November 18, 2014

Ride Along (2014)

Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, John Leguizamo, Laurence Fishburn

Remember when Ice Cube used to be cool? You know what I mean, before he made Are We There Yet?--both the movie and the TV show. Well, this movie is not signaling his return to that former status.

This movie almost felt like one of those SNL commercials. You know, where it looks and feels like a real commercial, but it seems to be a parody of of something? (Side note: the recent SNL parody of Mathew McConaughy's Lincoln commercial might be one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time.) This movie felt like one long parody of Training Day, which I suppose is sort of funny in and of itself, since Denzel is really just begging to be spoofed with his over-the-top intensity in every role. But honestly, after Ice Cube had a show on TBS (a network whose current line-up includes reruns of The Big Bang Theory and Cougar Town), it's hard to take him seriously again as a street tough guy.

And Kevin Hart is... well, Kevin Hart. You either like him or you don't, since his humor varies little from movie to movie. I tend to prefer him in supporting roles because he can become a bit much after a couple of house, but he managed to play a more sympathetic and relatable character here instead of just providing a steady (and sometimes overbearing) amount of comic relief. What I'm trying to say is, he's not the annoying one in this movie.

The plot is fine and predictable--nothing really noteworthy here, other than maybe seeing Laurence Fishburn in a movie again. (Seriously, where has he been?) At best, the movie is sporadically funny. Then again, so was Ted. Just about anything can have it's funny moments. And in the realm of cop comedies, not everything can be Beverly Hills Cop. I mean, hey, this was still better 21 Jump Street. (Which I guess means this will get its own sequel too.) 

Final word: For the viewer, more aptly titled "stuck and unable to escape."

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