Ride Along 2 Parent Guide
With a plot that could be told in under a half hour, the rest of this 90 minute movie is dedicated to bachelor jokes and the objectification of women.
Parent Movie Review
Once again Ice Cube warms up his acting chops to play James Payton, a tough Atlanta cop. Behaving as his textbook foil is Kevin Hart, whose character Ben Barber has finished police academy and has his first, albeit probationary, job on the force. It was tough believing Ben was a cop-in-training during the first film, but accepting him as a real law enforcement officer here is even more of a stretch. In this sequel, Ben is still engaged to James’s sister Angela (Tika Sumpter), although the wedding is now just a week away. Despite the closeness of the big event, Ben begs to “ride along” with James on an assignment to hunt down a suspicious computer hacker in Miami. Promising to return in time for the nuptials, Angela is relieved to get Ben out of her hair while she finishes last minute preparations. I would be too.
Soon after their arrival in the Florida city the pair locate their man, A.J. (Ken Jeong), and tear through the streets of Little Cuba trying to arrest him. The damage they leave behind doesn’t impress the local police force and, conveniently, the Miami chief (Carlos Gómez) assigns the lovely Maya (Olivia Munn) to keep an eye on them. The homicide detective is depicted as tough and intelligent, so it again requires the audience to “suspend disbelief” when she accepts Officer Barber as a professional—even after he shoots one of her colleagues in the shoulder.
Bumbling through a series of mishaps, they discover A.J. is into much deeper issues than they initially thought. Currently working for Antonio Pope (Benjamin Bratt), a man who is regarded as a pillar in the community, our trio of stooges learn the tycoon is actually a king pin in the drug and arms business. Observing A.J. cooperating with the police, Antonio sends his thugs to take care of the computer geek, forcing our men and woman in blue to protect their informant.
With a plot that could be told in under a half-hour, the other hour of this 90ish-minute movie is dedicated to allowing Hart to be a comedian. Deriving humor from the premise that his wannabe cop desperately wants to bond with his much cooler, brother-in-law, and filling the gaps with bachelor jokes and references to on-line sex sites, the shtick gets old quick. During times when he’s doing his blabbering bit, it’s obvious the director isn’t sure what to do with the co-stars, or the legions of extras (usually scantily clad females) that populate most of the scenes.
Sadly, women seem to hold a singular purpose in this film that is ornamented with countless lingerie-model bodies dressed in tiny bikinis. Angela also makes an appearance in a sexy-police costume while attempting to seduce her distracted fiancé and even Maya shows up at a crime scene wearing a sports bra and leggings.
When the gang finally does get down to doing actual police work there are confrontations involving guns—some characters are shot on screen and we see mild blood effects. Also depicted are hand-to-hand conflicts, explosions and automobile accidents. One of these car chases morphs into a video game, as Ben suddenly visualizes the world through the eyes of his favorite pastime, and begins maneuvering his vehicle around countless obstacles while in pursuit of bad guys. (That’s not a great message for kids who are susceptible to confusing fantasy and reality.)
Perhaps the best message Ride Along 2 attempts to present is a greeting card moment at the prescribed happy ending when James welcomes Ben into the family. That might be enough for Kevin Hart fans, but for the rest of us this excursion is little more than a drive by looting of box office dollars.Directed by Tim Story. Starring Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Olivia Munn, Ken Jeong. Running time: 102 minutes. Theatrical release January 15, 2016. Updated July 17, 2017
Ride Along 2
Rating & Content Info
Why is Ride Along 2 rated PG-13? Ride Along 2 is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sequences of violence, sexual content, language and some drug material.
Violence: Serious crimes, such as drug dealing and murder, are portrayed within a comical context. Characters are often in situations more perilous than the silliness of the script acknowledges. Much of the violence is non-graphic, but some blood is shown. Humor is derived from the actions of an inept police officer that blows an undercover operation, accidentally shoots someone, causes other physical injuries and property damage. Dangerous driving is depicted, sometimes like a video game, and car crashes, explosions and injury result. Shoot outs and a hired hit man are also portrayed – some characters are shot on screen. A man is chased and bitten by a crocodile, but only loses a shoe. A character is taken hostage. Embezzlement, bribes and corrupt officials are discussed. A child uses a martial arts move to down a man who invades his home. Characters utter death threats – sometimes jokingly and other times with real intent. A man falls out of a boat and is then dragged behind it – no real harm is implied.
Sexual Content: Women are used as eye candy in this movie that is full of scantily clad and bikini-wearing females, many with large breasts and buttocks. Men often ogle them and make sexual comments. A character visits on-line sex sites and engages in sexual banter with women: one is shown removing her clothes to expose her underwear. A woman dresses provocatively for her fiancé and makes references to bondage sex. The script is full of sexual references, innuendo, crude slang and sexual slurs. A couple dances and touches sensually. A man’s head is squished between women’s breasts during an embrace. A male character mentions wearing s thong. Some embracing and kissing are shown.
Language: Scatological slang is heard frequently, along with many uses of moderate and mild profanities, terms of deity, crude slang terms and slurs.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters drink in social settings and in a club. A character pretends to be drunk. References to illegal drug dealing and smuggling are made.
Page last updated July 17, 2017
More parents' guide for Ride Along 2 after the break...
Ride Along 2 Parents' Guide
What are the dangers of mixing violence with comedy? How might this combination influence the way we view serious crime?
Do you ever wonder what Angela sees in Ben? Does her total acceptance of him reflect poorly on her critical thinking skills? Or is it a sign of true love? How would a person like Ben Barber fair in real life? Why does his character work best in a movie script?
The most recent home video release of Ride Along 2 movie is April 26, 2016. Here are some details…
Home Video Notes: Ride Along 2
Release Date: 26 April 2016
Ride Along 2 releases to home video (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD) with the following special features:
- Feature Commentary with Director Tim Story
- The Ride Along Roundtable
- The Ride Diaries
- Kevin & Cube: Brothers In-Law
- The New Recruits
- Inside Black Hammer Vision
- Ride Along with Kevin Hart
- Ride Along With Us
- Behind the Scenes of Ride Along With Us
- Cori’s Wedding Commercial
- Gag Reel