A long time ago, back when the world was a saner place, I saw the first “Ride Along” in the theater. I didn’t care too much for the movie at the time. Come to think of it, I think I gave it a 4 out of 10 in my review.
But I have to admit that as time passed, I caught some of the movie on HBO, and I did find some parts of the movie, somewhat amusing the second time around.
However, just because my opinion had changed slightly, and a couple of parts in the original movie made me laugh, it didn’t mean I rushed out to see “Ride Along 2” when it came out last year. In fact, I completely forgot about it until recently when the wifey thought we should watch it on the HBO app.
I won’t bore you with all the plot details, suffice it to say that the sequel is basically the first movie all over again, except that this time it takes place in Miami, and there are two new characters. and we meet the villain in the first few minutes.
But all the stuff I hated from the first movie are back: Kevin Hart being loud; Ice Cube making his now famous angry face; stuff explodes for no particular reason; a good actor is wasted as a villain. It’s as if the filmmakers said “Let’s do the same thing we did before, but let’s take advantage of a bigger budget.”
The only good thing I can say about “Ride Along 2” is that at least this time, Kevin Hart and Ice Cube were assisted in their investigation by Olivia Munn. What’s funny is that she was the most believable cop in the movie. Not only that, but she has more screen time in “Ride Along 2” than she did in “X-Men: Apocalypse.” But even fellow geek Olivia Munn couldn’t save this disaster of a movie.
After 101 minutes of Kevin Hart screaming at the camera, I have to say “Ride Along 2” was an uninspired retread of the original. This sequel reached a new low bar for action/comedies. Let us just hope there isn’t a “Ride Along 3” anytime soon.
“Ride Along 2” score: D+
And the only reason it got a D+ was because of Olivia Munn.