It was January two years ago when "Ride Along" hit theaters. It wasn't particularly good, but it was particularly successful. So we get a sequel that follows the same buddy-cop formula but manages to be even more formulaic.

It was January two years ago when "Ride Along" hit theaters. It wasn't particularly good, but it was particularly successful. So we get a sequel that follows the same buddy-cop formula but manages to be even more formulaic.

Not that anyone is expecting an action-comedy to break new ground, but "Ride Along 2" tries to be too much of both sides of the equation. So it's a mediocre action movie or a sporadically funny comedy. Neither one is a great option.

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube return as the geeky wannabe cop and the super badass detective, only now Hart's character is actually a cop - albeit an entry-level one - and he's on a real case, not a fake adventure gone wrong.

So basically it follows every buddy cop cliche without the only semblance of a twist the first movie had going for it. To quote Danny Glover in "Lethal Weapon," I'm getting too old for this shit.

Hart has carved out a nice niche for himself, and if you like his act, that's pretty much all that you'll get in the way of laughs - even more sporadic than in the original. Ice Cube also plays gruff, which is easier to digest if you have "Straight Outta Compton" more in your memory than "Are We There Yet?"

The shame of it is that the two leads have good chemistry together - along with some decent support from Ken Jeong and Olivia Munn - but they're stuck in a paint-by-numbers cop story that spends more time on its twists than being funny.