Kevin Hart boosts buddy-cops formula in ‘Ride Along’

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Ride Along

Maybe it’s talking like he’s stuck on fast-forward that helps Kevin Hart squeeze in so much screen work these days. The runty, motor-mouthed comedian’s latest movie comes sandwiched between the stand-up film “Let Me Explain,” a couple of recent studio comedies, and a bevy of 2014 releases. But if all that yammering has had mixed results (it wasn’t nearly enough to ignite “Grudge Match,” for example), at least it gives a boost to the familiar buddy-cops formula of “Ride Along.”

Actually, cop-and-wannabe formula is more like it. Hart plays a security guard and combat videogame obsessive who plans to marry and become a real policeman. Neither idea sits well with his prospective brother-in-law (Ice Cube).

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