Remember the 90's? you must do it was the years of such great films, especially action comedies. You will obviously also remember that the 90's is when Will Smith was big and Martin Lawrence was still doing decent acting roles like...well Bad Boys. Ride Along tries to be this and misses the mark completely. The buddy cop movie seems to have lost its edge in recent years (hopefully this will be changed in The Nice Guys later this summer) and instead of trying something new Ride Along 2 uses every 90's cliche you could use.
Kevin Hart is the saving grace in this film in a film filled with mediocre acting. I'm sorry to say Ice Cube just doesn't give a good performance here compare to his previous films. I can see the James role being filled with other, more polished actors and the film could have been a little better, Someone like maybe Dwayne Johnson but we will see when the two star in Central Intelligence later this year. Even Kevin Hart's comedy relief got a little stale though around the half way mark and i'm a big Kevin Hart fan.
On a positive note this isn't the worst cop comedy out there, and once you get used to Ice Cubes one dimensional acting this is actually pretty enjoyable for most of the film. The action scenes are very good and the funny moments are very funny. If you have a lazy evening in or a few hours on a weekend to kill then Ride Along 2 is a good choice.
(p.s Please don't kill me Mr Cube.......)