What it does do - is allow you to park your brain in neutral for 100 minutes, laugh at some silly jokes... and then walk out of theatre and immediately forget it ever happened. And there's nothing wrong with that. In fact, it's kind of refreshing.
Ride Along 2, which picks up not long after the first film ended, doesn't mess much with the formula, except that everything feels more frayed and tired this time around.
Hart and Cube are too good to settle for hawking leftovers. They deserve better. So do we.
Ride Along 2 - everything one would expect and less - is over-the-top imbecilic.
"Ride Along" was a surprise hit, earning $135 million and becoming Ice Cube and Kevin Hart's biggest starring vehicle. "Ride Along 2" is essentially more of the same, and Hart is its driving force. Ride with it.
Ride Along 2 - propelled by an unintelligent, predictable story line and enough gunplay and explosions to eradicate a small nation - is good for a few belly laughs. But not much more.
A low-wattage sequel to a comedy that wasn't exactly glowing in the first place.
Kevin Hart clowns, Ice Cube growls. Rinse and repeat.
"Ride Along 2," it may not surprise you to learn, is a lot like "Ride Along," only less so.