RIDE ALONG (Universal, 2014) D: Tim Story, w/ Ice Cube, Kevin Hart. Rating: NN; Blu-ray package: NNN Rating: NN
Director Tim Story is explicit in the extras: Ride Along is Training Day remade as a comedy. If you haven't seen that first-rate buddy-cop thriller, check it out.
Ride Along's spin on the story is that wannabe cop Ben (Kevin Hart) will ride with hard-ass detective James (Ice Cube) in order to prove that he's worthy of marrying James's sister (Tika Sumpter). But James detests him and sets him up to fail.
Some of the situations get a chuckle or two, but the repeated business of Hart pumping out empty bravado while Cube looks on in disgust gets old fast.
Apart from a few of lines for Sumpter and John Leguizamo, a cop, nobody but Hart and Cube gets to be funny, but Laurence Fishburne shows up late in the picture to up the ante with an energizing turn as a crime lord.
Along with praise for the two stars and Hart's on-set antics, the extras offer a look at the stunts and effects work. Director Story points up all the buddy-cop genre conventions he follows, and cites another key source: 48 Hrs., arguably the best such movie ever made.
EXTRAS Director commentary, nine making-of docs, gag reel, alternate ending, more. English, Spanish audio. English, French, Spanish subtitles.