Are We Done Yet?

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Are We Done Yet?
Are we done yetmp.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySteve Carr
Produced by
Screenplay byHank Nelken
Story byHank Nelken
Based onMr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
by Melvin Frank
Norman Panama
Characters
by Steven Gary Banks
Claudia Grazioso
Starring
Music byTeddy Castellucci
CinematographyJack Green
Edited byCraig Herring
Production
company
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • April 6, 2007 (2007-04-06)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$58.4 million[1]

Are We Done Yet? is a 2007 American family comedy film starring Ice Cube.[2] 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.

Plot[edit]

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, 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, 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.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

The film made $58.4 million worldwide.[1] The film was released in the United Kingdom on June 8, 2007, and opened on #3, behind Oceans Thirteen and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.[3]

Reception[edit]

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."[4]

Metacritic gave the film a weighted average score of 36 out of 100, based on twenty one sampled reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews."[5] The film was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel (lost to I Know Who Killed Me).[citation needed] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Are We Done Yet? (2007) - Box Office Mojo". boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  2. ^ Schager, Nick (March 29, 2007). "Are We Done Yet?". Slant Magazine. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
  3. ^ "Weekend box office 8th June 2007 - 10th June 2007". www.25thframe.co.uk. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  4. ^ "Are We Done Yet? (2007)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "Are We Done Yet? Reviews". Metacritic. April 3, 2007. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "CinemaScore". cinemascore.com.[permanent dead link]

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