As buddy movies go, this is strictly formulaic fare but it elicits a few laughs along the way thanks to the relentless goofing of Kevin Hart, the diminutive, motor-mouthed actor-comedian also recently seen in the Stallone/De Niro vehicle Grudge Match.
Hart plays a hapless, video game-obsessed security guard with dreams of becoming a cop. He is desperate to impress his girlfriend's brother, the hard-bitten, loner cop Ice Cube.
A hugely derivative screenplay mashes up elements from Training Day, Rush Hour, 48 Hrs, Midnight Run and all the other films bringing sworn enemies together in a car. Hart's energy and flair for slapstick at least stop Ride Along from ever quite stalling completely.