There are good movies, there are bad movies, and then there are movies that leave virtually no impression whatsoever. Are We Done Yet? falls into the third category. I saw the movie on Monday night and I still have to rely heavily on my notes because the film was so very unmemorable. Are We Done Yet? is both a sequel and a remake: the main characters from Are We There Yet? return a year later in a storyline adapted from the 1948 film Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (and unofficially, The Money Pit). Ice Cube plays the Cary Grant role ... that's a sentence I never thought I would write.
Ice Cube's character from the first film, Nick Persons, has married his sweetheart Suzanne (Nia Long) and is assuming the role of stepdad towards her two children, Lindsey and Kevin. Lindsey is 13 and, believe it or not, Nick is concerned that she's wearing skimpy clothing and too much makeup, and spending too much time at the mall. And he thinks Kevin spends too much time indoors and needs to do male bonding things like fishing. After Suzanne announces she's pregnant with twins, it's time to leave the overcrowded condo for a house out in the country where the kids can thrive and Nick can work on his new sports magazine. (Suzanne apparently has no career that can't be discontinued.) Nick buys a gorgeous old house that starts to fall apart even before the sale is complete. Real-estate agent/contractor/midwife Chuck (John C. McGinley) agrees to help, but Nick is growing annoyed at the level of repairs needed as well as the intrusiveness of Chuck. Will the new house cause the family to fall apart, too? Will the audience please wake up now?