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Are We Done Yet?

Released: 2007

Genre: Kids & Family

Runtime: 1 hr 26 min

MPAA Rating: PG

Director: Steve Carr

Starring: Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen, Philip Bolden, Tahj Mowry, John C. McGinley

A film is both a remake of the classic Cary Grant comedy Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (previously re-made as The Money Pit) and a sequel to 2005's hit comedy Are We There Yet?

The cast is fine, but the movie itself most certainly isn't.

Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 7 years ago

In the kids' comedy ARE WE DONE YET?, the sequel to the better ARE WE THERE YET?, Ice Cube and Nia Long again star as a couple named Nick Persons and Suzanne Kingston. And repeating their parts as the kids from Suzanne's previous marriage, Aleisha Allen and Philip Bolden play Lindsey and Kevin Kingston. The cast is fine, but the movie itself most certainly isn't.

Without a single original moment, the movie is very loosely based on MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE, a 1948 film which starred Cary Grant and Myrna Loy.

With a long stream of pratfalls, the predictable film concerns the purchase of a big house in the country by city folks. Although it looks picture perfect, everything in it begins to fall apart even before the family buys it.

The script, which is attributed to Hank Nelken (SAVING SILVERMAN), has all of the markings of something put together with a few dozen lines of Java code:

See food -> spill it.

See a wall -> break a hole in it.

See a floor -> fall through it.

See glass -> shatter it.

You get the idea. You could write the code yourself. Other pieces of the software would include the automatic generation of the remark, "I can fix that," spoken by Nick after almost every problem with the house. He can't by the way, which is the story's running and very unfunny joke.

In a performance certain to drive you nuts, John C. McGinley plays the insufferable Chuck Mitchell Jr., a man who is responsible -- or actually not so responsible -- for every job in the small town near the house that Nick buys. The ever-obnoxious Chuck is the city inspector ready to cut off the power to Nick's house, but Chuck is also the only contractor licensed to repair the items he condemns. And, to add insult to injury -- your injury that is, Chuck, in a gooey and god-awful last act, is turned instantly into a sympathetic character, whose life story is designed to tug at your heart.

The best thing that can be said about ARE WE DONE YET? is that, except for Chuck's character, the rest of the movie is inoffensive, bland and forgettable.

ARE WE DONE YET? runs 1:26. It is rated PG for "some innuendos and brief language" and would be acceptable for all ages.

My nephew William, age 12, and his sister Liana, age 10, both gave the film ****, which is what they give almost every movie. Although they usually differ in what part of a picture they like best, this time they both said that their favorite scene was the one in which Suzanne gives birth to twins while Nick passes out.