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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Some swearing, including "ass," "bulls--t," "bitch," "damn," and "pissed."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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