Now, was there ever a chance that Are We Done Yet? — a sequel to 2005’s $82 million-grossing Are We There Yet? — was going to
be a critics’ darling? No, probably not. But the first film was a
harmless enough family comedy about besieged masculinity and eventual
maturation. It had its moments of diverting amusement, and it actually
told a linear story in some loose, relatable sense. This sub-moronic
re-up, though, is completely divorced from any sort of reality (even
of its own devising) and totally mind-numbing, even at well under 90 minutes.
That Are We Done Yet? runs on comedy of the predictable is surely
no surprise, but Hank Nelken’s script is especially atrocious, a
desultory mix of slapstick and bland bickering, powered by
mind-boggling contradictions in character. You know going in
that there will be: a) toys stepped on; b) a leaky roof; C) a falling
chandelier; d) a comic electrocution; and e) Ice Cube falling through said
roof. And there are. What you don’t expect, necessarily, are bits involving a talking
raccoon, a deer whose eyes bug out in cartoonish fashion and Ice Cube
wrestling a giant sturgeon.
But it’s the breathtaking manner in which the movie so immediately
announces its complete gracelessness and lack of respect for its
audience’s intelligence that is most amazing. After an animated opening
credits sequence that trumps the entire combined feature for
imagination and sheer entertainment value, Ice Cube’s character is awakened by his
alarm clock, at 5 a.m., to an outdoors that is completely bright and spilling sunlight into the room. Nothing gets much better from there, in either attention to detail or certainly cleverness. For the full review, from FilmStew, click here.