Directed by: Tim Story
If you are in the mood for a laugh-out-loud, very funny, buddy cop flick, then you need to check out Ride Along. This hilarious tale tells the story of Ben Barber (Hart) who has been dating Angela Payton (Sumpter) and wants to ask for her hand in marriage, but first must win over the respect of her brother, James (Ice Cube), which simply isn’t as easy as it may sound. You see, Ben is a high school security guard (who wants to enter the police academy), and James 9s a hard-boiled detective on the Atlanta police force, who doesn’t a) like Ben, and b) is overlyu protective of his sister.
So, for the past two years, Ben has been trying to show decorated Atlanta detective James that he (Ben) is more than just a video-game junkie who’s unworthy of James’ sister, Angela. When Ben finally gets accepted into the academy, he thinks he’s earned the seasoned cop’s respect and asks for his blessing to marry Angela. Only James still isn’t convinced, so he challenges Ben to come for a ride along to prove himself worthy. Knowing that a ride along will demonstrate if Ben has what it takes to take care of his sister, James invites him on a shift designed to scare the crap out of the trainee.
However, James is also tracking a hardened criminal named Omar (Laurence Fishburne), who is looking to become the kingpin of the city, so when the wild night leads them to this most notorious criminal the city has to offer, James will come to find that his new partner’s rapid-fire mouth is just as dangerous as the bullets speeding at it. Coming off the hit Grudge Match, Hart delivers another sure-fire performance when paired up with the always watchable Ice Cube.
The film works quite well with these two actors and their disparate acting styles so if you are looking for a good time out, then you will certainly want to chedk out this very funny film.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.