The 'Not-So-Critical' Critic:
on RIDE ALONG 2 (2015, 102 minutes, PG-13)
The Quick of It -
We have a return of the buddy-cop duo of Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. If you were a fan of the first, this one should not disappoint. This film starts where the previous left off. Ben (Kevin Hart) has just become a cop fresh out of the academy and is planning his wedding with his fiancé Angela (Tika Sumpter). James (Ice Cube) gets a lead in a case that points to Miami, and with Ben desperate to prove his potential at being a detective, he takes Ben along to show him that he is doomed to fail.
With Benjamin Bratt as the suave but corrupt business mogul and Ken Jeong as the nerdy hacker added to the formula, Miami seems the place to be. Bratt gives you the Spanish culture, highlighting dancing and lust, while Ken shows us the disturbing side of geekdom when supplied with large amounts of cash and fetish needs.
The ladies of the cast were also most notable, Tika (of 'The Haves and Have Nots') and Olivia Munn (of MAGIC MIKE and IRON MAN 2). They make for some unforgettable moments and compliment their counterparts in the story. The chemistry in the writing and delivery between Tika and Kevin seems to work beyond the screen. Theirs is something I could only hope for... :( (Yeah, I just emoticoned.)
Ice Cube still carries that same 'attitude' that we just recently got the chance to witness and possibly understand where it comes from in the STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON bio'ish-pic. His eyes tell you so much with that dark glare, even when his shades are on. I could only wish to have that superpower.
I have to say I am appreciating this return of buddy-cop films as they help to lessen then seriousness surrounding other films. We also get treated to some 'Miami Vice' glam in choice scenes, and now we have an updated 2016 version - women swimming in overhead tubes in a swimsuit shop and pet alligators... okay, maybe still the same. The chance to laugh at senseless shenanigans makes for a great time and a break from adulting.