After the events of the first movie, Ride Along, Kevin Hart's character Ben Barber is fresh out of the Academy and shadowing his brother-in-law (Ice Cube as Detective James Payton). During an undercover operation, James and Ben find some evidence that leads them to a drug lord in Miami. From here the story takes off into a hilarious buddy cop film.
The movie is action packed and quite funny, and it manages to avoid many of the normal cliches you find in sequels. The plot is so original to the story that if the first movie didn't exist it could still hold up on its own. There are a few nods to the first film, yet the jokes would still be able to land even if the audience had no prior knowledge of them. Ice Cube's straight man to Kevin Hart's comedic antics make for a classic and workable buddy scenario.
The addition of what can be summed up as an exceptionally funny supporting cast makes it even more worthwhile. Olivia Munn joins as Miami detective Maya Cruz, a character who has a few similarities to Payton. Ken Jeong adds to the hilarity as a Hacker named A.J. and Benjamin Bratt trades in his usual law enforcing character for the role of the film's antagonist. Bruce McGill and Tika Sumpter also return from the first film but are not as present. The movie is also rich with practical and fun cameos.
Personally I enjoyed the movie, even more so than the first. I'm not usually a big Kevin Hart fan but somehow he has managed to change my mind solely through his performance in this film. The comedy was ripe with flavor and knee-slapping moments, and I couldn't stop laughing. The plot of the story was really good as well, and instead of trying to recreate the first movie, director Tim Story gives us a film that expands on the characters we initially fell in love with.
For more good reasons to see this film check out this awesome trailer from Universal Pictures and be sure to check out Ride Along 2 in theaters January 15th, 2016!