Since long before the invention of the automobile—and no doubt since long before the invention of the wheel itself—children the world over have had to cope with the fact that grown–ups will often try their patience by taking them on long and boring journeys. And now, thanks to so–called family films like Are We There Yet?, children have plenty of opportunities to return the favor, as they drag their parents and guardians to the multiplex and compel them to sit through mediocre, cliché–ridden comedies about such journeys.
There are two things potential audience members need to know about Are We There Yet?. First, the film was originally developed as a vehicle, so to speak, for Adam Sandler, who ultimately passed on the project. In other words, the movie—which now stars rapper–turned–filmmaker Ice Cube as a playboy bachelor who hates kids but gives two precocious little tykes a ride just to impress their mother—is a hand–me–down, a film that failed to meet Sandler's own not–so–high standards. Second, the film is set, for the most part, on New Year's Eve, and may have been intended for the holidays—but the studio didn't release it until three weeks later, when box–office competition is pretty soft. Perhaps this suggests a lack of confidence on the studio's part?
It helps, at least, that the stars have a fair bit of charisma. However R–rated the bulk of his films might be, Ice Cube has in recent years been moving towards the family–friendly mainstream, first with the PG–13 Barbershop movies—in which he plays a married father who is profoundly aware of the legacy he has inherited from his own old man—and ...1
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Are We There Yet?
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