Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 100 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 14+. This feels like an R-rated movie that got cut down to PG-13, so there’s a lot of cursing and vulgarity, talk about sex and sexual references, some kissing, and lots of non-graphic violence that includes police brutality. It’s all played for laughs, but the movie’s tone is predominantly low-brow.
‘Ride Along’ tries to do what every buddy-cop comedy has done for years: pair up mismatched men and see what happens! Kevin Hart delivers an energetic performance and some laughs, but overall this has all been seen and done before.
By Roxana Hadadi
You have to respect Kevin Hart for how hard he tries. The motor-mouth demeanor the comedian is known for in his standup is all over his acting, too, on display in last month’s “Grudge Match” and again in the buddy comedy “Ride Along.” Sure, it’s overbearing, but the film needs it—something this rife with cliché at least needs some zip, and Hart has that energy. In fact, he may be the only person in this film with any energy at all.