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Are we there yet FILM ONLY When a playboy bachelor, Nick falls for a woman with two young children, Suzanne, the only way he can think to win her over is by saying he'll drive her son and daughter across the country to their mother who is working in Oregon, from Portland. Nick doesn't like kids. He has a flashy new car which he cherishes, so when he introduces two youngsters to it...it can only go wrong. Everything goes wrong for Nick, with the kids despising him and determined to get their parents back together...even though their father has a new family, they will do anything to get away from him, from telling a truck driver they have been kidnapped, to jumping on a freight train and faking asthma attacks. Will Nick ever get Suzanne's children to her in Oregon in time for New Year? Or will the children ruin their relationship before it has even started. Opinion: To be honest, I only watched this film whilst I was waiting for my husband to come home from work to take me out for a meal. The film is more a children's film than anything, and for children would be funny I suppose, but for me, it was just very stupid. Everything that happens in the film is just so unbelievable, all of the things Nick and the children get into for one thing, but also, the fact this mother let a man she doesn't know, take her kids in his car to her something like 600 miles...no mother I know would let a random man they didn't know drive her children that far, without knowing anything about him, just that she fancies him!!! So the film is very unbelievable in that first sense. But all of the silly little things which the kids get into as well. Like at the train station at the beginning of the film, the children run off the train to get a cape which the little boy has dropped, leaving Nick on the train, who instead of pushing the emergency stop button (they are only pulling out of the station so there would be no problem in stopping!), jumps off the back of the train onto a load of luggage. It just isn't what you'd do, you'd push emergency stop and tell a worker what had happened who would call the station, get someone to go to the children and keep them safe until Nick got back to them! The film is like this all the way through with really stupid things going on. Other than that though, there are some funny parts, and the story of course has a happy ending, as we all knew it would as a kids film. I think the people who would enjoy this the most is children aged around 5-15. Price The film can be bought from Amazon for around £5, which is a good price if you think you'll enjoy this film!!! Personally I wouldn't have wanted to pay anything for this film, and it was on TV when I watched it!!! All in all a 3 out of 5 film.
The film's tagline says it all: 24 hours. 350 miles. His girlfriend's kids. What could possibly go wrong? The answer: everything! This fun family film gets all the laughs at the right places, due to traditional slapstick comedy derived from rapper Ice Cube. Plot: Nick (Ice Cube) finds a girl that he really likes. Suzanne (Nia Long), however isn't ready for a relationship because she wants to focus on her two kids and she tells him she just wants to be friends. But when Suzanne desparately needs someone to bring the children to Vancouver for New Year's Eve, Nick seems like the perfect answer. The kids, however, are intent on being as destructive as they can possibly be, and so begins the journey from hell. The are tears, there is laughter, and there are also some straight out odd ideas in this film, but it is brilliant. It is obvious that Nick isn't used to dealing with young children, so when he is thrown in the deep end, things are doomed from the start. The film, at approx. 91 minutes, is not too long for the target audience (young kids) to get bored, but just the right length of time to keep them entertained! There are a few adult jokes that will not even be acknowleged by the younger viewers, so the whole family can sit down and enjoy this light hearted comedy.
Are We There Yet? is a fantastic film that is full of entertainment for the whole family. It was originally released in February 2005 and proved to be very popular in the cinema's. The film had 1 win out of a total of 8 nominations which I think is fair considering it is a good film but not outstanding. The film features Nick Persons and Suzanne Kingston who are very good throughout the film. I really did find the film to be very entertaining throughout actually and as a result I would really recommend this film. Are We There Yet? is available for just £5 from Amazon which is a great price for a film packed full of entertainment. The story is about how a man named Nick who is a bachelor wants to get with the dovorced mother of two children Suzanne. In an effort to please her kids when Suzanne has to work, Nick offers to take the kids for her from Portland to Oregon. Nick has a very flashy car and does not want it ruined in any way and the kids see this and use it to their advantage! The kids are completely against any other man dating their mum and so make the journey a real misery throughout and do everything they can to stop their relationship in fantastic style! The film is a comedy and has the tag line of "24 hours. 350 miles. His girlfriend's kids. What could possibly go wrong?" This is ironic because everything that could go wrong in this film did go wrong and it really is an exceptionally funny film. I found it to be full of great scenes and it is quite action packed so you will not lose interest. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this!
