In just a few weeks, Hollywood will say goodbye to quality and commercial quantities to start dumping its dregs and desperate entries onto an entertainment weary public. That’s right, it’s the typical post-Awards Season slump where the studios unleash their contractual obligations and cinematic stepchildren, hoping a few can come home with a dollar or two. Sure, there are some excellent movies released every January through March, but for the most part, we are dealing with some rather moldy old leftovers that look intriguing but taste terrible. That’s where ‘Ride Along‘ comes in, though some are suggesting that Universal is so sure this film will be a hit it already has a sequel “in development.”
This latest buddy action comedy sees funnyman flavor of the moment Kevin Hart playing a security guard type who wants to be a police officer in the worst way. Thanks to his stature and cowardly constitution, it seems like that will never happen. In the meantime, he also wants to wed his longtime girlfriend, but her belligerent and overprotective brother (Ice Cube) says, “NO!” – and wouldn’t you know it, he’s a street smart detective. When Hart‘s wannabe Romeo asks this cocky cop for his permission to marry, he decides to prove once and for all that he’s unworthy. So Cube invites him along for a ride along, and all manner of PG-13 grade hijinx ensure. The trailer has just been released. See what we mean:
Okay, so there’s some funny moments here (I especially like Hart‘s handling of a shotgun during target practice) but this stinks of something that could have been uproarious had the “family oriented” label been removed and director Tim Story let his actors resort to some Hard-R antics. Granted, the demo being targeted might prefer their humor a bit tamer, but this premise just cries out for something along the lines of ‘The Heat,’ or a law enforcement like ‘Hangover.’ Cube has said that he wants to leave his Hell-raising, joint passing, ‘Fridays’ behind him for more kiddie oriented concerns, and that might be this movie’s main problem. The pair have chemistry. Comedy is another thing all together. With John Leguizamo and Laurence Fishbourne and poised to hit theaters on January 17th.