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Ice Cube has turned his frown upside down with the family-friendly screwball road movieAre We There Yet?We know the actor/rapper can use his trademark scowl to be funny (theFridayandBarbershopseries), or to be mean (Boyz in the Hood)--but can he use it to melt kids' hearts? That's the questionAre We There Yet?answers with a resounding yes for youngsters in the audience (which will be the lions' share), but it'll probably be an emphatic shrug for the grownups. The contrived plot has Cube playing a wannabe-player (as in ladies' man) and ex-player (as in washed-up minor league baseball star) who now owns a sports memorabilia business. His partner, played by Jay Mohr is just a throwaway, as is the talented Nia Long, the single mom that Cube sets his blinged-out sights on. To try to get in her good graces, he offers to transport her two bratty kids in his pride-and-joy Lincoln Navigator for a joy ride to a distant city where she's attending an emergency business meeting so they can have a New Year's Eve celebration together. This kiddies version ofRoad TripandPlanes, Trains and Automobileshas its cute moments, but plenty more gross-out moments which will please the kids no end, especially as the Navigator gets more and more trashed. Suffice it to say they all learn about each others' good sides and hearts are suitably melted all around--until after the credits roll, then you'll probably forget about the whole thing.--Ted Fry
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CastIce Cube, Jay Mohr, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen, Philip Bolden
DirectorBRIAN LEVANT
Screen WriterClaudia Grazioso, David N. Weiss, J. David Stem, Steven Gary Banks
DVD Release Date:  March 20, 2007
Runtime:  95 minutes
Studio:  Sony Pictures
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Nick Persons (Ice Cube) is a swinging bachelor that lives in Portland, Oregon. He runs a successful and highly profitable sports hobby shop. One day Nick sees a beautiful woman that he almost immediately falls for. Her name is Suzanne Kingston (Nia Long) and she has all the characteristics of a mate that Nick has been looking for. However, Nick soon learns that Suzanne is divorced and has two children. Nick is terrified of children, but he likes Suzanne and is determined to make their relationship …
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