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Are We There Yet?

Released: 2005

Genre: Kids & Family

Runtime: 1 hr 32 min

MPAA Rating: PG

Director: Brian Levant

Starring: Ice Cube, Nia Long

When Nick falls for single mother Suzanne, he initially doesn't have to worry about what her kids think of him because she just wants to "be friends." Undeterred by this statement- or his buddies, who dog him for loitering in the stalking-friend zone- Nick keeps hanging around. So when Suzanne finds herself in a jam and needs someone to escort her kids to meet her in Vancouver for New Year's Eve, Nick gladly opens the door for opportunity. It could be the best way to win her heart or the biggest mistake of his life.

It's a silly comedy that provides plenty of laughs for those in the audienceю

Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 7 years ago

Nick Persons (Ice Cube, in only talented performance in the film) is a sweet bachelor who detests kids with a passion. A small business owner, Nick's new pride and joy is a big and shiny new SUV. As you can guess, the recurring joke in ARE WE THERE YET? is the continuing destruction of the SUV by the kids, Lindsey and Kevin Kingston (Aleisha Allen and Philip Bolden), that Nick suddenly finds himself transporting on a long car ride to help out his new girlfriend, Suzanne Kingston (Nia Long).

Although the film contains pratfalls aplenty and dumb humor around every corner, it's a silly comedy that provides plenty of laughs for those in the audience who are in the single digits or who can make like they are. Nick's comic sidekick is a talking bobble head doll of Satchel Paige (voiced by John Witherspoon).

Before Nick reluctantly begins his journey with the two hellions, he is heard to remark that kids are "like cockroaches, except you can't squoosh 'em." He almost doesn't get involved with Suzanne at all after he realizes that "She's a breeder!" But some good-lookers come packed with children, so he accepts his fate and tries to make the best of having to deal with Suzanne's challenging brood.

The only surprise in this mildly cute comedy? The title phrase was almost never said.

ARE WE THERE YET? runs 1:32. It is rated PG for "language and rude humor" and would be acceptable for all ages.

My niece Liana, age 8, had one of the best times that I've ever see her have at the movies. She laughed long and often. She said that her favorite part was the way the kids treated (read tormented) the guy.