In Director Tim Story’s original Ride Along, I had said Kevin Hart took a while to get used to, hitting singles and taking walks, initially.
In Ride Along 2, he bats 100 for most of the film with one out of 10 “jokes” bringing a smile, if not a laugh. The 7th inning stretch came within the first 15 minutes with me dozing off out of a combination of boredom and annoyance.
It wasn’t until the last 20 minutes, when the action and comedy picked up with a few doubles and triples, but it was mostly due to Ice Cube, Olivia Munn and Ken Jeong that the film offered some fun.
I noticed the absence of Writer Jason Mantzoukas, who participated in the first film. Perhaps he was responsible for more laughs.
As it is, I give Ride Along 2 a 2 out of 5 for the general public and a 2.5 for Hart fans.