Now, I may have been wrong about the next big fad in Hollywood being Shark Week/Fairy tale/Egyptian mummy movies, but I’m feeling that the fourth time is the charm when I predict that buddy cop movies will be the Twilights of the next couple of years.
Following on from the well received (financially at least) success of The Heat, comes this trailer for Ride Along, which stars Ice Cube and Kevin Hart as they tackle one crazy night of crime, lawlessness and shotguns that happen to have comedic recoil functions. Suck it, laws of Isaac Newton.
For the past two years, high-school security guard Ben (Hart) has been trying to show decorated APD detective James (Cube) that he’s more than just a video-game junkie who’s unworthy of James’ sister, Angela (Tika Sumpter). When Ben finally gets accepted into the academy, he thinks he’s earned the seasoned policeman’s respect and asks for his blessing to marry Angela.
Knowing that a ride along will demonstrate if Ben has what it takes to take care of his sister, James invites him on a shift designed to scare the hell out of the trainee. But when the wild night leads them to the most notorious criminal in the city, James will find that his new partner’s rapid-fire mouth is just as dangerous as the bullets speeding at it.
There’s nothing exactly original here, as Ice Cube plays grumpy cop that is attached to his sister so disturbingly, that his love can only be measured in Tony Montana levels. But it looks like a decent laugh, and the premise itself should help heat the chemistry up between the two leads. And Universal Pictures appears to have plenty of faith of the flick, as they’ve already set up a sequel for it, provided that it rakes in enough cash at the box office.
Ride Along will be busting skulls next year January, and is directed by Tim Story.
Last Updated: July 2, 2013