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Tom and Jerry: Are We There Yet? is a 2005 Canadian-American family comedy film directed by Brian Levant, written by Steven Gary Banks, Claudia Grazioso, J. David Stem, and David N. Weiss based on a story by Banks and Grazioso, and starring Ice Cube alongside an ensemble cast featuring Nia Long, Aleisha Allen, Philip Daniel Bolden, Jay Mohr, and Tracy Morgan.

Produced by Nickelodeon Movies and distributed by Paramount Pictures, the film was released theatrically on January 21, 2005 to generally negative reviews from critics.[2] However, the film grossed $98 million worldwide and sold 3.7 million DVDs. A sequel, Tom and Jerry: Are We Done Yet?, was released in 2007, to even worse reviews than its predecessor,[3] and a television series featuring the film's main characters premiered in 2010.

Plot

The film opens up on Christmas night in Portland, Oregon, where a man appears outside of a decorated house with flowers. On his way to the door, however, he falls into several traps and is left a mess. The culprit of these traps are revealed to be a girl and boy named Lindsey and Kevin Kingston (Aleisha Allen and Philip Daniel Bolden), whose mother has divorced their father. The two are determined to keep her single until the two reconcile.

The film then introduces Nick Persons (Ice Cube), a 35-year-old child-hating bachelor/businessman, as he purchases an expensive SUV and boasts with his beloved bobble-head of Satchel Paige (voiced by Tracy Morgan), who comes to life at its own will – though only Nick can see/hear him. When he reaches his Fine Sports Collectibles shop, he witnesses the woman of his dreams, Suzanne Kingston (Nia Long). On his way to talk to her, however, he is disgusted to find that she has two kids, Lindsey and Kevin. Later that night, he runs into her on his way home, asking for a jump start as her car had broken down. After receiving an electric shock, he agrees to take her home, and once there, agrees to transport her wherever she needs to go. On New Year's Eve, he brings her to an airport to go to Vancouver for a business meeting, but her ex-husband calls to say he's sick and cannot bring the children to the airport, leaving her to put her trust in Nick.

Once at her house, he meets Kevin and Lindsey for the second time and gives them "gifts" (a pizza coupon for Lindsey and a corkscrew for Kevin). They go to the airport, when Kevin accidentally damages Nick's car door, where Nick is beaten after Kevin learns that corkscrews are illegal to bring on planes and ditches the item in Nick's jacket pocket. They then decide to use a train, where the two kids jump off the train to collect a missing item from Kevin's doll just as Nick boards. This results in them losing their luggage. They then reluctantly decide to drive. Believing Nick is only a friend to their mother, the kids are tamed, but still misbehave and show Nick little respect. At a truck stop, the two learn from one of Nick's friends that he not only hates the two, but lied about not having feelings about their mother. They then show much less restraint and cause mayhem throughout the trip; hijacking Nick's car, injuring Nick, signaling to truck driver Al Buck (M. C. Gainey) that they have been kidnapped by Nick (resulting in heavy damage to his car startling Nick), and ultimately running away to visit their father.

Once they get there, however, they learn that their father has not only moved on, but has made a new family with a baby whose age seems to outmatch their parents divorce. Discovering their father's betrayal and abandonment, they warm up to Nick, as he does with them, when he tells them that he, too, was abandoned by his father. Along the rest of the trip, the three still find themselves in several mishaps, but each setback only strengthens their relationship. However, their bond is ultimately tested when Nick's car is set ablaze and explodes. He angrily blames the kids by pretending it was their fault who destroyed the navigator and hurts them by saying "GO AHEAD AND CRY, I DON"T CARE!", but calms down, reinstates it and apologizes immediately afterwards.

The trio try to hitch a ride from Al Buck, but he leaves Nick behind and drives off, still thinking Nick is a kidnapper. To Al's surprise, the kids physically attack him in the van, leading to a chase that ends when in Vancouver, where Nick fights Al, along with several men dressed as snowmen. During the fight, Kevin suddenly gets an asthma attack and collapses. Nick rushes to his aid with the inhaler and is able to revive him. Witnessing the event, Suzanne believes trusting Nick was a mistake. After encouragement from Satchel, Nick goes to Suzanne's hotel to tell her and the kids farewell for good. After Suzanne realizes how much Nick has grown to care for Kevin and Lindsey and vice versa, Suzanne realizes that Nick is the one for her and kiss on New Years during the fireworks at Lindsey's suggestion.

