‘Ride Along 2’ is a fun, little journey (Our grade: C+)

This photo provided by Universal Pictures shows, Ice Cube, left, as James Payton and Kevin Hart as Ben Barber in a scene from the film, "Ride Along 2." The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Jan. 15, 2016. (Quantrell D. Colbert/Universal Pictures via AP)

This photo provided by Universal Pictures shows, Ice Cube, left, as James Payton and Kevin Hart as Ben Barber in a scene from the film, “Ride Along 2.” The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Jan. 15, 2016. (Quantrell D. Colbert/Universal Pictures via AP)

Katie Walsh – Tribune News Service

Watching the “Ride Along” films is an exercise in succumbing to Kevin Hart’s manic charms. By the end, it’s most likely you’ll be laughing at the antics of the bite-sized comic — whose style is reminiscent of an overenthusiastic puppy nipping at your ankles — even if you’re not sure why.

This is why Ice Cube is the perfect audience proxy as Hart’s tough and taciturn counterpart; while he initially wants to bat the irritating pup away, Hart’s persistence and moxie are difficult to resist.

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