Kevin Hart might need a booster seat to see over the wheel, but there’s no doubt that he’s the one sitting in the driver’s seat of the comedy Ride Along–not Ice Cube. The two play off each other this “buddy cop” flick where Kevin Hart predictably plays the funny man and Ice Cube plays the hard-nosed cop. But usually in that genre, you’d expect moments of laughter to come from actors (The Other Guys with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, Lethal Weapon with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, etc.). Instead, Ice Cube seems happy to let Kevin Hart be the designated driver.
Now, don’t get me wrong I actually enjoyed Ride Along a lot more than I would have expected. Whether you’re willing to acknowledge it or not, Kevin Hart is one of the most popular and funny comedians for a reason. I can’t say that I’m well-versed in his roles or even standup routines but the little guy packs a big punch.
The story is pretty simple, Kevin Hart is a Call of Duty playing security guard who is dating a hot woman way out of his league. Her policeman brother (Ice Cube) doesn’t like Kevin and invites Kevin (gamertag “Black Hammer”) to join him on a “ride along.”
Obviously things start getting a little crazy on what should be a routine day–otherwise there wouldn’t be a movie–but the story really doesn’t matter. The movie serves as a vehicle for both Kevin Hart’s writing and acting.
I’m not saying that you need to see this one in the theaters but if you’re a gamer (video games play a huge role in the movie) and you enjoy laughing, Ride Along is worth a shot.