Ride Along

 
photo for The wild antics of comedian Kevin Hart rescues this cop-buddy-comedy from the mundane and predictable; he stars as a video game junkie and high school security guard who not only wants to become an Atlanta cop but also wants to marry the sister of the city’s toughest detective, James Payton (Ice Cube). To persuade him otherwise, James invites him on a ride-along designed to scare the hell out of him and show him he doesn’t have what it takes to take care of his sister. It’s all pretty silly — especially when Shakespearean actor Laurence Fishburne shows up as the underworld’s top bad guy — and fairly innocuous. It’s kind of a downtown version of “Rush Hour” — and has taken in almost as much as that smash hit. “Ride Along 2” is scheduled for 2016. Extras: Gag reel; “It Was a Good Day: On the Set of Ride Along” backstage visit; “Atlanta — The Character” location tour; commentary with director Tim Story. Blu-ray adds alternate ending; deleted scenes; alternate take; “Kev & Cube’s Wild Ride”; “An Explosive Ride” stunt double featurette; “You Gonna Learn Today” look at the film’s many off-script moments including b-roll, dailies and alternate takes; “Anatomy of the Big Blast” behind the scenes of the movie’s most explosive sequence. Vitals: Director: Tim Story. Stars: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, Bryan Callen, Laurence Fishburne. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 100 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $133.941 million, Warner. 3 stars

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