When news of Ride Along 2 broke last year, audiences were promised more action and multiculturalism. The trailer delivers on both fronts, even if the jokes remain stale.
Ben (Kevin Hart) is now a police officer, so naturally he’s been partnered with James (Ice Cube), despite the fact that they are literally fraternizing since Ben is engaged to James’ sister. Ben is still very excitable, making him the yin to James’ stoic yang. Although they don’t really seem to work that well together—Ben blows his cover while they’re hanging with some Fast And The Furious rejects—their lieutenant (Bruce McGill) sends them to Miami on a fact-finding mission to bring down a drug lord (Benjamin Bratt).
Cars race and bullets fly, along with quips like “Good cop, sex cop” from Ken Jeong’s informant character. Then Olivia Munn shows up as Detective Cruz to help mark off some spots on the multicultural bingo card by teaming up with Ben and James. When the trio tries to infiltrate a party, Ben gets smacked by his future brother-in-law for doing a bad Prince Akeem impression—but it’s all in good, explosive, diverse family fun.
Ride Along 2 hits theaters January 15, 2016.