Parents' Guide to

Ride Along

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Odd-couple buddy-cop flick is violent, predictable but fun.

Movie PG-13 2014 100 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 13+
The N-word is used twice (just explain to your child that they should never use that word) and one scene takes place in a strip club (just explain to your child that places like that are bad) and there is quite a bit of violence (90% of it is completely bloodless). Overall, I’d say it's a 13+.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.
age 11+

good movie

there is on f word and they go to strip club no boobs there are a lot of s**t there are guns a shot people in game and real life

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10):
Kids say (39):

RIDE ALONG won't breathe new life into the buddy-cop genre. It hews pretty much to the tried-and-true (and tired) principles, which include making sure said would-be buddies hate each other in the beginning, and wind up friends in the end. Much chaos and hilarity ensue in between. But here, plot points seem more superfluous than usual for the genre. The supposedly ridiculously hilarious setups don't seem ridiculous enough. (See: civilian confronting biker gang.)

Nonetheless, the movie perks up in its second half, with a delicious casting twist that will incite cheers and Hart and Ice Cube displaying chemistry before unseen. If only their earlier animosity had been convincing and creative. Instead, it relies on the usual and irritatingly superficial tropes (Ben talks too much). Also, it's a pity to see John Leguizamo relegated to a thankless small role; his signature banter could have enlivened earlier proceedings. The fairly thrilling driving sequences that open the film do a good job of luring audiences in, though. And by time time the movie ends, Hart wins you over, but only just.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 17, 2014
  • On DVD or streaming: April 15, 2014
  • Cast: Ice Cube, John Leguizamo, Kevin Hart
  • Director: Tim Story
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Black actors, Latinx actors
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sequences of violence, sexual content and brief strong language
  • Last updated: April 1, 2023

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