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Ride Along (2014)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy  |  17 January 2014 (USA)
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Security guard Ben must prove himself to his girlfriend's brother, top cop James. He rides along James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Morris the Kid (as Benjamin 'Lil P-Nut' Flores)
Marko's Gunman
Eric Benson ...
Marko's Gunman
Anna House ...
Cafeteria Lady


Ben must prove he is good enough to date cop James' sister. By doing this he goes on a "Ride Along" to show that he is not weak and he will do whatever it takes to get James' approval but along the way runs into a few obstacles that he has to overcome in a very funny way. Written by kcquail

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Propose to this cop's sister? Rookie mistake.


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Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, sexual content and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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17 January 2014 (USA)  »

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Ilgas Pasivazinejimas  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$48,626,380 (USA) (17 January 2014)


$134,141,530 (USA) (11 April 2014)

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Did You Know?


When Ben threatens James in the weapons deal scene, in the warehouse, he says he's gonna execute him with the death of 1000 cuts, also known as "slow slicing". It was a form of torture and execution used in China from roughly AD 900 until it was banned in 1905. See more »


In the opening chase scene, the BMW's fuel door is open after the PIT maneuver, then closed when the car flips, and then open again when the car lands. See more »


James Payton: I tried to help you! You came to me and said, give me a date and show me what you got. I gave you a date. It's not good enough. So the answer to your question is, no. I do not give you my blessing.
Ben Barber: I don't need your blessing. This ain't Afghanistan. I'm not about to buy her with a goat. That girl loves me, man. That girl all of this. Breathe it in, 'cause it's in your face. I'm taking care of her, not you.
James Payton: You?
Ben Barber: Me.
James Payton: You can't even take care of yourself. You wouldn't last one day out here.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 16 January 2014 (2014) See more »


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Might Induce Car Sickness
22 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's said that January is known as a wasteland when it comes to film releases. Those "in the know" say that studios release films during this month that they have little or no hope for. That premise might be true or not, but when it comes to Ride Along, there might be some merit in that belief. Meant to be a comedic vehicle for Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, this police procedural is almost too hard to watch. It could've been a lot better.

Struggling every which way to get in the good graces of his girlfriend's brother, erstwhile police academy candidate Ben Barber (Hart) jumps at the chance to prove himself by accepting the challenge of riding shotgun for a day with vice detective James Payton (Ice Cube). Add Serbian gun runners, an underworld kingpin played by none other than Laurence Fishburne (Man Of Steel), and crooked cops as a subplot, and you have the makings of an interesting genre piece. In this case, more like just a piece.

Blame for this catastrophe lays at the feet of the screenwriters, all four of them. Why didn't they ask Kevin Hart (Real Husbands Of Hollywood), who right now is one of the funniest comedians working, to help with the script? Instead they come up with a hodgepodge of bits that aren't funny. One saving scene is when Barber pretends he is Omar (the Fishburne character). Tim Story (Fantastic Four, Think Like A Man) is a credible director, so who knows what he was thinking.

To be fair, Ride Along is not a complete waste of time. It's just unfortunate that with a cast the likes mentioned and John Leguizamo, the film failed to deliver. These actors deserved to be in a much better picture, not one that had potential. If you watch this movie, you"ll be taking a ride, but you might not like where you end up.


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