Ride Along- -
For the past two years, high-school security guard Ben has been trying to show decorated APD detective James that he's more than just a video-game junkie who's unworthy of James' sister, Angela. 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 is about the lengths that a man will go to for a woman. In this plot, Ben joins his broth-in-law on a 24-hour patrol through Atlanta to prove that he is worthy of marrying the Cop’s sister. This is a rough action movie and is not appropriate for younger members of the audience. This is not a family move according to this parental guide to the movies.
This move is about what it is like to be a police officer in the rougher parts of Atlanta for 24-hours. At first, Ben thinks that it is going to be a fun ride, but he soon finds that Atlanta police officers face serious business. This movie is a sequence of scenarios that they face as they do their shift. It has a soft-touchy feely side where both men gain respect for one another and develop a bond. I am going to spoil the plot, yes, he gets the girl, but you probably already figured that out.
As for family movie status, this one fails miserably. Guns are drawn and shot in almost every scene. There are people punched and you do see bodies flying after they are shot. There is not a lot of close up gore, but the suggestion is there. They did not show enough blood to be considered an R. This is a technique that we are seeing frequently in recent movies. If this is not enough, there are references to “getting the hammer” and other frolics between these soon-to-be-newlyweds.
This movie will take you places that you never thought a 13 year old should go. They will have a full understanding of what happens in the local gentlemen’s club after this one. There are plenty of women who are avid followers of the minimalist movement in their clothing style. There is little need to go into full detail of the rest of the content after this one.
This movie is supposed to combine comedy with action. The brother-in-law plays the straight cop and the main character plays the comedic interlude. The movie is supposed to focus on the failed attempts of the brother to be a real cop. However, the humor is lost amidst the violence and accidents in the movie. In several places, there are gun accidents that are presented as humorous. It is questionable as to why the MPAA allowed this movie to be classified as a PG-13, it is closer to an R in more than one respect. This is not a kid’s movie and it is not appropriate for the entire family.