Stars: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, John Leguizamo, Laurence Fishburne
School security guard Ben (Kevin Hart) wants to marry his girlfriend, Angela (Tika Sumpter), but her overprotective hard-nosed cop brother, James (Ice Cube), is not about to sign off on that. So Ben decides to try to win James over by joining the police academy. But before Ben can take one lesson in officer training, James decides to immerse him in the gritty reality of what it really means to be a cop, and challenges Ben to join him on a ride along. If Ben can survive the ride along, he just might get James’ blessing.
Kevin Hart is so funny in this film, you might need to wear an adult diaper in case you soil yourself. The guffaws come early and often. Laurence Fishburne has a fun cameo as a scenery-chewing villain, and John Leguizamo rounds out the cast as James’ cohort on the force. If the film does well at the box office, expect a Ride Along 2 to follow quickly. Everybody loves a good action-comedy buddy movie. Especially when one of the buddies is the droll Kevin Hart. –p.d. lee