For the past two years, high-school security guard Ben (Kevin Hart) has been trying to show decorated APD detective James (Ice Cube) that he’s more than just a video-game junkie who’s unworthy of James’ sister, Angela (Tika Sumpter of Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, television’s The Have and Have Nots). When Ben finally gets accepted into the academy, he thinks he’s earned the seasoned policeman’s respect and asks for his blessing to marry Angela.
Knowing that a ride along will demonstrate if Ben has what it takes to take care of his sister, James invites him on a shift designed to scare the hell out of the trainee. But when the wild night leads them to the most notorious criminal in the city, James will find that his new partner’s rapid-fire mouth is just as dangerous as the bullets speeding at it.
Ride Along (rated PG-13 for language, adult humor and action; and with a running time of 100 min.) began its journey to the big screen several years ago when writer Greg Coolidge pitched producer Larry Brezner his idea for a buddy comedy.
Recalls Brezner: "I thought that the time was right for Ride Along because it had been a while since I’d seen an action-comedy like 48 Hours, Trading Places-those classic buddy comedies that work so well with two people in conflicted situations just being funny."
Brezner offers what draws so many of us to the genre and why comedy can juxtapose so well into action: "The great thing about this type of movie is that the action doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s faster. It means that there’s action going on that provides life-threatening tension. In this world where there’s a lot of tension and things are exploding, the most mundane conversation can be the funniest conversation of all."
Although the project was in development for a few years at another studio, it would take just the right combination of cast and filmmakers to reunite several longtime friends with some fresh new comedic faces, including actor and producer Ice Cube, director Tim Story and stand up comedian/actor Kevin Hart.
—taken from the production notes of Ride Along, courtesy of Universal Films