Confession: I'm addicted to Real Husbands of Hollywood on BET. It's my not-so-guilty weekly pleasure, and I will make no excuses for it. It takes the ridiculousness of those annoying "a day in the life" reality TV shows and disguises it with a scripted sitcom that finally showcases the talent of its main star and co-producer comedian Kevin Hart.
So having binge watched many of the episodes, I've kinda developed an obsession with Kevin Hart (who also headlined last year's hilarious comedy concert film, Let Me Explain, which you need to see if you haven't already). Anyway, Hart tries to continue his Hollywood reign this year with a starring role in Grudge Match, alongside Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro, and RIDE ALONG, a new comedy in theaters January 17th. Here's more information on the latter:
Cast: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, Bryan Callen and Laurence Fishburne
Directed by: Tim Story
Screenplay by: Greg Coolidge and Jason Mantzoukas and Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi
Story by: Greg Coolidge
Produced by: Will Packer, Ice Cube, Matt Alvarez, Larry Brezner
Executive Producers: Nicolas Stern, Ron Muhammad, Chris Bender, JC Spink
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube lead the lineup in Ride Along, the new film from the director and the producer of the blockbuster comedy Think Like a Man. When a fast-talking guy joins his girlfriend's brother—a hot-tempered cop—to patrol the streets of Atlanta, he gets entangled in the officer's latest case. Now, in order to prove that he deserves his future bride, he must survive the most insane 24 hours of his life.
For the past two years, high-school security guard Ben (Hart) has been trying to show decorated APD detective James (Cube) that he's more than just a video-game junkie who's unworthy of James' sister, Angela (Tika Sumpter). 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.
John Leguizamo and Laurence Fishburne join the cast of the action-comedy directed by Tim Story. Ride Along is produced by Will Packer (Think Like a Man), alongside Ice Cube, Matt Alvarez (Barbershop) and Larry Brezner (Good Morning, Vietnam).
Honestly, this sounds a bit like several other films before. But I'll probably end up seeing it anyway, because Hart is hilarious and he's with a pretty great cast. Universal Pictures just released a few new images from the film. Check 'em out:
Who else is a Kevin Hart fan?