Rating Explanation: for some innuendos and brief language
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: Despite its funny premise and likeable star (Ice Cube), there's very little real humor in this fixer-upper family comedy.
DVD Features: KIDding around on the set: Making Are We Done Yet?; Blooper reel; The Are We Done Yet? Film quiz; Chuck Mitchell Jr.: Jack of All Trades featurette.
Are We Done Yet?
This remake of the 1948 Cary Grant comedy "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" is an unfunny follow-up to Ice Cube's "Are We There Yet?" combined with a sort of lame version of "The Money Pit."
In the original movie Nick Persons (Ice Cube "Next Friday") was a boyfriend saddled with his girl’s kids on a cross country road trip. Now it's a few months later and he's married to Suzanne (Nia Long "Big Momma's House") which means he’s stuck with her kids Lindsey and Kevin (Aleisha Allen and Philip Daniel Bolden). So he buys a quiet house in the suburbs to escape the rat race of the big city and to provide more space for his new family. But when the new house quickly becomes a costly "fixer upper" and he finds himself at the mercy of an eccentric contractor (John C. McGinley TV's "Scrubs"), Nick's suburban dream soon becomes a nightmare. After a couple of things break, Cube hires an army of contractors to rip the entire structure apart while he sits around on his hands bitching and basically doing nothing. More importantly, as much effort as the house will require, the Persons are going to find that it will take even more work to make their new house into a home.
Played for laughs which are sadly lacking, this fixer-upper directed by Steve Carr ("Daddy Day Care") has taken a decent foundation and added-on a cheap finish, leaving it in need of major remodeling and lots more real humor.