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Are We There Yet?
Directed by Brian Levant
Produced by Matt Alvarez
Ice Cube
Dan Kolsrud
Written by Steven Gary Banks
Claudia Graziolo
Starring Ice Cube
Nia Long
Music by David Newman
Cinematography Tom Ackerman
Editing by Lawrence Jordan
Studio Revolution Studios
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) January 21, 2005 (2005-01-21)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $32 million
Gross revenue $97,918,663
Followed by Are We Done Yet?

Are We There Yet? is a 2005 American comedy film which was produced by Revolution Studios and was distributed by Columbia Pictures, directed by Brian Levant. Although it was panned by critics,[1] it grossed $82 million in North America alone and sold 3.7 million DVDs.

The film, while set in Portland, Oregon, Vancouver, British Columbia and other parts of the Pacific Northwest, was mostly shot on location in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, including a view of the Lions' Gate Bridge, the Financial District skyscrapers and the downtown scene near the film's conclusion. A sequel, Are We Done Yet?, was released in 2007.

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Plot

Nick Persons (Ice Cube), the main protagonist, is a bachelor who specializes in sports collectibles. He finds himself attracted to the bright, stunning Suzanne Kingston (Nia Long), until he realizes that she has two children: a daughter, Lindsey (Aleisha Allen) and a son, Kevin (Philip Bolden). Lindsey is eleven years old and Kevin is seven. They strongly believe that the only man suitable for Suzanne is their estranged father, Frank Kingston (Henry Simmons), whom they haven't seen in years. Nick's best friends are the co-owner of his store, Marty (Jay Mohr), and a Satchel Paige bobblehead (voiced by Tracy Morgan), who talks to Nick through his conscience.

When Suzanne is stuck in Vancouver on a business trip, she is unhappy missing her children. Furthermore, Frank, who was supposed to be looking after Lindsey and Kevin for the weekend, cancels at the last minute, saying that he was sick. Later in the movie, it turns out that Frank has lied to them, as Lindsey and Kevin pass by his house, discovering that their father has another wife and newborn baby. Seizing the opportunity to win Suzanne over, Nick offers to transport Lindsey and Kevin from Portland to Vancouver by plane, despite the fact that he finds that the kids very annoying and described them as snot-nosed runts and cockroaches that you can't squish. Lindsey and Kevin do their best to make Nick's trip as nightmarish as possible.

When Nick first meets Lindsey and Kevin, they insist he takes them out and shows them how to be 'gangster'. Nick gives Kevin a corkscrew and tells him "the first rule is protect yourself." Nick, Lindsey, and Kevin were supposed to go on a plane to Vancouver. However, as corkscrews and other potentially lethal objects are not allowed on planes, Kevin must get rid of the one that was given to him by Nick. He sneaks the corkscrew into Nick's coat pocket to get him in trouble. The guard asks Nick to come over to another spot to scan for the metallic object, and Nick does so. He tells him to spread Nick's arms and legs apart, and then the guard starts to check to see if Nick is hiding any weapons or anything dangerous. When he checks Nick's pocket, the device starts making a weird beeping sound, and the guards reaches into Nick's coat pocket to see what weapon he has. When he sees that Nick has the corkscrew, he shouts, "CORKSCREW!", and then, some other guards run up to Nick and tackle him to the ground (one guard tackles his face).

Nick, Lindsey, and Kevin are now forbidden to travel by plane, so they must travel by train now. Nick boarded the train, and as the train was pulling off, he realized that Lindsey and Kevin were not on the train. Nick runs to the back of the train, keeping up with them, until he gets to the end of the train. He then jumps off of the train, leaving the luggage in the seat that he was intending to sit in on board the train. Nick and the kids then drive to Vancouver.

The road trip seems to be a disaster from the outset, as Nick faces numerous mishaps in quick succession (first, Lindsey tells Al Buck (M.C. Gainey), the main antagonist, to help them (through a cardboard "HELP US" sign) escape Nick when he keeps threatening Kevin. ). However, after Lindsey and Kevin discover their father's betrayal, they warm up to Nick, as he does with them, when he tells them that he, too, was abandoned by his father. With the consent of the kids, Nick and Suzanne are officially dating by the end of the film.

Cast

Production

Are We There Yet? was filmed in Campbell River, British Columbia, the Vancouver International Airport (disguised as Portland International Airport), and Portland. Most of the film was shot in Vancouver. The highway by the shoreline on the way to Whistler Mountain is the Sea-To-Sky Highway. The suspension bridge is actually the Lions Gate Bridge, above Stanley Park, and they drive over one of the many bridges that connect downtown with the southern part of the city. The scene at the truck stop and the restaurant (actually called Galileo Coffee) after the kids saw their father in the window was filmed in Britannia Beach. The chase at the end where the truck chase was filmed on the Cambie Street Bridge and Dunsmuir St. between Howe and Burrard Station.

The train featured in the movie is VIA Rail. In reality, VIA Rail travels only in Canada. The Amtrak route is the Amtrak Cascades which goes through Seattle. The Pacific Central Station in Vancouver is a local landmark.

