Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Nia Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (John C. McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business
If, 18 years ago, you had told rapper Ice Cube he'd have a hit family movie called Are We There Yet?
, he would have sneered in your face. Yet here he is with that movie's sequel, Are We Done Yet?
, in which Nick Persons (Cube
) takes his new wife Suzanne (Nia Long, Big Momma's House
) and her two cantankerous kids out to an old house in the country. Unfortunately, the house proves to have a few problems, and Nick finds himself at the mercy of a real estate agent/contractor/house inspector/midwife Chuck (John C. McGinley, Scrubs
), who before long is turning Nick's house--and his life--inside out. The script for Are We Done Yet?
is based on an classic (though little remembered) Cary Grant movie, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
. While Cube doesn't have Grant's comic skills, he has grown into a comfortable and charming screen presence, and he gives this ramshackle entertainment a decent foundation. But it's McGinley who steals the movie with his truly bizarre yet mesmerizing performance; aside from some pratfalls, Cube spends most of the movie staring in horror or astonishment at McGinley as the tall lanky white man walks a very fine line between comedy and schizophrenia. --Bret Fetzer