By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders.
Are We Done Yet
Are We Done Yet? delivers exactly what it advertises. It's a slapstick, silly family comedy, nothing more. If that annoys you, don't bother complaining. It is what it is.
Movie Review: Are We Done Yet?
Nick Persons (Ice Cube) is now married to Suzanne (Nia Long), and making do with her troublesome kids. They are about to have their own twins, so they buy a house in the country to raise their growing family. But the house is full of problems, so Nick spends the whole movie battling eccentric workers, faulty construction and being a new dad.
There are no elaborate Money Pit style set pieces. Things that fall apart usually just cause one problem and then move on. And many of the things that fall apart aren't even the house's fault. They just hire people who mess things up more.
But there's lots of falling down, sloppy food messes and animals taunting the heroes. Cube does a good job mugging it up in his pratfalls. He shows he doesn't have to take himself seriously but can commit to the ridiculous with joy.
The star of the comedy is John C. McGinley as a jack of all trades going from realtor to contractor to inspector to midwife. He plays each profession as a slightly different character, but all weird. None of them are wise like Dr. Cox but they allow McGinley to rant absurdly and show off his abs.
The heartfelt moments pop up when expected. They've got the sitcom music and the simple issues of accepting responsibility, sticking things out until the end and forgiving people.
The weird neighbors kinds of never pay off. There's one montage where Nick reacts to everyone and then one couple shows up to explain some backstory in the end, but they're never recurring characters.
In the interest of full disclosure, I should admit I never saw Are We There Yet?. If this review sounds like the disinterested evaluation of someone who was not fully invested in the franchise characters, I apologize. It just seemed like your average family comedy to me.