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Running Time:
1 hour, 30 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for language and rude humor

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Inane, irritating, but Ice Cube makes it innocuous.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Blooper reel; Deleted scene; A tour of Nick's fine sports collectibles; Play games!*; Road Trippin' - The making of Are We There Yet?; Storyboard comparisons; Director's commentary.



Are We There Yet?
The story concerns Nick (Ice Cube), owner of a Portland sports memorabilia shop who dislikes kids intensely; and his attempt to woo an attractive single mom (Nia Long). He offers to transport her two insufferable children to Vancouver from Oregon when her job strands her up there on New Year's Eve. To make things worse, the children dearly wish to get their parents back together, so they systematically sabotage any relationship their mother might enter into. The two kids - seven-year-old Kevin (Philip Bolden) and eleven-year-old Lindsey (Aleisha Allen) were stuck in a script that gave them little to do except to be obnoxious. They are petty, and loud, and evil, and not only do we not blame Nick for wanting to leave them by the side of the road, or maybe even kill them, but we don't believe him when, at the end of the film, he starts making impassioned speeches about how much he has enjoyed their time together. This sad attempt at comedy filmmaking was directed by Brian Levant (Snow Dogs) combines elements of two of John Hughes’ somewhat succesful earlier comedies, the schmaltzy “Dutch,” from 1991 and “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” that starred Steve Martin and John Candy in 1987. The only surprise in this mildly entertaining comedy is that the title phrase was almost never used; but you'll probably be saying to yourself more than once, "is it over yet?"






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