ARE WE THERE YET?
Bachelor Gets More than He Bargained
Release Date: January 21, 2005
Starring: Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha
Allen, Philip Daniel Bolden,
Jay Mohr, and the voice of
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 94 minutes
Director: Brain Levant
Executive Producer: Todd Garner and Derek Daughy
Producer: Ice Cube, Matt Alvarez and Dan
Writer: Steven Gary Banks, Claudia
Grazioso, J. David Stem, and
David N. Weiss
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When Suzanne’s job takes her to Vancouver, Canada during New Year’s Eve, Nick seizes his opportunity and offers to fly to Vancouver with her two children, Kevin, age 7, and Lindsey, age 11. What Nick doesn’t know is that Kevin and Lindsey think that no man is good enough for their mom. They do everything to make the trip to Vancouver a nightmare. They also secretly plan a side trip to Redmond, Oregon, where their beloved father now lives.
The setup for ARE WE THERE YET?, especially the movie’s funny first scene, is very good and has a lot of fun possibilities. The movie gets sidetracked, however, by Nick’s negative attitude about children and the subplot concerning his masculine swagger toward women. This subplot is not helped by Nick’s imaginary conversations with a little doll of baseball legend Satchel Page that sits on the dashboard of Nick’s new SUV. Also, the two children are much too mean to Nick and take risks that would put such children in real danger in the real world. Eventually, Nick eventually bonds with Suzanne’s two children, but the change between them does not always play smoothly. For example, just when he seems to be getting along better with the children, more bad things happen, and Nick is yelling at them again. Finally, the movie mentions in one scene the Christian church group that the children’s elderly babysitter attends, but in another scene the babysitter makes a pass at Nick, offering to take him to “Sin City.”
Despite these artistic and moral problems, the ultimate moral point to this movie is that both Nick and the children need to act more responsibly toward each other, with kindness and gentleness, and toward the mother as well. By doing this, Nick learns to transcend conflict and trouble, and find love.
The setup for ARE WE THERE YET?, especially the movie’s funny first scene, is very good and has a lot of fun possibilities. The movie gets sidetracked, however, by negative elements such as Nick’s hatred of children, the children’s sometimes dangerous pranks and a lust-minded babysitter in one scene. Despite these problems, the moral point to this movie is that both children and adults must act responsibly toward one another, with kindness and gentleness.