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Are We There Yet? is a 2005 comedy film about Nick Kingston (Ice Cube), a swinging bachelor who falls for Suzanne (Nia Long), a beautiful businesswoman and divorced mother with 2 bratty kids, Lindsey and Kevin. Suzanne has to go to a business meeting in Vancouver and asks Nick to bring her kids. But her two kids do not like Nick and purposefully sabotage their trip in order to split Nick and Suzanne apart. Throughout the trip, Nick and the kids clash repeatedly, but end up bonding.

The film was followed up by a sequel Are We Done Yet?, where he and the family move to a new house in desperate need of repair, and spun-off a TV series also named Are We There Yet?, set in a different continuity and with different actors. The show has Nick (now played by Terry Crews) as a successful sports talk show host with the kids' bad behavior significantly toned down. His wife Suzanne's (played by Essence Atkins) bossiness and stubborn manner provides the greatest source of conflict within the show. Cube is a producer to the series, and has a role as Suzanne's brother.


The series provides examples of:

  • The Alleged Car: Nick's navigator takes so much abuse throughout the entirety of the first film. It eventually ends with the car exploding completely.
  • Are We There Yet?: The title of the film.
  • Ascended Extra: Suzanne has a lot more screen time in the sequel.
  • Babies Ever After: Nick and Suzanne have twins in the sequel.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Oh, no! Nick's getting run over! Oh, wait, just the twin motorcycle fakeout.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Between Nick and Suzanne at the end of the first film.
  • Bonding over Missing Parents: When Lindsey and Kevin see through a window that their father is not sick, and with a woman and infant implied to be his new wife and child, they realize that he was lying so he does not have to see them. When Nick finds out, he reveals how his own father abandoned him while comforting the two. Lindsey and Kevin eventually come to terms with the fact that their father does not want them in his life and learn to accept Nick as their new father figure.
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  • Bratty Half-Pint: Lindsey and Kevin, especially in the first movie.
  • Break the Haughty: While they didn't deserve the heartbreak they got when they found out their father is remarried with another child, Lindsey and Kevin learn to stop behaving like brats towards Nick. Even Nick feels sorry for the duo.
  • Brick Joke: At the end of the second movie, a ladder falls on to the front of Nick's car, smashing the windscreen to bits. This trope applies as the first movie was centered around his original car being destroyed by the kids.
  • Butt-Monkey: The series, particularly the sequel, refuses to go one minute without tormenting Nick.
  • Child Hater: Basically Nick's defining character trait, and for good reasons too!
  • Companion Cube: Kevin's Galaktico figure to the point where he refuses to leave the ignited car without finding it. It's because he keeps his asthma inhaler in the figure's leg. Nick also has his bobble head Satch but the bobblehead is (to him) alive and acts as a conscience.
  • Cool Car: Nick had it going since the beginning, but it went through so much trauma...
  • Dirty Old Woman: Miss Mable, who tries to make moves on Nick when Suzanne isn't around.
  • First Father Wins: Deconstruction. Lindsey and Kevin Kingston greatly adore their divorced father, Frank, and made it their mission to chase away their mother, Suzanne's, boyfriends until their parents reunite. However, it's evident that their mother has no interest in reconnecting with their father; when Suzanne is talking on the phone with Frank, who claimed he was sick so he could not pick up their children, she protests he has not spent time with them since Labor Day, and while they're arguing, he just hangs up on her. This implies that Frank has not stayed in contact with his ex-wife and children after the divorce. Lindsey and Kevin run away from Nick Persons, their mother's friend, when they learn he is interested in Suzanne and decide to go to their father's house, believing they can get their parents to fall in love again. But when they arrive, they see through a window that Frank is not sick, but in fact with a new family. Lindsey and Kevin finally realize that their father was lying to them so he could cut them out from his life. Even Nick, who was understandably angry with their antics, is sympathetic when he learns this and assures them that it was not their fault because their father is losing out on having his children in his life. Though painful, Lindsey and Kevin accept that their father does not want them around anymore and bond with Nick as their new father figure.
  • Gasshole: Gigi, when she gets nervous or upset. Woe to anyone stuck on a stalled elevator with her.
  • Groin Attack: Kevin kicks Nick, when he offers to teach him some “Chinese.” Later when the kids steal the car from Nick, he ends up hangs no upside in the open car too down with his legs open and the car is driven into a statue of a lumber jack complete with an axe, the axe connects with his testicles . He moans and coughs.
  • Harmful to Minors: Discussed between Nick and Lindsay when Kevin is heard playing the videogame Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem.
    Lindsay: That game doesn't sound G-Rated.
    Nick: Yeah but it's keeping him occupied.
    Lindsay: The boy played Lady Pac-Man at the mall and had nightmares for a week! (grabs the controller).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Nick comes off as a selfish Child Hater, but he will still go out his way to be polite to others and help them out.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Downplayed with Kevin and Lindsey. They're not particularly bad children, but their recalcitrant behavior towards Nick (even when he tries to do something nice for them) can border on unnecessarily antagonistic torment.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: At the end of the film, Al's truck gets towed away.
  • Kids Play Match Breaker: Lindsey and Kevin scare away all of their mother’s dates so she can get back together with their dad. At the beginning of the movie, they set up a trap for one unlucky suitor that ends in him covered in glue and trapped in a Santa blow-up. When Nick is left with them, they terrorize him to nip any potential romance he might have with their mom in the bud. They lie that he’s kidnapped them to strangers, lock him out of his car, and even hop a train to get away from him.
  • Living Toys: The wisecracking Satchel Paige bobblehead (often referred to as simply “Satch”), voiced by Tracy Morgan, in the first film. Satch is not featured in the sequel.
  • New Year Has Come: The film takes place on New Year's Eve.
  • Nice Guy: Chuck, in the sequel.
  • Out of Focus: Kevin and Lindsey are relegated to supporting players in the sequel, as the story is more centered around Nick and Chuck.
  • Pac-Man Fever: Kevin is shown playing Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem in Nick's minivan, and he's mashing the controller while the game makes sounds similar to collecting coins in Super Mario Bros..
  • Parental Abandonment: Lindsey and Keven's father was deemed sick. However, after getting to where he lives, they learned the hard way as to why he was really gone.
  • Parodies of Fire: Happens as the doctor power-walks to the family's house in the sequel.
  • Pushover Parents: Subverted. Suzanne stands up to her kids, but she doesn't give effective punishment for their actions.
  • Reactive Continuous Scream: Happens in the second movie, between Nick and a frigging FISH.
  • Shout-Out: Kevin plays the videogame Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem at one point.
  • Tempting Fate: My God, this movie is full of them.
    • Nick to a nauseated Kevin: "Hey, man, don't even worry about it. There's nothing more that you could do to this car". Cue vomit.
  • Title Drop: Near the start of the first movie, Kevin asks Nick if they are there yet.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Kevin projectile vomits on the car's windshield, forcing the three to pull into a rest area to clean out the car.
  • Wham Line: When it seems like Suzanne wouldn't forgive Nick for what's happened to her kids in his custody and he turns to leave, she says this line:
    Suzanne: Nick? We can't be friends.... Because I want to be more than just a friend.
    Nick: (happily) What?
  • Wham Shot: When Kevin and Lindsay finally make it to where their absentee father lives. He is not only not sick and bedridden as he led them to believe, he is also remarried with a new baby, much to their dismay. Even Nick felt sorry for them.


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Alternative Title(s): Are We There Yet


Are We Done Yet?

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