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2.25

Awesome: 12.5%
Worth A Look: 0%
Average: 0%
Pretty Bad75%
Total Crap: 12.5%

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Ride (1998)
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by Greg Muskewitz

"The music, like the movie, provides little desire to watch or listen on."
2 stars

Ride is another one of those rowdy road trips focusing on a black group of wannabe music superstars.

The idea, or at least plot going on here is for an obsequious intern Melissa De Sousa to transport a busload of a rapper's friends from New York City to Miami. There's a stereotypical mix of every kind, and I feel no need to include an enumeration, but it is suffice to say that there is little to nothing ignored. Maybe the writer/director Millicent Shelton thought that by having the inclusion of all these 31-plus flavors, that it will be enough to discount or run low on character development, but instead sets his movie that much further back because not only is the development missing from a couple of characters, but all of them. And none of them are particularly conducive or easy to warm up to. The only two to really achieve any kind of welcomed histrionics is brought by Malik Yoba as Poppa, and Kellie Shanygne Williams from TV's "Family Matters." Yoba manages an easy likability, mostly because of the responsibility his character emanates, and he is a good enough actor to buy in this role. Williams is lesser so, but still is somewhat believable and not nearly as over-dramatic as the rest of the cast. None of the humor is channeled to be funny like it should be (and there is plenty of unused potential by John Witherspoon and Cedric the Entertainer). Instead this is the stereotyped, artificial version of Get on the Bus. It in no way is a comical counterpart. Even the music, like the movie itself, provides little desire to watch, or listen on.

Final Verdict: C-.

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6/06/09 sriraj 200 days 5 stars
3/27/04 ROY L. CAIN,JR. What's with the white boy who wants to be black? N***** please! 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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