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Are We There Yet? Review

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Work is keeping Suzanne in New York, away from new boyfriend Nick and her two kids in Washington D.C. for New Year's Eve. Nice guy Nick offers to bring the kids over, while the kids do their darnedest to thwart him.

★★★★

The Omen and Home Alone have already shown us that violent kids can either be very scary or very funny. This aims for funny but ends up terrifying.

Scowling teddy bear rapper Ice Cube plays Nick, a relatively blameless bachelor who tries to win the heart of a divorcée (Long) by escorting her two children (Allen and Bolden) to visit her on a business trip. The kids, however, are determined to screw up his chances, causing property damage and personal injury in a malevolent quest to keep their mother single.

The problem is, the evil lil' cuties are given no redeeming features by a script that rockets between its own lame set-pieces.

The problem is, the evil lil’ cuties are given no redeeming features by a script that rockets between lame set-pieces. Ice Cube tries his familiar good-hearted playa routine, but even his charisma can’t redeem the clunky dialogue or those demonic brats.