It’s just like its predecessor, in that both seem destined for heavy rotation on TNT, to be half-watched for a few minutes at a time by channel-surfers and laundry-folders. That’s probably the best way to ingest this good-naturedly dumb action comedy, as prolonged exposure may cause irritation. In this installment, mean-faced police detective James Payton (Ice Cube) is again paired with his sister's pocket-sized screech owl of a fiancé, Ben (Kevin Hart), now fresh out of the academy and eager to prove he’s a great cop. (He's actually dangerously inept, but he’ll fall ass-backwards into success anyway.) A chatterbox hacker-turned-informant (Ken Jeong) and a no-nonsense lady detective (Olivia Munn) are thankfully added to the mix as they seek to bring down a Miami kingpin, giving James and Ben someone new to spar with, and letting someone other than Kevin Hart be a pest for once. Returning director Tim Story and writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi score a few laughs amid the formulaic car chases and shootouts, and the rest passes amiably.
Director: Tim Story
Producer: Will Packer, Ice Cube, Matt Alvarez, Larry Brezner, Nicolas Stern, Ron Muhammad, Scott Bernstein, Chris Bender and JC Spink
Cast: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn, Ken Jeong, Bruce McGill, Michael Rose, Sherri Shepherd, Eric Goins, Carlos Gómez, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Glen Powell, Nadine Velazquez, Bresha Webb, Jessica Bialick, Michelle Pieroway, Shelby Courtney, James Kelly, Robert Pralgo and Tyrese Gibson