I know this film didn't get very good reviews when it came out but I decided to give it a go anyway (probably mainly down to the fact that I had nothing else to watch at the time but hopefully the writers of the movie wouldn't hold that specific criterion against me). I was actually quite surprised to find out that I really enjoyed the movie while I was watching it, even though I knew for a fact that it wasn't going to go down as my all time favouriute comedy movie or an award winner of any description. But sometimes movies should just be fun. Basically Ice Cube plays a guy called Nick, who really likes a girl called Suzanne... until he discovers that she has kids - something that he has never really had much interest in... which is the undestatement of the century. Suzanne is stuck in Canada with work and starts to miss her kids, who were supposed to be staying with their dad until he cancels with "sickness" and Nick decides this is a chance to impress Suzanne. He decides to take the kids to see their mum (or mom as they would say in the USA). After missing the train (spectacularly) he decides to drive them there. And, as you can imagine this is where the comedy premise of the film kicks in. The road trip from hell begins...
Director: Brian Levant Producers: Matt Alvarez, Dan Kolsrud and Ice Cube Writers: Steven Gary Banks, Claudia Graiola. Stars: Ice Cube, Nia Long, Tracy Morgan, Aleisha Allen, Philip Daniel Bolden and Jay Mohr. Released in early 2005 this hour and half movie follows the exploits of a man who volunteers to drive his girl friends two kids across country... **BRIEF PLOT** When Suzanne Kingston, (played by Nia Long) is forced to take a business trip to Vancouver she soon realises that she is missing her kids and wants them to travel up to be with her... Unfortunately for Nick Persons, (played by Ice Cube), who has a bit of a crush on Suzanne, he offers to take the two children, 11 year old Lindsey, (played by Aleisha Allen) and 7 year old Kevin, (played by Philip Daniel Bolden) to be with their mother... sometimes listening to the terrible advice of his 6 inch figurine of Satchel Paige, aka the Bobblehead, (voiced by Tracy Morgan) Kevin and Lindsey decide to make the journey as difficult for Nick the simple task turns into a bit of a nightmare... After a failed attempt at going by train, thanks to the kids, Nick decides to drive them instead, and soon wishes he had just stayed at home instead... As the trio take to the road it is not long before the trouble really begins, including a truck driver who mistakenly thinks that Nick has kidnapped the children and is holding them against there will, a burning vehicle leaving the trio stranded and a joy rider in a car park... All really seems lost for the unfortunate Nick, as he tries to keep his sanity against the troublesome kids, until a twist of fate brings the trio closer together as they complete there journey... **CHARACTORS** Ice Cube as Nick Persons Nia Long as Suzanne Kingston Aleisha Allen as Lindsey Kingston Philip Daniel Bolden as Kevin Kingston Jay Mohr as Marty M.C. Gainey as Al Buck C. Ernst Harth as Ernst Henry Simmons as Carl Nichelle Nichols as Miss Mable Tracy Morgan as voice of Satchel Paige the Bobblehead **IN CONCLUSION** I do rate Ice Cube as a half decent actor but find him more a gangster type character rather than a comical type, (as I remember him as Darin from the brilliant and very touching movie 'boyz n the hood'), so I was in two minds when I first started to watch this movie... but how wrong can a man be? This turned out to be a fantastically funny movie, with Ice Cube playing his part as the stressed out but still trying to impress his hopeful girlfriends kids character brilliantly, coming across as any man in his situation would, irritated and very, very angry, trying to gain the respect of people that have no respect for you... The writers have done a great job in creating such a brilliant movie, with so much hilarity that the audience will be crying with laughter as they understand the turmoil that poor Nick is going through with the two brats... as they do everything in there power to stop their mother getting into a relationship with this man... hoping that there real dad will come back home. In all a very funny movie with a plot that will keep even the most negative of people happy, wondering what will happen to the poor unfortunate Nick in the next scene with the horrible kids trying to torture him at every turn... The scenes with the truck driver and the misunderstanding are simply brilliant... giving the movie so much comical leverage. Would I recommend this...? Yes I certainly would. It is a fine comedy with a good story line that plods along at a good speed to entertain everyone. The slapstick comedy effect really does bring many laughs and the incidents that the characters find themselves in are simply brilliant, and quite realistically terrifying. I would recommend getting a copy from www.amazon.co.uk for less than a fiver... bargain indeed...
