Universal Pictures and Kevin Hart will ring in the New Year in 2016 with Ride Along 2, the sequel to the 2014 box office hit action/comedy Ride Along - a movie that pairs Hart with Ice Cube. Ride Along 2 picks up with no-nonsense Atlanta cop James Payton (Cube) and new police officer Ben Barber (Hart) - who's soon to be married to Ben's sister, Angela (Tika Sumpter) - as the pair head down to Miami, on a mission to take down Pope (Benjamin Bratt): a drug lord who's been supplying the local dealers in their home state.
Joining in the fun for the second Ride Along installment are such names as Ken Jeong (Community, Dr. Ken), Olivia Munn (The Newsroom, X-Men: Apocalypse), Tyrese Gibson (Fast & Furious 7), and Nadine Velazquez (The League), among others. Ride Along director Tim Story was at the helm of the sequel, and you can watch the film's latest theatrical trailer, above.
The second trailer for Ride Along 2, like its previously-released theatrical preview, paints the movie as being your average sequel - a film that foremost aspires to be bigger (and thus, in theory, funnier and more entertaining) than its predecessor, in other words. Here, that includes doubling-down on scenes of Hart doing his comedy schtick (see the extended trailer clip of Ben and James talking ringtones with one of Pope's girlfriends) and bringing in more famous names for Hart to play off of.
In addition, screenwriters Greg Coolidge and Phil Hays appear to have included even more riffs on past famous entries in the buddy cop genre (see the Bad Boys references in the trailers) with the Ride Along sequel. Of course, while Ride Along 2 may throw even more jokes at the wall than its predecessor, that doesn't necessarily mean it will be better - though, it doesn't exactly have a high bar to clear as far as action/comedy standards go, in this case. Still, it's probably safe to assume this will be less the next 22 Jump Street and more the next... well, generic action/comedy followup, probably.
However, with all that in mind, there's no denying the strength of Kevin Hart's comedy brand; not all of his movies reach the levels of his comedy team-ups efforts Ride Along and Get Hard, but films like The Wedding Ringer, About Last Night, and Think Like a Man Too have further proven Hart's reliability as a consistent draw at the box office. Ride Along 2 shouldn't end up being a black mark on his commercial track record either, seeing as it will provide some comedy counter-programming to the more serious fare debuting over its opening frame (see: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, The 5th Wave).
... Though, for our money, the more promising of Hart's two buddy comedy romps in 2016 is definitely Central Intelligence (costarring Dwayne Johnson), which arrives near the start of summer-time. Moving on...
Ride Along 2 opens in U.S. theaters on January 15th, 2016.
Source: Universal Pictures