(Lisa recently discovered that she only has about 8 hours of space left on her DVR! It turns out that she’s been recording movies from July and she just hasn’t gotten around to watching and reviewing them yet. So, once again, Lisa is cleaning out her DVR! She is going to try to watch and review 52 movies by the end of Sunday, December 4th! Will she make it? Keep checking the site to find out!)
A friend of mine recently posted this on Facebook: “Name your vagina by using the last movie you watched!” While everyone else was able to answer with “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Christmas Vacation,” and “Zombeavers,” I was forced to answer “Ride Along 2,” because I watched it last night. If only I had held off on watching Ride Along 2, I could have answered Moana.
ANYWAY — I recorded Ride Along 2 off of HBO on November 11th. The main reason that I recorded it was because, at the time, I was panicking over the fact that the year is nearly over and there’s still a lot of 2016 releases that I haven’t seen. You know me. I’m a cinema completist and I like to see everything. As a result, I’ve been recording every single 2016 movie that I come across on cable, even if the film in question is one that I really didn’t have much interest in actually watching.
Like this one for instance…
Ride Along 2 is the latest entry in the ever-growing Ken Jeong Gets Kidnapped genre of action comedies. At some point in the future, film historians will wonder why Ken Jeong was always either getting abducted or arrested in violent comedies. I imagine that they’ll devote most of their time to studying The Hangover films and Community but they’ll still find some time to consider Ride Along 2.
In Ride Along 2, Ken Jeong is abducted by two Atlanta detectives who have come to Miami to investigate his boss, murderous drug lord Antonio Pope (Benjamin Bratt). The two detectives are James Payton (Ice Cube) and his future brother-in-law, Ben Barber (Kevin Hart). Of course, it’s really not important that one of them is named Payton or that the other one is named Ben. Ultimately, they are Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. Payton is tough and no-nonsense. Ben is short and outspoken and given to histrionics. Needless to say, the plot is mostly just an excuse for Kevin Hart to get on Ice Cube’s nerves.
And it’s all pretty predictable. There’s really nothing in Ride Along 2 that you haven’t already seen in a hundred other action comedies, including the first Ride Along. So, how much you enjoy this film is going to depend on how much you like Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, and Ken Jeong. (And I guess it might help if you’re a Benjamin Bratt fan as well. Are there Benjamin Bratt fans?) And, I will say this. Nobody glowers with quite the skill of Ice Cube. Ken Jeong may play the same role a hundred times but he knows what he’s doing. And Kevin Hart is actually a good actor, even if his films rarely give him a chance to show the full depth of his ability.
Ride Along 2 is predictable and kinda forgettable. It didn’t do much for me. But, at the same time, it’s thoroughly nonpretentious and totally inoffensive.
I still think Moana is a better name, though…