Are We There Yet?
If you enjoy witnessing a nightmarish road trip with two annoying children, “Are We There Yet?” is for you. In this so-called family comedy, bachelor Nick Persons (Ice Cube) refers to children as cockroaches and avoids them. He sells sports collectibles and has just bought a luxurious new Navigator. During a rainstorm, he rescues Suzanne (Nia Long), a distressed damsel broken down along a busy street. Friendship blossoms, and Nick breaks his no-kids rule, hoping to win her affection. He offers to accompany her two children to meet her in Vancouver, where she is conducting a business meeting. After all, how hard can it be to fly for two hours on a plane? Kevin (Philip Daniel Bolden), 7, and big sister Lindsey (Aleisha Allen), 11, are experienced at driving off their mother’s boyfriends. Nick suffers their continuous mean-spirited antics — painful falls, SUV destruction, ridicule and other indignities — and their laughter. The 350-mile trip to Vancouver seems a lot longer both for Nick and viewers over age 12.
This film was much better than I thought it was going to be. Nick really dislikes kids, but he really likes Kevin and Lindsey’s mom. So, while Suzanne tells Nick that they should just be friends, Nick has other ideas when he volunteers to take her kids to Vancouver.
The opening scene of the film shows a “Home Alone” type scene. A man comes over to Suzanne’s house to pick her up for a date and finds himself flat on his back on her front walk from all the booby traps the kids had set up for him. These kids are determined to keep men away from their mom. So on the trip to Vancouver, Kevin and Lindsey put Nick through one trying situation after another. Many of them are very comical, especially for the younger audiences. In one particular scene, Kevin has to go to the bathroom real bad. He can’t hold it any longer so Nick is carrying him while running into the bathroom. The men’s toilet is plugged up and running over so Nick dashes into the ladies room with Kevin but the stall is occupied. He holds Kevin over the sink and tells him to go. Kevin is urinating in the sink when a woman comes out of the stall and catches them and freaks out and scares Nick. Nick then turns toward the lady while still holding the peeing Kevin and, of course, the lady gets urinated on. This type of “potty” humor made the 100 or so kids in the theater bust up laughing.
The kids in the film are initially very disrespectful to Nick, but eventually come around. The film has some tender moments and has a good message of friendship and love. Families will enjoy “Are We There Yet?” but car enthusiasts will cringe!