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|
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House|
by Melvin Frank
by Steven Gary Banks
|Music by||Teddy Castellucci|
|Edited by||Craig Herring|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||$58.4 million|
Are We Done Yet? is a 2007 American family comedy film starring Ice Cube. The film is a loose remake of the 1948 Cary Grant comedy Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House and a sequel to the 2005 comedy Are We There Yet? The film was directed by Steve Carr from a screenplay by Hank Nelken. It was produced by Revolution Studios and RKO Pictures and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The film was shot on location in Tsawwassen, British Columbia, Canada, but is set in Newberg, Oregon, United States.
Following the events of Are We There Yet?, Nick Persons (Ice Cube) has married Suzanne (Nia Long) and moved her, Kevin (Philip Daniel Bolden), and Lindsey (Aleisha Allen) into his apartment, also purchasing a 2007 Cadillac Escalade (after he accidentally blew up his Lincoln Navigator SUV in the previous film by leaving the lighter unattended inside). He has also sold his sports memorabilia store to his best friend, Marty (played by Jay Mohr in the first film). The family has also got a Berger Picard and named it Coco. 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 there 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, he failed to get it inspected first, and they soon find mold in the house, 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, with the parting shot, "You're the one tearing this family apart, Nick!" 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 lost his wife a few years previously. 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. After Suzanne gives birth to twin boys, the movie ends six months later with a big barbecue 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 Nicholas "Nick" Persons
- Nia Long as Suzanne Kingston-Persons
- John C. McGinley as Chuck Mitchell Jr.
- Aleisha Allen as Lindsey Kingston
- Philip Daniel Bolden as Kevin Kingston
- 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? is absent from Are We Done Yet? but he is mentioned briefly. He later returns in the TV series Are We There Yet?, but is played by Christian Finnegan.
The film holds an 8% approval rating on aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes, based on ninety three collected reviews, and has an average score of 3.3 out of 10. The site's consensus reads: "Are We Done Yet? plays it way too safe with generic slapstick and uninspired domestic foibles."
Metacritic gave the film a weighted average score of 36 out of 100, based on twenty one sampled reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews." The film was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel (lost to I Know Who Killed Me). Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale.
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