Are We There Yet?

  • Review Date: May 23, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 92 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Less amusing than a game of license plate bingo.
  • Review Date: May 23, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 92 minutes

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What parents need to know

Violence

Comic, cartoon-style violence.

Sex

Mild references, crude humor.

Language

Some strong language for a PG.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 21, 2005
DVD release date:May 24, 2005
Cast:Aleisha Allen, Ice Cube, Philip Daniel Bolden
Director:Brian Levant
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:92 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:language and rude humor

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Adult Written byjrw April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

What a waste of time!

If we had not gone to this movie with another family, I would have walked out.
Teen, 15 years old Written bytherightinfo July 25, 2012
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8
QUALITY
 

Funny but gets boring

It's a great family comedy but can get boring. It's about a guy who finds himself intrested in a lady does her a favour involving cheeky kids. It has 7 uses of dam* and idiot .Rude Humor and some slapstick violence.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byanthonyguidetti May 28, 2012
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12
QUALITY
 

A product placement movie somewhat for kids.

The entire movie is about the main character's, Nick, Lincoln Navigator. While not completely in your face about the product placement, you see the movie showing off features like heated seats, navigation system, auto-closing rear hatch and the rear DVD player. Besides that, there are some swear words but at the end of the movie, Nick learns his lesson to treat the kids nicely. For kids, it's funny. For parents, it's not enjoyable..
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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