ARE WE DONE YET?
Now that Nick Persons (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Nia Long) are married, they are feeling the squeeze, living in Nick's small city apartment with Suzanne's two kids, Lindsey (Aleisha Allen) and Kevin (Philip Daniel Bolden), plus Coco the dog. Besides, Suzanne has just found out she is having twins. Nick buys a large home in the outer suburbs, but as soon as they move in, they discover everything needs fixing and they are at the mercy of the eccentric, local Mr Fix-It, Chuck Mitchell Jr (John C. McGinley).
Review by Louise Keller:
Played for laughs but sadly lacking, Are We Done Yet manages to take a funny premise and squeeze it dry of every teensy morsel of humour. As heavy handed as the hammer with which Ice Cube's well meaning Nick Persons tries to fix his crumbling house, the film relies on its broad comedy, but forgets the importance of script and characters. Nothing is real, nor do we care for any of the characters, despite the filmmakers' attempts to inject a syringe-full of syrupy sentimentality at the end.
A few thousand things need fixing when Ice Cube's well meaning Nick Persons buys his growing family a large, rambling house far away from the hubbub of his city apartment. 'We'll take it,' Nick tells Chuck, the friendly real estate agent, as the roof disintegrates under his feet, before he discovers termites, dry rot, corroded pipes, raccoons, bats, shonky electric wiring, leaking roof and faulty foundations. 'I can fix that,' Nick tells his ditzy wife Suzanne, who spends the whole film wide-eyed and pregnant. I chuckled when we first meet John C. McGinley's effeminate and permanently grinning Chuck, who literally changes hats for each of the positions he holds - real estate agent, local inspector, midwife (baby-whisperer), construction supervisor, capoeira (Brazilian martial srts) expert, fire-dancer, relationship therapist etc. But the single joke is played on one note and quickly becomes repetitive and tedious.
Low points include Ice Cube having jalapeno sauce sprinkled on his face at baby birthing time, Ice Cube wearing striped PJs wielding a mop on a rooftop, and Ice Cube coming face to face underwater with a giant shark - both screaming. Let's hope this franchise is well and truly done.
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ARE WE DONE YET? (PG)
CAST: Ice Cube, Nia Long, John C. McGinley, Aleisha Allen, Phillip Bolden, Dan Joffre, Alexander Kalugin
PRODUCER: Matt Alvarez, Ice Cube, Ted Hartley, Thom Mount, Heidi Santelli
DIRECTOR: Steve Carr
SCRIPT: Hank Nelken
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jack N. Green
EDITOR: Craig Herring
MUSIC: Teddy Castellucci
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Nina Ruscio
RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Sony
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: April 5, 2007