Are We There Yet? (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Are We There Yet? (2005)



Critic Consensus: This supposed family comedy staring the usually blameless Ice Cube and Nia Long has provoked most critics to write, "Is it over yet?"

Movie Info

Rapper and actor Ice Cube shows off his softer side in this family-friendly comedy. Nick Persons (Ice Cube) is a dealer in sports collectibles who has fallen for beautiful executive Suzanne Kingston (Nia Long). However, Nick discovers he has a bigger task than just winning her over -- Suzanne is a divorced mother with two children, Lindsey (Aleisha Allen) and Kevin (Philip Daniel Bolden), and the kids don't believe any man besides their father is fit for their mother to date. Even though Nick doesn't care much for kids, he's eager to win Lindsey and Kevin over to score points with Suzanne, and so when business commitments threaten to strand Suzanne in Vancouver without her children for New Year's Eve, Nick volunteers to escort them. But when Nick is bumped from an airline flight due to a corkscrew in his pocket, he's forced to drive the kids to Canada, and Lindsey and Kevin see this as a golden opportunity to make life very difficult for Nick. Ice Cube served as both star and producer for this project.more
Rating: PG (for language and rude humor)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Claudia Grazioso, David N. Weiss, J. David Stem, Steven Gary Banks
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 24, 2005
Box Office: $82.3M
Sony Pictures - Official Site


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
Tracy Morgan
as Satchel Paige
Nichelle Nichols
as Miss Mable
Ray Galletti
as Car Dealer
Viv Leacock
as Nick's Pal on Street
Casey Dubois
as Shoplifter
J.B. McEown
as Shoplifter
Kenyan Lewis
as Basketball Player
Daniel Cudmore
as Basketball Player
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Critic Reviews for Are We There Yet?

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (38)

Are We There Yet? all too effectively conveys the claustrophobic horror of being shackled in a small space with two whiny, hateful children.

Full Review… | October 6, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

Less amusing than a game of license plate bingo.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

It's a waste of time, and a horrendous attempt at family fodder.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

With one of the most hackneyed expressions in children-based comedy movies "Are We There Yet?" fulfills every low expectation that its urban target audience will bring to their cinema chairs.

Full Review… | April 19, 2009

This somewhat schizophrenic comedy may be expressing Cube's own ambivalence about parting ways with his NWA inner bad boy and embracing fatherhood and all of its virtuous authority figure dimensions.

Full Review… | March 24, 2007
Long Island Press

Are We There Yet? is more interested in crass humor than in creating remotely believable characters that we might actually care about.

September 1, 2006
Christianity Today

Audience Reviews for Are We There Yet?


Your average comedy that had somewhat funny scenes throughout. A good film, but not great.

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

"Ice Cube needs to learn to leave acting to actors. Not rappers, not athletes, actors."-Marc L., "xXx: State of the Union" review

It seems that Ice Cube has not learned, but rather decided that because he can not get any praise in the action genre, he'll take a shot at the family genre. Needless to say, I'm missing State of the Union. This movie was painfully unfunny, painfully predictable and pretty dark for a kids movie.

There was some good I guess. The child actors (Aleshia Allen and Phillip Daniel Boyden) did a surprisingly good job playing the kids. There on their way to successful careers.

Unfortunatley, the characters they play are simply evil. They are spolied, obnoxious and loud. Not to mention the little demons are downright PSYCHOTIC! They enjoy torturing her mothers boyfriends, sneaking knives into Ice Cube's backpack at plane stations and GET THIS...THROW BUCKETS OF ROCK HARD ICE AT PEOPLE! Do they realize that can kill people?

Don't worry, the mother is just as bad. They don;t say it out loud, but the mother seems to hate her kids. She basically gives them to Ice Cube's character because she's so sick of them. And know we move over to Cube himself. Once again, he cannot act, and most of his dialogue consists of "AHHHH!!!!"

The humor was even worse. The humor in this movie includes horribly unfunny slapstick, bodily humor, peeing on old women and a talking boble head. That's right, a talking bobble head. Why is there a talking bobble head?!!!! The musical number in the movie is painfully forced, and is one of the biggest "big lipped alligator scenes" I've EVER seen.

Cube, I'm willing to forgive you as long as you stop making crappy films and start going back to your fantastic rap career.

Marc L.
Marc Lewis

Super Reviewer


Fun for the family, but not for your funny bone

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

Are We There Yet? Quotes

Nick Persons: No no. Where I'm from, playing stuff like that would get you shot.
– Submitted by Connor N (2 years ago)
Lindsey Kingston: [impressed by Nick and Kevin feeding a deer in the woods] No way! Where's my camera?
– Submitted by Anthony A (4 years ago)
Nick Persons: [to Kevin, referring to the deer] See? He's gentle.
– Submitted by Anthony A (4 years ago)
Lindsey Kingston: I knew you were lyin'! 'Yeah, we're just friends,' yeah, right! You're just usin' us to suck up to our mama!
Nick Persons: What?!
Kevin Kingston: Yeah! You're just a dirty horny sex man like all the others! Nasty man! You're a nasty BAD man!
Nick Persons: Look! I tried to do your mama a favor ya little booger!
Kevin Kingston: You probably wanna kiss her, don't you?
– Submitted by Anthony A (4 years ago)

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