Are We There Yet?

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Are We There Yet? Movie Poster Image
Less amusing than a game of license plate bingo.
  • PG
  • 2005
  • 92 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 35 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Violence

Comic, cartoon-style violence.

Sex

Mild references, crude humor.

Language

Some strong language for a PG.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has quite a bit of crude humor and some strong language for a PG. There is a lot of comic cartoon-style violence, including hits in the crotch, played for comedy. Some viewers may be upset by brief shots of a dead deer. And some may be disturbed by the portrayal of absent fathers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjanialxnd7 April 9, 2008

Extremely Funny

The funniest movie we've seen in some time. The whole family enjoyed it. The movie kept moving the whole time and didn't slow down until the end. I... Continue reading
Adult Written byAnaya_ December 16, 2020

My favorite childhood movie

The amount of negative ratings really upset me. This movie is so funny! It was one of my favorites growing up!! Calling it boring is a whole entire lie.
Teen, 15 years old Written byBartram Petrikov June 5, 2021

Awesome!

Me and my siblings were so, so bored with the game of license plate bingo we were trying to play on the road, so I just got out my laptop and they were hooked!... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old February 19, 2021

Good but not that good

Don't get me wrong this is great movie. Its great for kids like myself, besides the obvious fact of there being some sex and a little swearing (If you cons... Continue reading

What's the story?

In ARE WE THERE YET?, Nick (Ice Cube), is a playa who thinks his life is mighty fine until he catches a look at the luscious Suzanne (Nia Long), who works across the street from his Portland, Oregon sports memorabilia shop. He tries to resist when he finds out that she has two children, but when he rescues her on a rainy night after her car breaks down and she knows the stats on his favorite player, Satchel Paige, he's a goner. Even though he does not like children, he will do anything to get close to her. Suzanne needs someone to take her children to Vancouver on New Year's Eve, and after they get into trouble at the airport and miss the train, Nick has to drive them in his beloved and pristine new SUV. Predictably, everything goes wrong on the trip, from an encounter with a kick-boxing deer to projectile vomit.

Is it any good?

The longest, naggiest, car-sickiest travel with children cannot be any more tedious than this weak and dragged-out generic fluff that wastes the talents of four performers who should know better. There are about three good minutes of material in this film, all of which appear in the trailer. The funny parts aren't funny, and even worse are the parts that are supposed to be touching. Nick and the kids have to find some way to like each other, but this aspect of the movie is not just unimaginative and tedious; it is so insincere and condescending that it is affirmatively unpleasant.

It's a shame to see the beautiful and talented Nia Long, given so little to do. Ice Cube seems to enjoy his interaction with his young co-stars but never seems fully engaged. Even with the voice of Tracey Morgan, the talking Satchel Paige bobblehead is tiresome. The performer who comes across the best is Aleisha Allen (of School of Rock), who has a fresh and appealing presence.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Kevin and Lindsey tried to sabotage her dates and what made Nick begin to feel some sympathy and respect for the children. They may also want to talk about some of their own car trips and what kinds of things families can do to make sure that the trips are enjoyable for everyone.

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