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This film is a great escape. O’Shea Jackson delivers vintage gangsta Ice Cube portraying a ruthless cop out to clean up the hood’s biggest nemesis, arms running shadow lurking OMAR, played by Larry Fishburn. Yes, Morpheous is a gun toting bitch slapping bad guy.
Kevin Hart plays his unsuspecting side kick in this buddy flick. Hart is a school security guard with a dream. A video game playing nerd out to win the beautiful sister of Ice Cube by joining the police force and proving once and for all that he has what it takes to be a good cop worthy of a woman’s love and Ice Cube’s respect. Formulaic at its best. What follows is enjoyable when you want to kickback for a mindless romp in the dark with a large popcorn and Coke, but there’s something greater at work.
Kevin Hart is on a meteoric rise towards success that has thrown his new found fame into question. There are snarky rumors floating around the back rooms and alleyways of these e-streets that he’s a member of the Illuminati and understandingly so. If you don’t have Black comedians on your radar, he can seem to have arrived out of nowhere. But no one, except Lupita Nyongo’s photo bombing lil brother, becomes famous overnight.
Ride Along’s success is a culmination of the past 10years in Kevin Hart’s comic career. He is in top form as a young actor and has learned to channel his squeaky voice, diminutive height, wandering eye, and self depreciating rapid fire commentary into a powerhouse of comedic timing and laugh out loud slapstick antics geared towards an audience which appreciates his kind of humor.
Hart’s appeal is primarily to those who can appreciate vintage Eddie Murphy, “In Living Color”Jamie Fox, and “Friday’s” Chris Tucker, but could soon spill over into the “Dr Do Little” Eddie Murphy, “Ray” Jami Fox, and “Rush Hour”Chris Tucker Target market if he plays his cards right. His pairing with Ice Cube, yes the former gangster rapper from NWA turned actor, turned Box office Disney darling for the Saturday morning PG crowd, shows that he’s eyeing a wider pasture.
The box office returns indicate that Hart is bankable. The resounding trouncing of ticket sales, USD $132million world wide to date on the $25mil production places this unlikely bromance at record breaking status and squarely on your radar. Somebody call 911. There’s a new comedian in town and he’s laying his hammer down.
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