Ride Along: Review

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Seeking the approval of his girlfriends cop brother, security guard Ben Barber agrees to a 24 hour patrol of the city.

The first thing you should know about Ride Along is that it has four credited writers, all of which should be forced to go back to writing class after this disaster of a film. I mean really? Four writers and this is the best you can come up with?

I’d heard plenty of bad things about this before going into my very busy, very loud screening but still hoped it would be a passable buddy-cop movie. It’s not; and if anything acts as one of the final nails in the coffin of the buddy-cop genre.

It’s not very funny at all, and the funny moments have already been played to death in the trailers. On top of this, the action element is non-existent through much of the film and proves anti-climatic when it makes a fleeting appearance.

Where the film does succeed is in getting me to empathise with Ice Cube’s character because I found Kevin Hart to be just as annoying as he does through the film. Ice Cube is fine and does the tough cop thing well but Kevin Hart, who irritated me massively in Grudge Match, irritates me even more here and if I don’t get to see another film with him in again this year I’ll be a very happy man.

All of this said, it has packed out cinemas both here and in the States, and the audience I saw this with absolutely loved it. They laughed to the point where they were slapping their knees, cheered and even clapped; whereas I couldn’t wait to get out of there.

At just over an hour and a half run time, Ride Along feels a lot longer than it should. I found it to be dull after about twenty minutes and devoid of any real comedy or action which for an action-comedy is sort of a must.



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