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Ride Along (2014)

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Security guard Ben must prove himself to his girlfriend's brother, top police officer James. He rides along James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta.

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Tim Story

Writers:

Greg Coolidge (screenplay), Jason Mantzoukas (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ice Cube ... James Payton
Kevin Hart ... Ben Barber
John Leguizamo ... Santiago
Bruce McGill ... Lt. Brooks
Tika Sumpter ... Angela Payton
Bryan Callen ... Miggs
Laurence Fishburne ... Omar
Dragos Bucur ... Marko
Gary Owen ... Crazy Cody
Jacob Latimore ... Ramon
Jay Pharoah ... Runflat
Benjamin Flores Jr. ... Morris the Kid (as Benjamin 'Lil P-Nut' Flores)
Greg Rementer ... Marko's Gunman
Eric Benson Eric Benson ... Marko's Gunman
Anna House Anna House ... Cafeteria Lady
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Storyline

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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Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Ukrainian

Release Date:

17 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mise à l'épreuve See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,237,000, 19 January 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$134,938,200

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$153,997,819
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Wilhelm Scream: When Angela stops Ben from playing the shooter game, and his character gets shot. See more »

Goofs

When Ben is grounded and is sitting in the back seat of James' car, James is not wearing a seat belt. A short while later when he stops the car, he is wearing a seat belt. See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

There's a scene halfway through the end credits: During a barbecue, James tries to stop Ben from turning on the grill (to avoid what happened the last time). See more »

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Featured in The Mask You Live In (2015) See more »

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Written by B.o.B. (as Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr.), 2 Chainz (as Tauheed Epps), DJ Mustard (as Dijon McFarlane), Mistah F.A.B. (as Stanley Cox), Ty Dolla $ign (as Tyrone Griffin, Jr.), Mikely Adam, Clarence Montgomery III
Performed by B.o.B. (as B.o.B) feat. 2 Chainz
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
2 Chainz appears courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
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Might Induce Car Sickness
22 January 2014 | by MediaPantherSee 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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