Ride Along 2

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Formulaic sequel has violence, some funny moments.
  • PG-13
  • 2016
  • 101 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Loyalty is valuable, especially between two people who are about to become family. Also, it's important to be open to all sorts of people and experiences. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ben believes that people have good in them and doesn't let the chilly attitude of his future brother-in-law, James, prevent him from being a good friend and encouraging partner on the police force. James, on the other hand, is a little less enthusiastic, and is sometimes guilty of underestimating his soon-to-be brother-in-law.

Violence

Many scenes with deadly and destructive car chases, explosions, shoot-outs (sometimes resulting in death), and fist fights. Some of it is partly offset by the movie's comedic tone.

Sex

A woman entices her fiance to bed by wearing skimpy clothes and flashing cleavage. Sexual innuendo. At a bar, scantily clad women at flirt with patrons.

Language

Some swearing, including "ass," "bulls--t," "bitch," "damn," and "pissed."

Consumerism

Brands/labels shown or mentioned include Capri Sun, Coors Lite, Gucci, Jaguar, and Dell.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some social drinking at a club, as well as a few allusions to cocaine smuggling. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ride Along 2 -- the sequel to 2014's Ride Along -- is a buddy action-comedy starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. Expect tons of gravity- and death-defying action (explosions, destructive chases, shoot-outs, etc.) and humorous banter, the latter with a fair bit of swearing (including "s--t" and "ass"). There's also partying, social drinking, and allusions to cocaine smuggling, as well as plenty of innuendo -- plus scenes in which a woman entices her fiance to bed by wearing skimpy clothes and flashing cleavage.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byFanBoyJosh314 January 16, 2016

Heartless sequel

The sequel to the original Ride Along is a heartless, hollow sequel that squanders what little charm one could glean from the original.

Violence - A man holds... Continue reading
Parent of a 7 and 11-year-old Written byMzBernal84 June 3, 2016
Kid, 12 years old February 18, 2016

Pretty good for a sequel

If you watch superhero movies violence is not strong if you're new to stuff like this it wil be kinda strong there is also some sex that includes mostly s... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 30, 2020

amazing sequel, super funny

kevin hart comes out with another funny and clever film. sequel is very funny and has violence and language. great movie, you need to watch it especially if you... Continue reading

What's the story?

A week before his wedding, Atlanta probationary cop Ben Barber (Kevin Hart and his soon-to-be brother-in-law, veteran detective James Payton (Ice Cube), head to Miami on a mission to take down  crime boss Antonio Pope (Benjamin Bratt), who's leading a double life as a legitimate Miami businessman. Convincing everyone else that Pope isn't what he seems may prove difficult. And it's unclear whether the guys can trust the hacker (Ken Jeong) who's double-crossed Pope and is now working with them. A local cop (Olivia Munn) might be able to help, but will she be enough to take on an entire crime syndicate?

Is it any good?

The original Ride Along smoothed over some of its many inconsistencies with the chemistry between its two leads; RIDE ALONG 2 doubles down on this formula, but it's wearing thin. Watching Hart and Cube develop into possible brothers-in-law in the first movie was reason enough to, yes, ride along with the thin plot. But this time around, Hart's Ben Barber doesn't seem to have gained any competency -- which would be fine, except the film relies on this cliche too many times. (Nonetheless, Hart still manages to squeeze some laughs out of the passable script.)

Adding Jeong to the equation mixes up the dynamic, but not by much. And Munn is a welcome addition, but the cast's considerable talents -- they're just fun to watch onscreen -- are wasted in this underwhelming sequel.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Ride Along 2. How does the movie's comedic tone affect its impact? Are all types of media violence created equal?

  • How is this movie different from, or similar to, other buddy comedies? Which are your favorites, and why?

  • Why do you think Ben puts up with his future brother-in-law's disdain? Does that seem realistic?

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