Are We Done Yet?
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|Are We Done Yet?|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Steve Carr|
|Screenplay by||Hank Nelken|
|Story by||Hank Nelken|
|Based on||Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House|
by Melvin Frank
by Steven Gary Banks
|Music by||Teddy Castellucci|
|Edited by||Craig Herring|
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Releasing|
|Box office||$58.4 million|
Are We Done Yet? is a 2007 American family comedy film directed by Steve Carr and starring Ice Cube. The film is a loose remake of the 1948 comedy film by Cary Grant, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, and a sequel to the 2005 film Are We There Yet? The screenplay is by Hank Nelken. It was produced by Revolution Studios and RKO Pictures and distributed by Columbia Pictures.
Two years after the events of the first film, Nick Persons (Ice Cube) has married Suzanne (Nia Long) and moved her, Kevin (Philip Daniel Bolden), and Lindsey (Aleisha Allen) into his apartment, as well as purchasing a 2007 Cadillac Escalade after he accidentally burnt up his Lincoln Navigator SUV in the previous film. He has also sold his sports memorabilia store to his friend, Marty.
The family has also got a Berger Picard pet dog and named it Coco. Kevin and Lindsey have both matured since the previous film. While getting ready for an interview with Magic Johnson to launch a sports magazine, Suzanne tells Nick that she is pregnant and they later find out that they will be twins. For more space, Suzanne and Nick go check out a house in the suburbs.
They meet Chuck Mitchell Jr. (John C. McGinley), the resident real estate agent/contractor there, and after some talking, Nick decides to take the house. The family then packs up their things and moves into the house, with Lindsey and Kevin (mostly the former) being against it. However, as it turns out, Nick failed to get the house inspected first, and they soon find a mold infestation, and Nick becomes angry with Chuck as while trying to resolve the mold issue, he discovers even more problems with the house, and almost destroys it trying to fix them all.
Meanwhile, Lindsey sneaks out to go to a party with one of the teenage workers who is Chuck's friend, and when Nick finds out, he grounds her. He finally decides to fire Chuck, which causes all those working on the house to quit out of loyalty to Chuck, and Suzanne to take the kids and move into the guest house. After taking some time to think, Nick decides to fix the house on his own and also to apologize to Chuck, especially when he was told that Chuck's wife died a few years ago. Chuck responds by bringing his friends back to help.
When Suzanne goes into labor with the hospital half an hour away, Nick, Kevin and Lindsey have to deliver the babies. Chuck tries to get there, but his truck breaks down and he is forced to power walk down to the house. While she's still in labor, Nick gets a call from Magic Johnson. After Suzanne gives birth to identical twin boys, the movie ends six months later with a big BBQ in their backyard, at which Nick debuts his new magazine titled Are We Done Yet?, based on his experience building the house.
- Ice Cube as Nick Persons
- Nia Long as Suzanne Persons
- John C. McGinley as Chuck Mitchell Jr.
- Aleisha Allen as Lindsey Persons
- Philip Daniel Bolden as Kevin Persons
- Tahj Mowry as Danny Pulu
- Dan Joffre as Billy Pulu
- Pedro Miguel Arce as Georgie Pulu
- Linda Kash as Mrs. Rooney
- Hayes MacArthur as Jimmy the Bartender
- Colin and Gavin Strange as The Persons' Twins
- Jonathan Katz as Mr. Rooney
- Earvin "Magic" Johnson as himself
The character "Marty" who was played by Jay Mohr in Are We There Yet? did not appear in the film, but he is mentioned briefly. He later returns in the television series Are We There Yet?, but is played by Christian Finnegan.
Just like its predecessor, Are We Done Yet? was panned by critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 8% based on 92 reviews, and has an average rating of 3.34/10. The site's consensus reads: "Are We Done Yet? plays it way too safe with generic slapstick and uninspired domestic foibles." On Metacritic, the film has a higher score than its predecessor's, at 36 out of 100, based on 21 reviews, meaning "generally unfavorable reviews."
Neil Smith for BBC.com gave the film 1 out of 5 stars and wrote: "McGinley, as it happens, is the film's only trump card, his madcap multi tasker stealing every scene he's in and leaving the movie's nominal star for dead." In one of the few positive reviews, Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club gave the film a grade B, and praises McGinley and calls Ice Cube's performance "strangely charming". Rabin concludes: "It isn't gangsta, but it's winning all the same."
The film was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel (lost to I Know Who Killed Me).
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