barbershop to Are We There Yet?. It’s a potent combination, especially in a rather conventional action comedy with an easy premise to sell (the tagline says it all). The obvious comparisons are Rush Hour and 48 Hrs, with Mr. Hart hoping to become the “next Chris Tucker”.
Whether or not Ride Along leads to bigger and better things, it still stands out as yet another reasonably-budgeted genre entry that happens to be African-American-centric. But I would frankly be shocked if this isn’t the start of a new buddy-cop franchise and that the film isn’t seen as the proverbial coronation of Kevin Hart’s stardom. Comedy, by virtue of its relative inexpensiveness, is perhaps the last place where a movie star on the poster is enough to make a hit. And Kevin Hart is probably about to become the newest “face on the poster” comic movie star.
Tim Story’s Ride Along is funny. I did in-fact laugh relatively regularly during its 100-minute running time. But that the film, even a straight comedy, is funny does not mean it is good. And Ride Along suffers from a weak screenplay credited to four screenwriters yet remains mired in cliché and convention and a lack of focus. For those who merely want to be amused by Kevin Hart’s comic antics and Ice Cube’s slow burn reactions, you’ll arguably get your money’s worth. But just because I laughed doesn’t mean Ride Along is a good movie.
The picture starts on a promising note, with one of those humorously cheap action sequences that often open films that aren’t expensive enough to be out-and-out action pictures. Kevin Hart gets a charming establishing scene as he convinces a potentially troubled youth to stay in school, after which it’s off-to-the-races. In short, Hart is planning on proposing to his longtime girlfriend (Tika Sumpter, utterly wasted) but requires the blessing of her overprotective older brother (Ice Cube). After hearing that Hart has been accepted into the police academy, Cube takes his would-be brother-in-law on a “ride along”.
What follows is a predictable serious of would-be comic adventures, as the duo go from one wacky crime scene to another with predictably slapstick results. To the surprise of no one, the ride-along, an attempt to scare Hart away from the police force and away from Cube’s sister, eventually dovetails into a serious investigation. There is a constant push-pull over whether Hart should be the comic force of nature or the reactor to wackiness around him, and the film never commits to either direction. The picture works better when it’s deep in crime-solving mode, if only because we get to see the likes of Bruce McGill and John Leguizamo.
The back-and-forth between Hart and Cube is amusing, but the sequences of Hart attempting to act like a cop strain the suspension of disbelief to the point of negating the relationships. Hart simply puts strained comedy ahead of narrative logic, even when having him succeed or fail in a more plausible manner would be even funnier. This is especially true in a second-act face-off in a strip club (yup, it’s that kind of movie, complete with PG-13 nudity but crying strippers held at gunpoint) where by all-rights Hart should have been killed instantly. More amusing is Hart’s attempt to interrogate a small child, since it’s funny while seeming to take place in the real world.