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Ride Along (2014)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 17 January 2014 (USA)
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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

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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.

Genres:

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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Second film to star John Leguizamo and Laurence Fishburne. The first being Assault on Precinct 13 (2005). See more »

Goofs

The Skullcandy SLYR headset which Ben is seen wearing wirelessly, is not a wireless headset. See more »

Quotes

James Payton: How you know about Omar?
Ben Barber: I overheard you guys talking at the station. So, what's this Omar guy look like? Does he have a scar and everything?
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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 »


Soundtracks

I Wanna Get Next To You
Written by Norman Whitfield
Performed by Rose Royce
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A Not Great, but Enjoyable Ride
16 January 2014 | by didonatopeSee all my reviews

Fresh off of his hit stand-up comedy film, "Let Me Explain," Kevin Hart returns to the big screen with "Ride Along." While it may be far from the most memorable comedy, I can't help but admit I enjoyed sitting through it.

Kevin Hart plays Ben, an eccentric man who wants to marry the love of his life, Angela (played by Tika Sumpter). Before he does, he seeks to get the blessing of her brother James (played by Ice Cube), a tough, loose cannon cop. In order to prove he's worthy of marrying James' sister, Ben must join James on a day on his job as an officer. Eventually, the two get wrapped up in a case neither of them were expecting.

As expected, the film plays out like a typical buddy-cop comedy: a cop teams up with someone he doesn't like or agree with and the two have to attempt to get along. While this basic plot line has indeed been done to death, this film makes the fortunate decision to skip out on many movie clichés. There is no third-act-breakup, no mopey montage, and no "you're off the case" or "you're fired" scene. While a lack of these clichés does hamper the conflict, it is quite refreshing to see them absent from the film. On the other hand, the script lends itself to other flaws. Several scenes seem to be included for the sole purpose of filling time (such as a random cameo by Jacob Latimore that amounts to nothing). Moreover, the story can be very predictable at time, even with a couple of random and nonsensical plot twists thrown in. Still though, there is a lot of good to this film.

The dialogue, while far from quotable, is consistently funny and is almost guaranteed to keep the theater laughing. The jokes are delivered on a regular basis and never stray too far into campy or mean-spirited territory. Unlike films like "Identity Thief" and "A Madea Christmas," the tone of the film never strays from a comedic romp and always keeps the laughs coming.

Kevin Hart's performance itself is arguably worth the price of admission. Hart's lines are delivered with the impression that he is enjoying making this movie, and his high-energy presence is sure to please his fans. If you are a fan of Kevin Hart, you will most likely enjoy his screen-presence and his great chemistry with Ice Cube even if you find the script to be lacking.

"Ride Along," may not go down as a comedic legend, but in my eyes, it is certainly worth checking out at least as a rental. The flawed script can indeed be overlooked by the gleeful dialogue and Kevin Hart's enthusiasm. I'd say give it a shot, it wouldn't hurt to check it out.


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