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Overall Rating

Awesome: 3.13%
Worth A Look: 3.13%
Average: 18.75%
Pretty Bad: 25%
Total Crap50%

3 reviews, 14 user ratings

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Are We Done Yet?
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by William Goss

"Hell Sweet Hell"
1 stars

The following is a list-in-progress of the people who simply must be rolling in their graves since the release of sequel-cum-remake 'Are We Done Yet?': Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Cary Grant, that dude they named Murphy’s Law after.

With twins on the way, Nick (Ice Cube) moves wife Suzanne (Nia Long) and her hellspawn into a 5 bed/4 bath abode in some vaguely rural patch of the Northeast where sturgeon is the shit, and faster than you can say ‘Mommy, let’s just rent The Money Pit instead,’ their dream home becomes a nightmare fixer-upper. To the rescue, in theory, is Chuck (John C. McGinley), who not only sold them the house, but also happens to be a contractor, a therapist, a midwife, and just about any other person that Nick might call on (whether or not he also comes with a corkscrew remains unseen).

From there, events play out with dreary familiarity: animals will attack, food will fly, and Cube will collapse. Every time something breaks, he chirps “I can fix that,” fails to, and then proceeds to scowl as Chuck outdoes his every effort, even on the family front. Young Kevin (Philip Bolden) can’t hold a juice box without crushing it, yet manages to launch from a tire swing with the greatest of ease, while older sis Lindsey (Aleisha Allen) dawdles about, making for scenes along the lines of “There’s no cell phone reception! There’s no guys around h-- Oh, look! A cute guy my age just pulled up the VERY moment I whined these very things into my cell phone!,” leading Nick to, of course, fetch her from that party he forbade her from attending. Characters change their minds about one another with violent suddenness come the third act, with Cube forgiving all of McGinley’s insufferable behavior for pretty much the same reasons used – and dramatically justified – in Reign Over Me.

We don’t just have wildlife, we have digitally enhanced deer, fish, bats, and raccoons, so they can talk, wink, or otherwise mug for the camera in a progressively dire grab for guffaws. A Lil’ Jon routine? A team of blind plumbers? A grown man too dumb to remove items from his fridge before simply yanking out his item of choice to much cacophony? Why the &*#$ not! This isn’t to mention the fact that this blight upon the cinematic medium happens to be a remake of 1948’s Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, starring none other than Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, and Melvyn Douglas. It can’t be bad enough that this film is every bit as inhumane and incompetent as its predecessor, but it has the gall to go and soil the legacy of RKO half a century after its heyday. What a pity that director Steve Carr couldn’t have provide all of the tact, nuance, and comedic brilliance from his work on the likes of Rebound and Daddy Day Care.

Not too long ago, I did like and respect Ice Cube, and perhaps I might still, but there are simply too many other things – time, money, laughter, dignity – that I value so very much more. Meanwhile, McGinley’s unflagging dedication to his ever-eccentric role as a Chuck of all trades would be damn near admirable in a less sadistic picture. As a sequel to 2005's Are We There Yet?, it arguably succeeds at being less mean-spirited than its predecessor, if only because the brats virtually take a backseat to Cube and McGinley, but their antics are so flagrantly, aggressively, numbingly moronic that saying that Done is better than There is like claiming that the grass must have been greener in Nagasaki.

Like any real stinker, the ‘script’ itself is fraught with any number of lines waiting to be turned against it (not to mention a title that practically renders critics redundant): “This is child abuse of the worst kind!,” cries out one character. “It’s gonna get ugly before it gets pretty,” proclaims another. And the real gem? “You’ll thank me when we’re out of here.” Well, would you look at that? One of these halfwits finally succeeded in hitting a nail on the head.

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User Comments

10/19/08 Nick Somoski A good family comedy - I laughed quite a bit. But, I'd never watch it by myself! 3 stars
7/25/08 Alice Come on guys, what did you expect when you went to see this.It was what I expected. 3 stars
7/14/08 Karen The first one was better 2 stars
1/10/08 Matt Wholly predictable gags but has its moments. Some great scenery helps, too. 3 stars
12/17/07 Tiffany Losco Cute, funny. 4 stars
10/15/07 fools♫gold Wow, wasn't that bad. 3 stars
8/17/07 Charles Tatum I'm with Todd, rent "The Money Pit" instead 1 stars
8/15/07 Ashley Loved it! I think it might have been better than the first and adding McGinley was perfect! 5 stars
7/14/07 Lynne O'Leahy-Cassid Surprising (hardly pleasant) chipmunk episode only relief from a dour cliche-fest. 1 stars
5/15/07 David Pollastrini Ice Cube needs to go back to the hood 2 stars
4/29/07 Gary worst movie ive ever seen 1 stars
4/20/07 Lauren It was alright. 3 stars
4/12/07 ,jbbmhbkjlb it wasnt THAT bad. 3 stars
4/07/07 Todd Rent "The Money Pit" and save $40. 1 stars
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  04-Apr-2007 (PG)
  DVD: 07-Aug-2007



Directed by
  Steve Carr

Written by
  Hank Nelken

  Ice Cube
  Nia Long
  John C. McGinley
  Aleisha Allen
  Philip Daniel Bolden

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