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Are We Done Yet?
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07.31.2007 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Steve Carr

Actors:
Ice Cube
Nia Long
John C. McGinley

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Join Nick Persons and his clan once more as they move from the city only to encounter a house held together by glue, animated critters, and John C. McGinley.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
As I sat down to write this review, I put on the N.W.A. album Straight Outta Compton and thought of the better days of Ice Cube; the days when a paycheck was the result of something meaningful and not a humiliatingly bad sequel with a script that 1988-Cube wouldn’t spit on. Are We Done Yet? begins with a National Lampoon’s-esque opening credits sequence with an animated Ice Cube (Nick Persons, a Clark Griswold knockoff) pouncing about the screen with various tools. From there, the fun never starts.

I didn’t see Are We There Yet?, the 2005 road trip predecessor to this godawful movie that as of July 2007 sits at #40 on the IMDb’s Bottom 100. Though it may not deserve to be on that particular list, it’s likely to poke its one-joke self onto a record number of 10 Worst lists in December.

The “humor” in the former AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted’s latest is based solely on physical humor…that is if your style of humor rests with a entire toolshed of objects whacking a so-called sports enthusiast in the head. By the way, I say “so-called” because Cube’s sportswriter fails to call another character out on the claim that Magic Johnson and the LA Lakers played in the 1986 finals (it was actually the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics).

The actors portraying Persons’ family have all returned, from his bratty kids (Philip Bolden and Aleisha Allen) to his lovely wife (Nia Long). The clan, for far-fetched reasons withheld by the screenwriters, is unnaturally tolerant of a goofy John C. McGinley’s Chuck Mitchell, Jr. (think Richard Simmons on uppers), who suffers from some sort of incurable personality disorder, as with the switch of a hat goes from real estate agent to “baby whisperer.” Other additions to the sequel from hell are enough peculiar computer-generated animals to fill a virtual San Diego Zoo, including a screeching shark and a talking raccoon.

I’ve spent most of this review describing characters, the scenarios they’ve put themselves into, and the hey-day of a pioneering rap group. If that wasn’t enough to steer you away, I’ll spell it out: don’t see this movie and certainly don’t let your kids. The whole family is better off being riddled by a machinegun filled with rusty nails. Though, for the sake of one-and-a-half stars, there is some enjoyment to be found with Are We Done Yet?—so long as you’re daydreaming of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House or The Money Pit.
THE EXTRAS
KIDding Around on the Set: Making Are We Done Yet? (6:50): The kids of the movie (Philip Bolden and Aleisha Allen) wander around the set to show off the wardrobe and their tutors. Enthralling stuff here.

The Bloopers (3:06) are, as you’ve guessed by now, unfunny.

Film Quiz: Philip Bolden (who plays son Kevin) hosts the 9-question Are We Done Yet? multiple choice film quiz. Can you beat my Carpenter score of 6 correct answers? If so, you’ll own your very own DVD copy of Are We Done Yet? courtesy of me!

Chuck Mitchell, Jr.: Jack of all Trades (5:08) is a featurette that serves as a “study” of John C. McGinley’s certifiably insane character.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you liked Are We There Yet?, your bizarre curiosity may be roused by this sequel. If you avoided it like Cube has avoided a respectable career, then there's no point in cracking now.

Note: So my reviewing this movie wasn't a complete waste of time, entertain me by e-mailing you and your loved ones conquering the quiz feature.
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