Story

Nick Persons (Ice Cube) finds his small bachelor city apartment a little on the cramped side when his new wife Suzanne (Nia Long) and two step-children Lindsey (Aleisha Allen) and Kevin (Phillip Bolden) move in. When Suzanne announces that she is pregnant, Nick decides that it's time to move into a bigger house in the country.

Nick buys a picturesque but rundown nineteenth century mansion in a quiet country town from an overly enthusiastic real estate agent named Chuck Mitchell Jr. (John C. McGinley).

Nick sets out to restore his dream house but, after a number of mishaps, finally admits defeat and calls in the local contractor who turns out to be Chuck Mitchell. The extensive renovations require Chuck’s constant attention, who eventually all but moves in with Nick and his family. Resenting Chuck’s involvement with his family, Nick fires him and his entire team of workers and puts the house up for sale.

After a family breakdown, Suzanne and the children leave. Time alone in the house allows Nick to reflect upon recent events and re-evaluate his priorities in life.

Themes

Blended families; family breakdown; teenage rebellion

Violence

Are We Done Yet? contains some slapstick cartoon-like violence with little harm caused. There are also many accidents depicted which, in real life, could cause serious injury, but don't seem to cause any harm in the movie. Examples of violence include the following:

  • Nick chases Chuck with a piece of wood in a threatening manner. Chuck sweeps Nick’s feet from under him and then jumps on top of him stabbing him between the legs in a threatening manner: no-one is hurt.
  • While fishing, Kevin is pulled into a lake by a giant fish. Nick jumps in after him and wrestles with the giant fish.
  • A man slaps his younger brother across the head.
  • Nick faints when he looks between his wife’s legs as she is about to give birth. Hot chili sauce is then poured onto Nick’s face to revive him.    
  • Nick has food thrown over him.

Content that may disturb children

Under 8

In addition to the scenes above, there are other scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children in this age group, including the following:

  • A giant fish behaves in a threatening manner.
  • A deer growls like a grisly bear.
  • An owl swoops down on a small squirrel that is sitting on Nick’s hand, grabs it and carries it off.
  • A bird is accidentally shot by a nailgun. 
  • The film’s opening credits include cartoon images of a man being electrocuted, falling off ladders, falling through floors, attacked by animals.
  • Nick crashes through a bathroom door.
  • Nick burns his hand on an oven door.
  • A child is thrown through the air when a swing that he is playing on breaks.
  • A broken doorknob is thrown into the air with a cat screaming in the background.
  • Nick falls from the house roof and lands in the garden.
  • A chandelier falls from a ceiling, narrowly missing several people.
  • Nick is electrocuted and falls down.
  • Nick falls through the roof of the house. 
  • Nick capsizes a boat and is scared by a giant fish.
  • Nick is chased by bats in a chimney.
  • Nick runs into a glass door and falls to the ground.
  • Nick hits his thumb with a hammer.

Over 8

Children over eight are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this movie.

Sexual references

This movie contains some sexual references, including the following examples:

  • When Suzanne tells Nick she is pregnant, he responds, ‘By whom?’
  • Teenage children talk about fish giving birth to baby fish.
  • Nick and Suzanne talk about how there are lots of rooms in their new house that are in need of being ‘broken in’.
  • Plastic footwear is described as ‘nice booty’.
  • A reference is made to ‘coupling is participation’.
  • Nick chases off a squirrel eating nuts, stating that it ‘shouldn’t mess with a man’s nuts’.

Alcohol, drugs and other substances 

Nick is drinking beer in a bar when he finds out that his wife is having twins. He quickly drinks a couple of shots of vodka.

Nudity and sexual activity

This movie contains some nudity and sexual activity, including the following examples:

  • Suzanne is depicted in a number of scenes wearing low cut tops exposing her cleavage.
  • Nick and Suzanne are seen in bed, with Suzanne wearing low cut tops.
  • On a couple of occasions, Chuck places his ear next to Suzanne’s stomach to listen to her unborn babies.
  • The 13-year old daughter (Lindsey) sneaks off to a party and dances with a young man with their arms wrapped around each other. Later they hug together.

Product placement

A 13-year-old girl owns and uses a mobile phone. She is also seen in a state of panic when denied the use of her phone.

Coarse language 

This movie contains some very occasional low-level coarse language and verbal putdowns.

Ideas to discuss with your children

Are We Done Yet? is a slapstick family comedy with mediocre humour but will appeal to preteens and teenagers. The movie is based on the value of family and friends and shows that a house is not necessarily a home but has to be made into one.

You might like to discuss other values explored in this movie such as the care we need to take when assessing someone’s character, as with Nick’s assessment and re-assessment of Chuck Mitchell.

The movie presents an opportunity to discuss with your children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences. For example:

  • Lindsey’s attitude towards boys and how this attitude could result in dangerous real-life consequences
  • the manner in which the film presents Lindsey’s defiant and at times selfish and thoughtless attitude as ‘cool’ and acceptable
  • family breakdown and resolution.