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Ride Along 2  (DVD)


Stars: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, Sherri Shepherd

Director: Tim Story

Ice Cube returns as tough Atlanta cop James Payton, still saddled with motormouth Kevin Hart playing his putative brother-in-law. In Ride Along two years ago security guard Hart made moronically merry with Ice Cube. Now we get more of the stupid same as Hart, now a rookie cop and days away from his wedding to Cube's sister and determined to make detective, cons Cube into allowing him to come to Miami to bring down a major drug ring…

Cue lashings of corn far higher than an elephant’s eye, severely silly slapstick and alleged comedy far dumber than Dumb and Dumber could ever have envisaged in their wildest nightmares.

But give director Tim Story his due. He serves up tsunamis of silliness at a fast and fatuous pace and sensibly spices up the show with such catalysts as shoe-eating alligator, noisy shootouts, car chases and assorted action that I imagine he hoped would take people’s minds off the drivel soaring across the scene.

Ken Jeong of The Hangover adds sweet and sour ham to the show and Law and Order veteran Benjamin Bratt deserves praise for making his evil drug-lord the most entertaining character in the whole stupid show.

Alan Frank

USA 2016. UK Distributor: Unuiversal. Colour by deluxe.
97 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 12.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 2, Violence/Horror 2, Drugs 0, Swearing 2.

Review date: 12 Jun 2016