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Variety | 'Ride Along 2' Review

Variety

About halfway through the sequel to Universal’s 2014 hit “Ride Along,” there comes a moment when Kevin Hart must sift through a trashcan and take a bite of some discarded nachos, though not before reaching in and picking out a large clump of hair. Like many of the gags on display here — say, Ken Jeong indulging in cyber-foreplay with a girl dressed as a giant mouse, or Ice Cube’s car blowing up — the scene serves no particular narrative purpose. But it does supply a fairly spot-on metaphor: Hart is the audience, the trashcan is the month of January, and the tray of refried slop and congealed cheese being ingested is “Ride Along 2,” another tired, witless and potentially lucrative attempt to spin an exhausted buddy-cop template into action-comedy gold. If you’re wondering what the hair represents, you’re already giving the movie more thought than anyone else has.

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