RIDE ALONG 2 – Review by Susan Granger

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After its predecessor grossed over $150 million, this sequel was inevitable, so rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube and comedian-turned-actor Kevin Hart are reunited as bickering, mismatched cops. Having paid his dues as an Atlanta security guard, manic, motormouth’d Ben Barber (Hart) just graduated from the Police Academy and is now a rookie (probationary) cop, trying to measure up to his stern, soon-to-be brother-in-law, Det. James Payton (Cube), whose sister Angela (Tika Sumpter) is his fiancée. Read on…

This time, they’re off to Miami to track down a suspiciously slippery South Beach computer hacker, A.J. (Ken Jeong), which leads them to a suave millionaire businessman/philanthropist Antonio Pope (Benjamin Bratt), the sinister czar behind a major interstate drug pipeline.

Sloppily scripted as yet another buddy-cop comedy by Phil Hay and Matt Manfred, it’s formulaically directed at a fast pace by Tim Story – with lots of explosions and car chases, including one that evolves into what looks like a video game, and climaxes in a shipping-container storage yard.

“Classic!” Ben quips. “Something always goes down in a container yard!”

Not surprisingly, every woman in the cast – with the exception of the wedding planner, Cori (Sherri Shepherd) – wears sultry, skimpy attire, including a Miami homicide detective, Maya Cruz (Olivia Munn), who arrives at a crime scene clad in tights and a sports bra.

The funniest bit involves “Star Wars” trivia, which I suspect was ad-libbed, and to add a bit of “Fast and Furious” flavor, there’s even a cameo from that franchise’s Tyrese Gibson.

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “Ride Along 2” coasts in with a recycled 3, filled with silly slapstick.

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Susan Granger

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at R.K.O., M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Phi Beta Kappa, with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic. Her newspaper reviews have been syndicated around the world, and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. In addition, her celebrity interviews and articles have been published in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN and THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in PARIS MATCH, ELLE, HELLO, CARIBBEAN WORLD, ISLAND LIFE, MACO DESTINATIONS, NEWS LIMITED NEWSPAPERS (Australia), UK DAILY MAIL, UK SUNDAY MIRROR, DS (France), LA REPUBBLICA (Italy), BUNTE (Germany), VIP TRAVELLER (Krisworld) and many other international publications through SSG Syndicate. Susan also lectures on the "Magic and Mythology of Hollywood" and "Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and other Survival Skills," originally published on tape by Dove Audio.