Sunday, January 5, 2014
Ride Along for the further adventures of American Racism- and Sexism
Here's yet another movie made by black people to exploit every stereotype white people have of black people. In other words, a movie in which intelligent African-Americans who really ought to know better (or care more) exploit racist white people and stupid African-Americans, and all so that a tiny handful of already rich African-Americans and already rich whites can stick a few more dollars in their pockets. Awesome.
We have the surly, tough-talking blacks and the screechy, bug-eyed blacks, competing for the right to make our ribs split with laughter because OMG Did You Hear What He Just Said ROTFLMAO!! We have witless banter and (I'm quite certain) endless car chases. We have situations which make sense to white people only if we assume that This Is Just The Way Blacks Are, and which make no sense to black people but Hey It's Just Fantasy So It's Funny.
Oh, and we have a nice undercurrent of misogyny as a major (THE major?) plot device- why does the protagonist need the permission of his girlfriend's brother to marry her? Why does he have to pass some test of Worthiness devised by said brother in order to win the "right" to wed her? If I were this guy, I'd remind her brother that she's an independent human being and not his property. What Freaking Century Is This Anyway??
Then again, if Hollywood was willing to accept that this is the 21st century, it would have to stop spooning out blackspoitation crap like Ride Along. So we'd better just buckle in and get ready for what I'm sure will be just the first installment of a billion-dollar (ok, maybe quarter-billion dollar) franchise. It's going to be a very long decade....