Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Are We There Yet|
Genres: Kids & Family
NEW from Banyan Entertainment! (Producers of Trading Spaces, Wedding Story, Baby Story, and Birth Day.) Tired of your kids asking "are we there yet?" on every road trip? The brand new "Are We There Yet?" DVD is the first o... more »
My 4 year old loved it!
K. Green-Spangler | Buffalo, NY | 06/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We both enjoyed the DVD a great deal. The songs stuck in our heads and we both found ourselves humming them throughout the day. This DVD would be a great asset to parents with portable DVD players. It will serve as a FUN reminder for children who may get bored on the trip for things that can be done to help pass the "Miles". We loved the little quizzes and had fun
competing for the answers. I would recommend this DVD to parents with little adventure seekers."
Kathy Schneider | Wolfforth, TX | 06/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I found this DVD not only educational, without my children knowing it but interesting, as well. If you asked their opinion they say it was FUNNY! My youngest two children are still asking to watch it again and again and are now quoting from ARE WE THERE YET? Well done! This is a keeper for our movie gallery for my children to choose from.
Kids: 4, 7, and 17"
Road Trip Lifesaver
Jen Lilienstein | Summerland, CA | 05/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kids have just as much fun playing these old classic travel games with Miles and his friends as we all did when we were young. And even parents may catch themselves humming or singing along to Rebecca Frezza's catchy car tunes. (I know I did!) The chapter DVD format makes it really easy for kids to play their favorite parts over and over again. Great to pop into the minivan DVD player for both short and long car trips!"
All over the place and never quite went anywhere
Durling Heath | Cohoes, NY | 02/13/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"There is nothing wrong with a contrived conflict to move the plot along, especially in a slapstick kid's comedy. However, if a movie is not really that funny, then contrived conflict is just another annoyance.
In "Are We There Yet," Ice Cube plays Nick, the owner of an upscale sports memorabilia store and a "Playa." Nick is struck by lightning when he scopes Suzanne (Nia Long) across the street from his store, but is just as quickly turned off when he sees Suzanne's two children, Lindsey (Aleisha Allen) and Kevin (Philip Bolden.) By chance, Suzanne's car stalls on a deserted highway on a rainy night, and Nick gets the chance to get to know Suzanne as a person, not to mention to show off his new, tricked-out Lincoln Navigator. Lindsey and Kevin are convinced that their parents will eventually reunite, so the two do everything in their clever and bratty little heads to keep potential suitors away from their mom. However, when the children's father is unable to take them, Nick volunteers to fly with the kids to Vancouver where Suzanne has a business event. However, after a series of unfortunate, unlikely, and manufactured events, Nick decides to drive the kids to Vancouver in the Navigator. Let's just say things get ugly for Nick.
In general, such an adventure will eventually produce either a likeable protagonist, moral transformation of the antagonists, or both. `Are We There Yet' fails to accomplish either. Nick is inconsistent in his approach to the Lindsey and Kevin, and he varies in his desire to strangle or to hug the two ornery little brats. (I can't say that I could have blamed him if Nick did actually strangle the kids. At least Nick would have gone to prison and the movie would have ended there.) Lindsey and Kevin themselves never really seem to get the point that treating other people, adults, like refuse is not the way to a happy ending. Even the happy ending was forced.
`Are We There Yet' certainly had potential, however. Small roles for Nichelle Nichols (who portrayed Lieutenant Uhuru in the original Star Trek television show and films) as Miss Marble, the kids' babysitter, Jay Mohr as Marty, Nick's employee at the memorabilia store, and Tracy Morgan as the voice of the Satchel Paige bobble-head doll provided the opportunity for a lot of fun for both children and parents in the audience. However, very little of the characters' jokes or personalities were very well developed, and thus fell flat. (Marty did have the line of the movie though. When talking with Nick on his cell phone during his trip through Hell after Nick endures yet another particularly difficult onslaught from Lindsey and Kevin, Marty quips, "If the kids hate ya,' Mommy won't date ya.'") Even Nia Long's character, Suzanne underwent a frightening transformation from a loving, potential love interest for Nick to some sort of shallow mega-bitch.
In short, there is not much here. The silly, slapstick humor fell short. The kid's behavior was not funny and a poor model for a young audience. `Are We There Yet' was simply all over the place and never quite went anywhere. I guess it's better than Vancouver.