"Are We Done Yet?" is probably the only film in movie history to be both a sequel to one movie ("Are We There Yet?") and a remake of another ("Mr. Blanding Builds His Dream House").
The movie picks up where "Are We There Yet?" left off, with confirmed bachelor Nick Persons having tied the knot with his main squeeze, Suzanne (Nia Long), and adopted her two children, Kevin and Lindsey. Desperate to get his new family out of his two-by-four Portland apartment, Nick purchases a home in the country, a dilapidated relic that gives a whole new meaning to the term "fixer-upper."
"Are We Done Yet?" starts off with a clever animated title sequence that brings to mind the work of the great Saul Bass in the 1950's and 1960's. Unfortunately, it's strictly downhill from there. For bad as it was, the original found at least a modicum of comic tension in the conflict between Nick and the two bratty kids who hated him. Here Nick is forced to wage an endless battle with an assortment of woodland creatures, shady contractors, loose floorboards, insect infestations, dry rot and a whole host of other homeowner inconveniences. Far from being antagonists, the other family members are reduced to little more than a grating Greek chorus cynically commenting on the hapless man's nonstop travails.
Ice Cube demonstrates a certain minor flair as an actor, but even Jim Carrey would have trouble making a silk purse out of this pratfall-laden sow's ear. With its bland mixture of anemic slapstick and gooey sentimentality, "Are We Done Yet?" is about as dreadful a movie comedy as has come down the pike in quite some time. Perhaps a more appropriate title would have been "Is it Over Yet?"