We all know what kids say on a long journey - every five minutes. And so the title of the film gives you a hint about the content. Personally, I was a big fan of Ice Cube in the film 'Friday' and the subsequent sequels. His music is also relatively good and the idea of him in a film like this appealed to me. It would be interesting to see how a swearing hard man rapper would fare in a film aimed at a younger audience. And so I plumped for it at the shops at a credible £6.99. So was my money worth the expense? THE PLOT: The plot basically sees Ice Cube fall in love with a woman who has kids. Easy start eh? Well, not quite. You see, the mother has to go away on a long distance trip and cannot take her kids. So Ice Cube volunteers himself to take them along by road - a nice loooooong journey. As soon as the kids decide they don't like him, you know its about to become an even longer journey, and there are sure to be fun and frolics. The big question is, will he get them there safe, will they ever like him in the end and will they manage to give us some laughs along the way? You bet ya! THE ACTING: Some say films are made or broken by the acting. Personally I am more than aware that good acting won't make a crap script work, and bad acting can ruin the best of scripts. You need it all to come together to make a good film. Thankfully, Ice Cube manages to fit the role of a wannabe dad that hasn't quite got the right image with his dropout gangster background. Indeed, he actually plays it rather badly - which adds to the fun of the film. You see, its hard to really call his performance as he really didn't seem to be comfortable in his role or what he was doing. But as a rapper who has a good car etc. and has never been around kids, he really shouldn't be comfortable. Is this good acting or is it bad acting made to look good? You decide. Either way, it really makes for a good film. The children are also performed well. The daughter is mischeivous and yet sensitive and the son is closer to Ice Cube than he dares to let on. Despite this, he continues to work with his sister to make things difficult to handle for our star. Both roles are played well and the acting doesn't drop to hammy at either stage. Both are teenagers so the actors are probably young adults, but it works well and they keep the punchlines going. Supporting actors also slip in and out of the film with ease. You wouldn't really notice them for anything other than the storyline, which is what you want part timers to do I suppose. THE COMEDY: OK, this is billed as a family comedy so I guess the comedy moments would be a good topic to mention. As with most films, this is not exactly a laugh a minute, with a lot of the jokes being built up during the course of the film. However, when they are delivered, they will at least raise a wry smile from the viewer. The main form of comedy here is situational though. With a hard man rapper, a quality car and some kids, you inevitably have a volatile combination. The best comedy moments in the film revolve around this basic combination. Without spoiling the film it is difficult but one example would be at a petrol station when paying for fuel, the kids lock him out of the car - his $20000 car with clean seats. Somehow they find chocolate.... So you see, the film is more about situational comedy, which does run throughout the film and keeps your attention. Although you won't be crying the tears of laughter, you will certainly stifle a giggle in places. As a film, I guess this is what you expect - if you want a laugh a minute, go buy a stand up comedians DVD show! THE SPECIAL EFFECTS: This film has little in the way of special effects, preferring to ensure that the film quality throughout is consistent and clever. So we see a slick production with plenty to keep your eyes on throughout. There is one explosion scene though. Given the role of the film and its target audience, this is tamed down somewhat, which is fitting really. You do get to see realistic fire and flame though, and I'm not telling you whose/what car gets blown up. Needless to say, they meet many people on their 350 mile round trek, and the 24 hour deadline is a hard one to meet! THE MUSIC: With Ice Cube in the starring line-up, you can be sure that there will be Hip-hop throughout the film. For fans, there