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Wednesday, April 4, 2007 08:22 pm

Cube takes it up a notch

Are we tired of sequels yet?

Untitled Document Are We Done Yet? Running time 1:33 Rated PG ShowPlace East,
Parkway Pointe

Ice Cube’s Are We There Yet? is on my list of the worst movies of 2005. Cube’s awkward attempt to transform himself into a cuddly comic unfortunately managed to gross more than $80 million, making a sequel inevitable. Surprisingly, follow-up film Are We Done Yet? isn’t nearly as bad as the original. This time, the producers seem to have tried to make a quality film. That they fall short isn’t the result of a lack of trying; instead, it’s simply because it’s difficult to make a good movie that features one scene in which the hero wrestles a giant fish and at least four others that involve thrown food. However, the makers of Done claim that it’s an update of the Cary Grant classic Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. I don’t recall seeing Grant dealing with psychotic deer in that one, so I’ll just have to take screenwriter Hank Nelkin’s word for it. Newly married and living in his cramped condo with wife Suzanne (Nia Long) and her two kids, Lindsey and Kevin (Aleisha Allen and Philip Bolden), Nick Persons (Cube) suspects that a move to a bigger place is in his future. The plan is put on the fast track when he’s informed that he’ll be the father of twins in a matter of months. Seeking a change of pace, he takes his brood to the sticks, where he buys a rambling old Victorian house that needs “a bit” of work. Needless to say, chaos and frustration ensue. Done contains more than its fair share of slapstick moments and far too many “comedic” encounters with wild animals, but it also has genuine moments of inspiration and laughs. It’s safe to say that Are We Done Yet? won’t make anybody’s best-of list for 2007, but it won’t make many “worst” rosters, either.
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