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Movie review

Don't bother taking this trip

By BILLY NORRIS
Published January 31, 2005


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[Times photo: Columbia Pictures]
Philip Daniel Bolden, left, and Ice Cube lock horns in Are We There Yet?

MOVIE: Are We There Yet?

RATING: PG

SUMMARY: Nick (Ice Cube) is a lonely bachelor who decides to chase after the beautiful woman who just took a job across the street from his sports memorabilia store. He is seriously interested in her, and the feeling seems to be mutual. But she's carrying some baggage that Nick can't handle: two children. The kids, Kevin (Philip Bolden) and Lindsey (Aleisha Allen), have been determined to keep all men out of their mom's life since their dad walked out on them. (They think he's just on a long vacation.) When Nick volunteers to drive them from Portland to Vancouver to save their mom an immense amount of trouble and try to score himself some major points, the kids are determined to make his life miserable.

MY VIEW: This trip couldn't have ended soon enough. The plot was contrived and loaded with implausible events, and the script was terribly written. Sometimes even the worst movie can be salvaged by some underlying good morals; this one can't. Even Ice Cube, whose films are generally enjoyable (Barbershop and even Anaconda), was dull and uninspired. The kids were cute, but their roles came off as very scripted, not to mention their deplorable behavior. For a film that advertises itself as a wholesome family offering, its values don't match. Racing Stripes is definitely a better bet in that sense.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Don't waste your gas.

GRADE: F

Billy Norris, 17, is in 11th grade at Seminole High School and is a former member of the X-Team.

[Last modified January 28, 2005, 12:10:04]


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