Are we there yet?

2006-03-30 12:58


Nick (Ice Cube) is a smooth operator, trying everything to land a date with an attractive divorcee named Suzanne (Nia Long). The problem is that Suzanne is stuck working in Vancouver and is miserable because she misses her kids.

Seizing the opportunity, Nick gallantly offers to make her wish come true - and his own in the process - by bringing seven-year-old Kevin (Philip Daniel Bolden) and eleven-year-old Lindsey (Aleisha Allen) up from Portland to be reunited with their mom.

What Nick doesn't know is that Suzanne's children think that no man is good enough for their mom and will do everything they can to make the trip a nightmare for him.

What the critics are saying:

"It's hard to know who to root for: the child-loathing letch trying to worm his way into a single mother's affections? The workaholic parent who exploits him? Or the ghastly children with their malevolent pranks?"
- Mark Samuels, BBCi Film

"I would have loved to see a genuine love story involving Ice Cube, Nia Long, and the challenge of a lifelong bachelor dating a woman with children. Sad that a story like that couldn't get made, but this shrill 'comedy' could."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"The always charismatic Ice Cube makes Are We There Yet? watchable, but his young charges are such insufferable brats that the hero's change of heart remains a mystery."
- Dana Stevens, New York Times

As charming a performer as Ice Cube is, he can't carry this mean spirited and utterly obnoxious comedy on his own. In fact the movie is more like an advertisement for birth control than any kind of comedy.

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