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  • 3.0

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  • 20

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Ride Along, set in Atlanta, gives shoddiness a bad name.

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  • 30

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    Village Voice Amy Nicholson

    Forget going soft — Ride Along proves Ice Cube's got bigger image problems than kiddie movies and Coors Light commercials.

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  • 38

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    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    Time and again, Ride Along comes up with a clichéd setup — and then blows the payoff.

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  • 50

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    At its best, Ride Along is tolerable. At its worst, it borders on insulting.

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  • 50

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    Variety Scott Foundas

    A lazy and listless buddy-cop action-comedy that fades from memory as quickly as its generic title.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Chris Nashawaty

    Hart's exasperated dervish shtick has moments of real live-wire anarchy, including one priceless gag at a firing range. Will it be enough to make Hart a household name? Maybe. But both he and his fans deserve better.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Justin Lowe

    Turns out to be something like a comic riff on "Training Day." Leaning more toward Hart's brand of slightly raunchy humor rather than Ice Cube's equally popular family-friendly fare, the PG-13 film exhibits broad appeal.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Hart is much like Murphy: fast-talking, mischievous and irresistible. He's so confident and good-natured that we see how Angela fell for her pint-sized slacker.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 15+

Odd-couple buddy-cop flick is violent, predictable but fun.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ride Along is a buddy cop comedy with lots of gunplay, fistfights, and car chases, and a few impressive explosions. Some scenes include lots of blood, but the movie's less-than-serious tone makes the action seem less brutal. Expect moderate swearing (mostly variations on "s--t") and some creative sexual innuendo.

  • Families can talk about the movie's take on video game violence. Ben appears to tap into skills he learned playing them, but does the film gloss over any downsides?
  • How does a movie's tone affect the impact of violent content?
  • Was it surprising to learn who the bad guys are? What do you think drove the choices they made?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Even the toughest of us must sometimes learn to trust, and rely upon, others. You might even realize that other people are willing and eager to help out.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Ben clearly loves his fiance, and is willing to do almost anything to win the approval of her stern brother, James. However, James is initially unwilling to give his future brother-in-law a chance, and gives him a very difficult time before he gets to know him. Ride Along doesn't try to portray women in more than a damsels-in-distress role, however. Its sole female character does little more than argue, look pretty, and need rescuing.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Quite a lot of explosions, gunfights, hand-to-hand combat, and other mayhem, which is partly offset by the movie's comedic tone. Some characters get shot, and bleed profusely but don't die. One scene includes thugs threatening a prisoner with a knife. The film also shows a gamer playing violent videogames, which is portrayed as an important source of expertise for a cop-to-be.

  • sex false2

    Sex: No sex or nudity, though there's some passionate kissing. A few scenes feature very colorful innuendo. One character makes numerous references to the size of his penis.

  • language false3

    Language: A moderate amount of swearing, including "bitch," "p---y," "ass" and several variations of "s--t."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: The characters spend much of the movie driving in a Dodge Charger. During a high-speed chase, a cop in sudden need of a vehicle rejects a Toyota Prius, which he disparages as unsuitable for his needs. One character wears a Nike athletic shirt, and is excited to discuss its wicking properties. Several well-known gun manufacturers are mentioned by name.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One quick scene shows people with beers at a party.