Tim Story, who helmed the first two Fantastic Four movies, is likely more recognized for his comedic work with Barbershop and Think Like a Man, so its fitting that he’s reteaming with one of his Think buddies — the hardworking funnyman Kevin Hart — for an Odd Couple outing about a security guard (Hart) who goes on a ride along with his girlfriend’s cop brother (Ice Cube) in order to prove he’s worthy of marrying into the family.
Ride Along kicks off a Hart offensive at the multiplexes with About Last Night, Think Like a Man Too and School Dance to follow (and that’s not counting his third-billing support in Grudge Match from December). This is the kind of shock and awe escalation of branding that makes Eddie Murphy’s 1980s run seem quaint by comparison. Opens wide Jan. 17. (PG-13) Not screened in time for review