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Are We There Yet?
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May 13, 2005 By: Quigles
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Director:
Brian Levant

Actors:
Ice Cube
Nia Long
Jay Mohr

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two kids make a guy trying to impress their mom miserable by inflicting non-stop pain on him. Hilarity is supposed to ensue, but it doesnít.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Look up at the list of actors. If you look carefully, youíll notice something weird. All three leading adult stars have three-letter first names and four-letter last names. That little tidbit is the most interesting thing I can think of to say about ARE WE THERE YET?, the latest in the family comedy genre, which is neither a good comedy or a good family film. The humor is mostly mean-spirited and unfunny, consisting mainly of various events that lead to Cubeís character screaming with annoyance. In theory, mean-spirited humor isnít necessarily a bad thing in movies, as long as itís done right. The problem here is that the kidís are completely unlikable, the jokes are dull and uninteresting, and (most of all) it tries to have sentiment throughout. Every time the movie got even slightly emotional, I winced because it was so unbelievable and downright stupid. The idea of Cube liking these kids in the end is laughable, not to mention painful to view. Seriously, I was waiting through the credits to see if a sign saying ďPaid for by the Donít Have Kids CorporationĒ would show up.

I think throughout the movie I laughed two or three times, and those were scenes that I had already seen in the trailer. So basically, if youíve seen the trailer, then thereís no need to view the film. However, if youíre a big fan of Ice Cube, then you might find a few things to enjoy with his undeniable charm, although he is portrayed as a bit of a shallow jerk. At least Cube is actually capable of being likable and mean at the same time, while the kids are just plain awful and annoying. On a positive note, the movie isnít actually badly made, but was rather unfunny from the very beginning. Still, thatís not really positive since the same director made SNOW DOGS, and thatís something that no man could ever escape. Itís sad really, because there was some promise with this flick (not much, but some). For instance, they could have created the film for adults, rated it R, and made it a full-on dark comedy. It could have even been called, ARE WE THERE YET MUTHA F#@&%!?
THE EXTRAS
At first glance it seems like there are plenty of features to take a look at, but whatís presented isnít anything special.

Directorís Commentary: Bordering on annoying, the commercialistic director Brian Levant conveys many ideas that he had while working on this piece of garbage. If he only he could channel his energy into something of high quality and decency, we may have a big hit on our hands. Seeing as how his next movie involves Cedric the Entertainer, I donít think thatís gonna happen anytime soon.

Bloopers (7:40): While not the best blooper reel Iíve ever seen, it certainly evoked more laughs from me than the actual movie. Check it out.

Road Trippiní Ė The Making of ARE WE THERE YET?: A mildly interesting standard making-of featurette. After watching it, I can honestly say too much time and effort went into putting this movie together.

A Tour of Nickís Fine Sports Collectibles (4:57): A boring featurette in which the director guides us through various items held in Cubeís characterís sport shop. If you like sports, you may get a kick out of it.

Deleted Scene (1:10): Actually an extended scene, which is about as funny as the rest of the movie. The only thing this little clip did for me was make me want that Lincoln Navigator from the film even more.

Storyboard Comparisons: There are three different scenes presented, ranging from one minute in length to five minutes. On the bottom the regular video is given, and on top the storyboards are visible. Had the scenes been any good, this might have been worth watching. Also, the storyboards are kind of blurry.

There are also 9 Previews for your viewing ďpleasureĒ.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The only people who I can imagine even slightly enjoying this movie are fans of Ice Cube and kids who hate their parents. Even then, the movie is a pretty lackluster experience. Thereís too much dead air to qualify it as consistently entertaining (even for kids), and the jokes just keep repeating each other. Even the special features arenít worth anything, except for maybe the bloopers. This is a movie that not even parents could find anything praise-worthy. This is one movie that should stay on the rental shelf where it belongs.
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