Fast Times, Funny Games

  
Video games are used to frame and visualize some plot and action in Tim Story’s Ride Along 2, a silly buddy-cop sequel set in Atlanta and Miami. Kevin Hart reprises his role as a geeky metrosexual with attention deficit disorder, Ice Cube as his stolid soon-to-be brother-in-law. Olivia Munn plays a cop who likes Cube and who, like Cube, does not suffer fools gladly. Ken Jeong plays a womanizing computer hacker. Benjamin Bratt plays the villain. The plot is immaterial, the soundtrack is thumping. To cast a wider net, Ride Along 2 is rated PG-13. Thus it’s safe and restrained, relying on physical humor—usually at the expense of Kevin Hart—which you may or may not find funny—chacun à son goût. As Cube says of Hart’s character in the movie, Nine out of ten times he’s  a moron, but on the tenth he’s kind of a ridiculous genius. So it goes: when Hart’s cop is serious, in a funny interrogation scene involving mistresses and ringtones, he shines. More of that would be nice, even if it undercuts the formula.  

By Alec Julian & Carrie White

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