is enough here to keep you bobbing your head during certain scenes. For those who are not into this genre, the music isnt too loud over the film, making it less in your face than on some productions. It's more a subtle hint of hip-hop in the background to kept he mood of the film. Swearing has been removed in the main as well - don't want to offend anyone now do we? THE PRICE: This DVD is sadly not one you will find cheap. It wasnt very popular with paying customers when it first came out, which means you would be lucky to find it in second hand shops. So we are left with the as new price... wait for it.... yep, £16.99. Ouch. This is Tesco.com and they are not joking! The films lack of popularity has also led to a lack of promotional activity or pricing competition, so even HMV in the town had this at £15.99. At this price you have to really wonder if it's worth it! EXTRAS: Director's Commentary: This was actually the same as any other directors commentary and left me wondering why they bother to put them on any more. I guess it takes up space and looks good on the box. Blooper Reel: Slightly better as the actors do have a good sense of humour. When they know the cameras wont get the scene, all sorts of comedic hell breaks loose. I would recommend this as a good watch on its own, probably funnier than the film itself. Featurettes: These generally equal boredom and a good reason to curl up on the sofa and sleep. No exception here I am afraid - nothing of note. Storyboard Comparisons: Not my bag I am afraid, but interesting for anyone who wants to direct or produce films in the future. Wannabe writers might also find it a useful insight. 2 DVD-ROM Games: These were well anticipated once I realised they were there. The kids especially love this sort of thing. Sadly, I was a little disappointed and the kids were soon back outside playing. A good five mins of fun - literally. Deleted Scene: Now I often struggle to figure out the difference with deleted scenes and what went into the film. Maybe I am not observant enough! Still, after viewing the film and then watching this again, I can say I placed it!!!!! Not sure it made any difference that it was deleted though, didnt make us miss or add anything really. It was probably deleted for that very reason. Hmmmm. SUMMARY: A good film in its own way, although by no means exceptional. It would give you a giggle here and there and thats the main intention. Sadly, at its current price tag (and it has already been out a while!), I wouldn't advise you to part with your cash. If you find it for a fiver in the future, you might want to give it a whirl, but otherwise I would spend your money on something better. If you want comedy, I would rather point you in the direction of 'what women want' starring Mel Gibson. At £5, even if its not your bag, it won't leave you feeling skint and cheated!
Ice Cube has turned his frown upside down with the family-friendly screwball road movie Are We There Yet? We know the actor/rapper can use his trademark scowl to be funny (the Friday and Barbershop series), or to be mean (Boyz n the Hood)--but can he use it to melt kids' hearts? That's the question Are We There Yet? answers with a resounding yes for youngsters in the audience (which will be the lions' share), but it'll probably be an emphatic shrug for the grownups. The contrived plot has Cube playing a wannabe-player (as in ladies' man) and ex-player (as in washed-up minor league baseball star) who now owns a sports memorabilia business. His partner, (Jay Mohr) is just a throwaway, as is the talented Nia Long, the single mom that Cube sets his blinged-out sights on. To try get in her good graces, he offers to transport her two bratty kids in his pride-and-joy Lincoln Navigator for a joy ride to a distant city where she's attending an emergency business meeting so they can have a New Year's Eve celebration together. This kiddies' version of Road Trip and Planes, Trains and Automobiles has its cute moments, but plenty more gross-out moments which will please the kids to no end, especially as the Navigator gets more and more trashed. Suffice it to say they all learn about each others' good sides and hearts are suitably melted all around--until after the credits roll, then you'll probably forget about the whole thing.--Ted Fry, Amazon.com