Cast

  • Ice Cube as Nicholas "Nick" Persons, a smooth-talking, child-hating bachelor
  • Nia Long as Suzanne Kingston, a divorced single mother
  • Aleisha Allen as Lindsey Kingston, Suzanne's bratty, clever and antagonistic eleven-year-old daughter
  • Philip Daniel Bolden as Kevin Kingston, Suzanne's asthmatic, immature son and Lindsey's seven-year-old brother
  • Jay Mohr as Marty, Nick's best friend
  • M. C. Gainey as Al Buck (known as "Big Al"), a well-meaning truck driver who stalks Nick throughout the film in an effort to "rescue" the kids, as he mistakenly believes that Nick has kidnapped them
  • Tracy Morgan as Satchel Paige Bobblehead (voice), Nick's prized possession and confidant who speaks to him through his conscience
  • C. Ernst Harth as Ernst, a truck driver who tries to help Nick save the kids from Big Al but fails after Big Al crashes his truck.
  • Nichelle Nichols as Miss Mable, Kevin and Lindsey's babysitter.
  • Sean Millington as Frank Kingston, Kevin and Lindsey's father and Suzanne's ex husband, who abandoned his family some time ago before the events of the film and Kevin and Lindsay discover that he has a new wife and son.
  • Henry Simmons as Carl, Suzanne's date who was scared off by Kevin and Lindsay.

Production

Are We There Yet? was filmed in Sea-to-Sky Corridor, the Vancouver International Airport (disguised as Portland International Airport), and Portland. Most of the film was shot in Vancouver. The highway by the shoreline on the way to Whistler Mountain is the Sea-to-Sky Highway. The suspension bridge is actually the Lions Gate Bridge, above Stanley Park, and they drive over one of the many bridges that connect downtown with the southern part of the city. When Ice Cube stated on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, he mentioned that this film was originally intended as an Adam Sandler vehicle.

The scene at the truck stop and the restaurant (actually called Galileo Coffee) after the kids saw their father in the window was filmed in Britannia Beach. The chase at the end where the truck chase was filmed on the Cambie Street Bridge and Dunsmuir St. between Howe and Burrard Station. The train featured in the film is Via Rail. In reality, Via Rail travels only in Canada. The Amtrak route is the Amtrak Cascades which goes through Seattle. The Pacific Central Station in Vancouver.

Filming

The movie was filmed from November 17 2003 up to February 22 2004.

Reception

Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 11% of 116 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating is 3.3/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "This supposed family comedy starring the usually blameless Ice Cube and Nia Long has provoked most critics to write, Is it over yet?"[4] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 27 out of 100 based on 28 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[2] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[5]

Box office

The film opened at #1, with a gross of $18.6 million in 2,709 theaters averaging $6,856 per venue. The film's opening weekend made up 22.57% of its final domestic gross. In its second weekend, the film dropped to #2 but lost just 12% of its audience, grossing a further $16.3 million, and raised the 10-day total to $38.5 million. It closed on June 16, 2005, with a final gross of $97.9 million worldwide ($82.7 million in North America and $15.2 million internationally).[6] The film was released in the United Kingdom on February 17, 2005, and opened on #6 within the first weekend.[7] The next weekend, the film moved up one place, then down back to #6, before finally ending up on #13 on March 25, 2005.[8][9][10]

Awards and nominations

Television series

Main article: Are We There Yet? (TV series)

In 2010, Are We There Yet? premiered on TBS. The show's executive producer and creator is Ice Cube, who created and starred in the film adaptation. All of the roles from the film series are recast. Terry Crews, who previously worked with Cube in Friday After Next and Lottery Ticket, takes over the role of Nick and Essence Atkins, who was in Dance Flick and Smart Guy, takes over Nia Long's role as Suzanne. The only actor from the film series to return for the television series is Ice Cube, who stars in a recurring role as Suzanne's brother, Terrence.

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