A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Three blind plumbers are shown mistaking the woods for the house, but in another scene they work correctly on the pipes. A diverse group of neighbors visit Nick and Suzanne with welcome gifts. When a tattooed, Goth-looking family visits, Nick says: "Thanks, and leave before I call the cops." Several Hawaiian characters are obese. The movie's overall theme is that a "house is not a home." When Nick embraces his new role as stepfather and father-to-be, his family and his home come together.
Violence & Scariness
Loads of pratfalls and other cartoonish physical gags.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A 13-year-old wears tight, revealing, clothes. She sneaks out of her house to go to a party with an older boy. They dance, hug, and hold hands. Nick and Suzanne hug and kiss in bed after she alludes to "breaking in the house." Suzanne gives birth to twins at home, and Nick faints after checking under her skirt.
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Not much: "sucka," "weird," "I hate you."
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Products & Purchases
Minor: Nick wears various college jerseys and T-shirts; Suzanne has a Louis Vuitton bag.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Nick does two shots and downs a beer at a bar when he finds out he's having twins. People drink mixed drinks at a party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sequel to Are We There Yet? follows a blended family in which there's significant tension between the stepfather and kids. Like most family comedies, there are dozens of sight gags and pratfalls. Three blind plumbers and two obese Hawaiian subcontractors are competent workers -- which makes their unnecessarily stereotypical depictions even more obvious. A 13-year-old girl is portrayed as boy crazy and wears revealing outfits in a couple of scenes. She also flirts and sneaks out to party with an older teenage construction worker. Mom Suzanne has a discreet homebirth, although her husband passes out after checking to see whether the baby has crowned. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
At this point, you wonder whether there will ever be a family comedy that doesn't show a dad getting smacked in the face with flying kitchen debris or in the groin with a pain-inducing object. The omission of those trite sight gags would be a novel idea indeed, but the sequel to Are We There Yet? isn't original enough to survive without such familiar scenes. That said, it is much better (and cleaner) than the original.
McGinley steals the show with Chuck's goofy-but-wise antics and exhaustive résumé (he's an expert in Capoiera, a former L.A. Laker, and a championship power-walker). Meanwhile, Long -- a lovely and talented actress -- seems decorative by comparison, which is a shame, since she's got great comic timing. Despite the all-too-familiar nature of its home-improvement jokes and teenage-daughter dilemmas, some families might get a belly laugh or two out of this formulaic film. Just don't expect a trilogy.
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