ARE WE DONE YET?
Starring: Ice Cube, Nia Long, John C.
McGinley, Aleisha Allen, and
Philip Daniel Bolden
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 92 minutes
Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony
Director: Steve Carr
Executive Producer: Heidi Santelli, Aaron Ray,
Steve Carr, Derek Dauchy, and
Producer: Ted Hartley, Ice Cube, Matt
Alvarez, and Todd Garner
Writer: Hank Nelken
Address Comments To:Michael Lynton, Chairman/CEO
Amy Pascal, Chairman - Motion Picture Group
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They find a nice house in the country, which they buy from the quirky local realtor, Chuck Mitchell. When the house starts to fall apart, Nick's only option becomes Chuck, who doubles as the local building inspector and building contractor. The problems with the house mount, and all Chuck can tell an increasingly frustrated Nick is, "It's gonna get ugly before it gets pretty."
Nick's frustration spills over to his new family, especially when Chuck ingratiates himself with Suzanne, Lindsey, Kevin, and even the family dog! Thus, Nick not only has to repair his new house, but also his relationship with his new family. Before he can do that, however, he has to repair his relationship with Chuck and become Chuck's friend.
Forgiveness is the key value that helps Nick put everything right. There is also a reference to Christian prayer in the movie, so the movie's worldview is a light Christian one. The script in ARE WE DONE YET? could use a little work, however. The character arcs are simplified to the point that they don't always make much sense, especially when Nick transforms to feeling sorry for Chuck. Also, the slapstick comedy doesn't always build on itself effectively to keep the laughter increasing as well as flowing smoothly. This gives the narrative a choppy or spotty feel. That said, Ice Cube as the put-upon homeowner and John C. McGinley of TV's SCRUBS as the goofy contractor make a funny pair.
Forgiveness is the key that helps Nick put everything right. There is also a reference to Christian prayer in the movie, so the movie's worldview is a light Christian one. The script in ARE WE DONE YET? could use work, however. The character arcs are simplified to the point that they don't always make sense. Also, the movie's slapstick comedy doesn't always build on itself to keep the laughter increasing.
HEADLINE: ** Powerful Exposé **