Reuniting the soon to be brothers-in-law Ben Barber (Kevin Hart) and James Peyton (21 Jump Street‘s Ice Cube), the footage sends the bumbling duo on a mission to the sun-kissed streets of Miami, and things get ridiculous in the best possible way. Striking all the chords of your standard buddy cop movie – over-the-top action and internal quarrelling – Ride Along 2 even features a wink and a nudge toward Universal’s Fast and the Furious franchise, replete with a well-timed cameo of its own.
Though the first film will go down as a critical dud, Universal, spurred by a $154 million turnover at the box office, is placing its faith in Hart and Cube once again for the sequel. Action comedies have traditionally been a difficult butterfly to pin, but one need only look to the release of 22 Jump Street to discover a genre sequel that hits all the right action and comedy beats.
Directed by Tim Story, Ride Along 2 brings together an expanded cast in the form of Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn, Bruce McGill, Sherri Shepherd and Tika Sumpter, who plays Ben Barber’s soon bride-to-be, Angela.
Ride Along 2 blasts into theaters on January 15, 2016.
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube lead the returning lineup of Ride Along 2, the sequel to the blockbuster action-comedy that gave us the year’s most popular comedy duo. Joining Hart and Cube for the next chapter of the series are director Tim Story, as well as Cube’s fellow producers—Will Packer, Matt Alvarez and Larry Brezner—who will produce alongside Cube.