Ben Barber (Hart) is a high-school security guard who, for the past two years, has been trying to prove to APD Detective James Payton (Cube) that he is more than just a video-game addict and is the perfect man for James' sister, Angela (Tika Sumpter).
Ben has been dreaming of joining the force, so when he is accepted into the Police Academy, he is thrilled and thinking he has finally earned James' respect, he asks for his blessing to propose to Angela. James, however, is not impressed, believing no one is good enough for his sister. So in a bid to deter Ben from popping the question, he invites him on a ride along and promises that if he proves himself a worthy cop he will agree to the couple getting married.
James pre-arranges the shift-from-hell for Ben - but when their crazy call-outs lead them to the most notorious criminal in Atlanta it's up to fast-talking Ben to save the day.
Don't be surprised if you find yourself thinking about classic Eddie Murphy cop movies while watching Ride Along: Hart is doing his level best to live-up to the comedic giant, but this film is just not funny. The jokes are bad, the script is predictable and Hart's try-hard character is very irritating. It's a pity, as Hart definitely has leading-man potential; he just hasn't hit on the right project to showcase his talents.
Cube never really strays from his stern, furrowed brow default mode, and as a result there is very little chemistry between the two leads. John Leguizamo and Bryan Callen are completely wasted as underdeveloped supporting characters, and we are just not told enough about Angela to care whether she lives or dies.
Apparently, Ride Along has done so well Stateside that they are making a Ride Along 2. If Hart has any sense he will stay well clear of that one.