Ride Along 2 picks up where the original left off, which is good for all of us. If you didn't see the original and want to see this one, you won't be lost because this is simply mindless fun. And let's be clear. This is fun. Let the national critics lambaste this thing all they want, it's an easy target. I know it's well below the lofty standards of the elite who generally only like Meryl Streep,Superhero and teen action/romance flicks. But so what?
There is a long list of these new action comedies out there and many of them border on the raunchy and the disgusting. This, yes has its moments that don't work well, but this does stay on track and entertains in its own way. We still have out bumbling rookie cop (Hart) and our well established Atlanta detective (Ice Cube) trying to solve a crime case together and both for different motives.
This has a strong supporting cast that includes Benjamin Bratt, Ken Jeong and Olivia Munn that help make this fun, and give it a bit of cred. Yes, this is more of the same, but so what? This is not offensive for the most part, and silly for almost the whole part. Hart is a funny man - period. Cube plays a great straight man and lets Hart shine. This sails along at about 1 hour and 40 minutes and it makes you laugh for a great deal of it.
Ride Along 2. Is this perfect? Heck no. But it's not supposed to be. This is supposed to be an hour or two of fun, in the dead of winter and loosen us up a bit. And it does.