Reception

The film received very negative reviews from film critics. Rotten Tomatoes lists it with a "Rotten" rating of only 12% from T-meter critics, based on 111 reviews (13 fresh, 98 rotten) with an average rating of 3.3/10, and an even worse rating of only 10% from the top critics based on 31 reviews (3 fresh, 28 rotten) with an average rating of 3.7/10. Metacritic lists it with a 24 out of 100 which indicates "generally negative reviews". Roger Ebert gave it 2 out of 4 stars saying it wasn't funny and the children were too fictional.

Box office

The film opened at #1 with a gross of $18,575,214 in 2,709 theaters averaging $6,856 per venue. The film's opening weekend made up 22.57% of its final domestic gross. In its second weekend, the film dropped to #2 but lost just 12% of its audience, grossing a further $16,346,395, and raised the 10 day total to $38,458,267. It closed on June 16, 2005 with a final gross of $97,918,663 worldwide ($82,674,398 in North America and $15,244,265 overseas)

Awards and nominations

References

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Are We There Yet? is a 2005 comedy film, directed by Brian Levant, and starring Ice Cube.


[Kevin opens the car door into a pole, causing the yellow paint to stain on it]
Nick: Aw, damn! Boy, didn't you hear what I just said?!
Lindsey: (amazed) Ooh, you swore!
Nick: You're damn right I swore! That's about $400 damage worth to my new car!
Lindsey: That's twice. Now you have to put $2 in the Swear Jar.
Nick: (to Kevin) Yeah, well, he's got to put about $400 dollars in my pocket, you got $400 for me?!
Kevin: No!
Nick: And I want it cash!
Kevin: [starts crying]

Kevin: I have to pee.
Nick: What?! No, no, no, you do not have to pee! Didn't you just go back at the train station?
Kevin: I tried to go, but there was a man standing next to me, so it just went away.
Nick: But look, man, all this open road. You can hold it, I know you can. Just cross your legs.
[Kevin does so]
Lindsey: You should've asked him to go before we left.
Nick: I did!
Lindsey: No, you asked before we got on the train, not before we left the station. You're supposed to ask before every segment. Everyone knows that.
Nick: Evidently not.

Kid: Hey, mister, you got any Yu-Gi-Oh?
Nick: What you think?
Kid: Got any Dragon Ball GT?
Nick: Look, you always come in here asking the same question. We ain't got no Pokemon, no Digimon, no Buffy, no SpongeBob, no Beanie Babies, [spots a kid about to steal a trading card, so Nick throws a football at him] and no shoplifters! Now, get! Both of y'all, get!

Lindsey: I knew you were lying. "Yeah, we're just friends." Yeah, right. You're just usin' us to suck up to our Mama.
Nick: What?!
Kevin: Yeah, you're just a dirty, horny sex-man like all the others. Nasty man, you're a nasty, bad man!
Nick: Look, I tried to do your Mama a favor, you little booger!
Kevin: You probably wanna kiss her, don't 'cha? [he makes a face on the window]
Nick: Hey, off the glass! Off the glass! [to Lindsey] And you, open this door.
Lindsey: You forgot the magic word.
Nick: Open this damn door!
Kevin: Ooh, you just swore again! Lindsey, he just swore again!
Nick: So what? Hey, I'm not playin' with you.
Lindsey: You can't make us do anything.
Nick: Hey! This is my car! You hear me, little girl?! This is my car!
[Lindsey is getting ready to put the car into acceleration]
Nick: Uh uh! You better not! Look at me, I'm serious! I'm not playin' with you, little girl, okay? Now, if you don't open that door before I count to three, somebody gonna get it.

Lindsey: What was Mom thinking?
Kevin: I don't know, I like him. He's kinda funny.
Lindsey: Hey, don't get soft! This guy is not our daddy. He's the enemy.

Amish man: This is why we don't come to the city.

Nick: Quite down on there... have patience.
Kevin, Lindsey: [making alarm blaring noises] Aaaaaaaah! TURN IT OFF, NICK! Hurry-hurry!
Nick: Alright, calm down.

Kevin: I'm not gonna make it. Do you have a bottle?
Nick: No!
Kevin: How about this ashtray?
Nick: Kevin, there's no recepticle in this vehicle. Now, look, the exit's about a mile away, and you can hold it.
Kevin: How far is a mile?
Nick: I don't know, 5,000 and some kinda feet. Think about something else; football, a math test, uh, puberty.
Kevin: "Are we there yet?"
Nick: No!
Lindsey: I'm sure the carpet's absorbant.
Kevin: Here it comes!
Satchel Paige: For God sakes, man, he's gonna make his water in your car!
Nick: No, he ain't. Incoming, incoming, incoming! Aaaah! Hold it, man.

Nick: Oh, man! I never ever got to read the manual! Hit the dirt!
[There's the adult and kids screams leap off the explodes in car to Nick's car has gone into flames]
Nick: This is about a year's pay. What did I do... what did I do why happening to me?! It was two! If I didn't voulenteer to babysit you two little...DEMONS! This wouldn't never happened, and I'll still have my car! [Kevin & Lindsey starts crying] Go ahead and cry, I don't care.

Nick: Here we go, here we go!
[Nick kick her open the dirty water by toilet]
Kevin, Nick Ewwwwwwwwwwwwww!!
Nick: In here, in here, hold it, hold it.
[Kevin slams the toilet hut door]
Woman: [on freaking out] This is taken!
Nick: I'm sorry!







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