Director Tim Story released his ninth movie Jan. 17 starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in ‘Ride Along’.
The storyline was shallow to say the least, but the comedic performance of Kevin Hart and the balancing act of Ice Cube was entertaining.
The overall funny aesthetic and genre of the movie is based entirely around the fast-talking comedic performance of none other than Kevin Hart, as Ben Barber. However, I felt the storyline and depth of the movie to be very predictable.
Hart’s character is a high energy high school security guard whose ambitions are to one day join the Atlanta Police Department (APD).
In order for Barber to show he is worthy of marrying his fiancé Angela, Tiki Sumpter, he must first receive the blessing of her brother James played by Ice Cube.
Ice Cube, as James Payton, brings his usual hot tempered performance as an already distinguished hard knox APD detective.
Payton offers to take Ben on a 24-hour ride along through the treacherous streets of Atlanta to show his worth. Ben’s actual police experience prior to the ride along is limited to online first-person-shooter video games and patrolling high school students at his job, hence why James doesn’t believe Ben’s a suitable future-in-law.
He arranges a day filled with routine, annoying, police calls in an effort to bore Ben senseless while testing his patience.
First the duo arrives at a biker bar where numerous bikers have parked illegally in a red zone outside of the pub. Ben’s first task is to simply ask the biker gang to move their bikes from the red zone.
This simple task turns into the whole gang surrounding Ben in an effort to intimidate him off the property. After being picked up off the ground and nearly beaten up, James steps in to save the day.
James then proves his low opinion of Ben once again by asking him to confront the little brother of a known informant about his whereabouts as his second simple task.
The situation ends up as a standoff argument between the grown man and this little boy. The child screams out loud that Ben is touching him inappropriately which causes a mob of people to circle Ben. He ends up running out of the park after almost being beat up for the second time by a mob in one day.
Ben, determined not to give up, asks James for one more chance to prove his worth.
James gets a call about a disturbance in a local grocery store, which is pre-arranged between him and a police buddy acting as a belligerent drunk on a rampage in the store in his underwear covered in honey. Ben try’s tackling the pre-planned assailant but gets choked out before being saved by James once again.
The conclusion of the film almost seemed inevitable and obvious. It really wasn’t much of a movie as much as it was short skits of stand-up comedy.