The sequel to the 2014 surprise hit, Ride Along 2 picks up about a year after the original. Ben Barber (Kevin Hart) is all set to marry the love of his life Angela (Tika Sumpter) but he's still trying to prove himself to her brother James (Ice Cube).
resh out of the Police Academy, Ben is working as a beat cop but wants the chance to show that he's cut out to be a detective like his soon to be brother in law. James on the other hand doesn't believe he's detective material. When a piece of evidence from a case James is working on leads him to hacker AJ (Ken Jeong) in Miami, he reluctantly decides to let Ben tag along for the ride. Both men see it as the perfect opportunity to prove the other wrong. Naturally what is supposed to be a routine questioning of a suspect leads to them becoming entangled in a much bigger criminal operation.
he quintessential problem with Hart is that he's kind of like Marmite. You either love him or you hate him. He may be championed in the US as the next Chris Rock but for this reviewer he's much closer to Chris Tucker.
he villain doesn't do the movie any favours either. Benjamin Bratt does his best to be as dastardly as possible but when you compare his Antonio Pope to Laurence Fishbourne's crime lord in the original, he very much looks like cut price casting.
f you're a fan of the original then you'll like Ride Along 2. Otherwise there's not much to enjoy here.