Ride Along (2014)

In addition to seeing an advanced screening of Thor: The Dark World (which I really hope all of you get a chance to see very soon!), I also got to see an extra advanced screening of Ride Along, as well as almost touch Ice Cube, the star, and Will Packer, the producer.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SRSLY I ALMOST TOUCHED HIM IT WAS AMAZING.

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Ice Cube and Will Packer are currently screening this movie for a college tour they’re doing. The premise is that Kevin Hart’s character is a security guard who wants to be a cop and wants to marry Ice Cube’s character’s sister. Ice Cube also happens to be a tough cop who doesn’t approve of goofy Kevin Hart.

This movie was HILARIOUS. I did not expect to like it that much at all, but I laughed really hard. I’m not going to give it the same glowing recommendation as I do other movies, but if you like Kevin Hart and/or Ice Cube, this is DEFINITELY a good movie to check out.

Reasons to see this movie:

  • You like to laugh.
  • You like Ice Cube.
  • You like Kevin Hart.
  • You’re a gamer (especially one who plays shooters)
  • You like opposites-attract buddy cop movies (e.g. The Other Guys, The Heat)

Lots of laughs, but you’ll have to wait until January for this one.

The Heat

I went to see The Heat on a whim this weekend. When I first saw the trailers for the film a few months ago, I didn’t think too much of it. Buddy cop movie with Sandra Bullock playing some kind of twisted version of her Miss Congeniality character and Melissa McCarthy, who seems to be getting typecast as this type of brash, less than savory character in many of her silver screen roles. I thought it would be funny but didn’t think that many people would care. It has, however, gotten some good press, and I’m hearing everyone from my younger brother to Harry Shum Jr. recommend the film to others.

SO. Buddy cop film where the twist is female cops. I laughed and laughed. Since it’s the feature debut of a screenwriter, it’s only right that the jokes are great in this movie. I was tickled pink seeing Tom Wilson, best known for playing Biff Tannen et al. in the Back to the Future trilogy. (I was somehow watching The Heat with 2 people who had no idea what I was talking about when I pointed this out. What. Buttheads.) Bullock and McCarthy are also pretty safe bets as far as comedy goes. Their roles didn’t challenge them to portray characters they haven’t portrayed before (Bullock as the uptight and therefore unlikable and therefore lonely Ashburn; McCarthy as loud and brash and messy Mullins) but they are reliable characters that play a reliable foil to each other.

Plotwise, The Heat was pretty predictable. I wasn’t disappointed by the predictability moreso than I was disappointed by how the movie seemed to actually try quite hard to catch you by surprise. Oy.

When a movie like this focuses SO HARD on the two leads, the other characters get really… just blah. You don’t really know why they’re there or what to do with them. I got a little giggle out of seeing “Gina… Jessica Chaffin | Gina’s Boobs… Jessica Chaffin’s Boobs” during the credits and all (and yes, they did merit their own credit line, spilling out of Chaffin’s top for an agonizing minute) but some of the characters just flopped around wanting and deserving more but not getting it: Wilson’s sad and pathetic Boston PD chief, Marlon Wayans as the wannabe romantic opposite to Bullock, Spoken Reasons as the hilarious small-time drug dealer.

I really liked The Heat. I felt like there was potential for much more, but it was really funny. This was a good feature debut for director Katie Dippold (who writes for the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation). There is no reason why anyone should doubt the hilarity of a buddy-cop movie that stars women instead of men. Women are funny, end of discussion.