Ride Along DVD review

Ride Along teams Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in a very funny buddy movie about a young man trying to impress his girlfriend’s older brother. Ben (Hart), who works as a security guard, has just been accepted into the Police Academy. His girlfriend’s stern brother James (Ice Cube) is a tough police detective who hasn’t liked Ben ever since he caused him to be set on fire at a family BBQ. Ben wants to marry Angela, but she wants him to get James’ blessing first. James sees Ben as little more than a nuisance, but he decides to take him on a ride along to prove that he’ll never make it as a cop. Ben, thrilled by the opportunity, has no idea what James has in store for him.

Usually when someone goes on a ride along, they stay out of the way as the police deal with various calls. Instead, James gives Ben a jacket to wear with POLICE across the back, and when they arrive at the scene of a call, James send Ben out of the car on his own to deal with the situation. Kevin Hart is hilarious as Ben, who tries his best to deal with the people at the root of the circumstances. Ice Cube shows just the right amount of arrogance as James, but enough patience that the audience doesn’t dislike him for what he’s doing to the younger man. As the day progresses, a relationship of sorts blossoms between the two, but only after they get themselves in a very dangerous situation. Ride Along is not just full of laughs, but edge-of-your seat tension and plenty of action as well. It’s easy to see why it was the top box office movie for two weeks in a row when it hit theaters earlier this year.

Special features on the DVD include a great gag reel; a very interesting behind-the-scenes featurette called It was a Good Day; a look at the city where the movie was filmed called Atlanta: The Character and a Feature Commentary with director Tim Story. Blu-Ray exclusives include an alternate ending, deleted scenes, an alternate take, and the following featurettes: Kev & Cubes Wild Ride; You Gonna Learn Today; Anatomy of the Big Blast and An Explosive Ride. Other home entertainment titles releasing today include: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Philomena The Nut Job, Trap For Cinderella, Black Nativity and The Gabby Douglas Story. For a full list of DVDs click here. ~Alexandra Heilbron

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  1. Snepts • April 16, 2014 @ 12:26 AM

    Hart was funnier in Grudge Match, which, not coincidentally, was also a better movie.

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