Instead, I found RIDE ALONG to be a pretty miserable experience. While I’ve never cared for Ice Cube as a leading man, I kinda like Kevin Hart. I caught the first season of THE REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD on Netflix, and it’s pretty hilarious. Hart can be a really funny guy, “can” being the keyword. He’s also a pretty ‘R-rated” guy, and the makers of RIDE ALONG haven’t done him any favors by shoehorning him into a family-friendly PG-13 movie.
As such, the explosive Hart we know from his standup is mostly absent. Watching him here is like watching Eddie Murphy in any of the ill-advised family comedies he’s been making for the last twenty years. Clearly Hart is better than the material, but – to me anyways – there just wasn’t enough laughs to really make this work. On an action level, RIDE ALONG isn’t especially memorable either, with lots of generic gunfights, and a jokey performance by Laurence Fishburne as a baddie who lacks any real menace. Then again, this raked in the dough so what do I know?
Feature Commentary: Director Tim Story (FANTASTIC FOUR) contributes a soft-spoken commentary track. Doesn’t it seem like every film these days gets a commentary?
Gag Reel: Hart fans will be especially happy for this five-minute collection of flubbed lines and outtakes. Some of the stuff here is funnier than the movie.
It Was a Good Day: On the Set of RIDE ALONG: This is just your typical twelve-minute EPK on the shooting of the film, with lots of canned interviews from the principals and a soft-spoken Story.
Atlanta: The Character: This is basically a quick offshoot of the EPK focusing on the location shooting in Atlanta.
Alternate Ending: This is a very-sequel friendly ending featuring Hart’s police academy graduation, where he’s picked-up by Cube, and asked if he’s “ready to catch some bad guys?”
Deleted Scenes: Just a short collection of deleted scenes, all of which are pretty inconsequential and added up to less than ten minutes cumulatively.
Kev & Cube’s Wild Ride: This is another featurette focusing on Cube and Hart’s on-screen chemistry, with everyone acting like the two are a buddy pair-up for the ages. Not sure I agree. Riggs and Murtagh they are not.
You’re Gonna Learn Today: Another short featurette, dedicated to Hart’s improv skills, which seem shackled by the PG-13. There’s a funny bit at the beginning when Hart says, “script? Who needs a script?” Given the movie, I’m inclined to agree with him.
Anatomy of the Big Blast: YET ANOTHER short featurette, detailing the big explosion that happens at the climax of the movie’s big action setpiece.
An Explosive Ride: I know, I know. Doesn’t this disc seem low on featurettes? Despite the other half-dozen here, this is YET ANOTHER one, detailing the stunts and action scenes.