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The RIDEALONG2 sequel picks up about a year after our heroes' last adventure. Plans for a quick trip to Miami go bad. With the wedding upcoming, James reluctantly takes Ben with him to Miami to follow up on a lead connected to a drug ring case he's been trying to crack. In Miami, they meet Maya, a no-BS homicide detective who lets them know Miami is her turf. They also encounter AJ, a shady cocky computer hacker who reveals evidence that implicates a well-respected local businessman, the wealthy Antonio Pope. Pope harbors a vicious streak and rules South Florida's drug trade. If Ben and James can convince the authorities that Pope is a brutal crime boss they'll stop his spree. If they fail, well there may not be a wedding after all.Written by
DeAlan Wilson www.ComedyE.com
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When Port Commissioner Griffin receives the call from Antonio Pope at the beginning of the film; the time on his wall clock in his office is 9:20. A short time later when he drops his phone, the time on the phone is reading as 1:44pm.
Also, when we see Griffin's phone lying on the floor, the call duration is frozen at 0.36 - as Griffin never disconnected the call from Pope, the call duration should be continuing to count up.
Note - even if Griffin had stopped/disconnected the call (which he didn't), the actual call duration should be around 0:51 seconds.
This could be irrelevant anyway as Pope was showing as a 'Blocked Caller' (as shown on Griffin's phone), Therefore it is likely that the call would never have gone through in the first place.... more than likely, the call should have shown as 'Unknown Caller/ID' - and not as 'Blocked'. See more »
Kevin Hart is an interesting case. He's hilariously funny when it comes to his stand-up. But filmmakers have yet to figure out what to do with him in film. With his best performances being Think Like a Man and Get Hard, you start to think about what they did right. Think Like a Man's strength is that it doesn't hyper focus on any one of its well-balanced leads. And with Get Hard- -both Hart's and Will Ferrell's best films in awhile--you have to credit the fact that they both get to take the stage. They both act as the straight man AND the comic foil. But after a failed attempt the first time around, we are offered a second installment in the RideAlong series.
The original RideAlong from 2014 already had audiences feeling like it was just an excuse to make a movie where Hart acts ridiculous, much to Ice Cube's unamusement. And this one is no different. The sequel has a slightly better storyline than its predecessor, but not by much. It copies a lot of the formula from the original.
In this movie, Hart plays Ben, a preliminary detective about to get married. His brother-in-law- to-be, head detective James (Cube), takes him along on a case in Miami to show Ben how he isn't cut out to be in the field.
Hackneyed comedy isn't the only thing that's cliché about this film. Overused tropes are flying left and right. From every one of Ice Cube's foreseen reactions, to the typical action movie lines: "Villain is hosting a party tonight at his mansion. Everyone's expected to be there" or "I'll distract him while you go in."
There are a few laughs scattered throughout. The opening sequence, featuring Tyrese and a bunch of street racers, is the best part of the movie. But Hart just doesn't have anyone to play off of comedically the rest of the way. It's just him doing all the romping. The few moments he has with Ken Jeong are nice, but that's about it. Ice Cube is his definite straight man. And a pretty good one too, as evident with the Jump Street series. But the truth is, Hart is so over-the-top all the time that he almost doesn't even need a straight man. It's already extremely obvious he's being ridiculous that it's nearly insulting that we need someone else to point it out too. When everything around him is too serious, Hart's antics become less believable.
There's nothing definitively bad about this film. It hits all its marks. Almost too well. And that's what makes it blend in with the crowd. This by-the-numbers comedy may not be painful, but it's definitely forgettable.
Twizard Rating: 64
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