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Are We Done Yet? (Blu-ray)


Picture: B     Sound: B     Extras: C-     Film: C-



Nothing like an unnecessary sequel to a film that did not even do that well to define how bad filmmaking has become commercially from Hollywood or shallow the idea pool has shrunk.  “They ran out of ideas” is the all-time cop-out response to this and shows an “I don’t care” ignorance that actually encourages more junk.  Though we have seen worse (like the quasi-snuff films of late), Steve Carr’s Are We Done Yet? (2007) is the almost total-turkey sequel to the already trite Are We There Yet? which both attempt the alchemy of making Ice Cube family friendly.


This time, the likable Nia Long and better-than-this John C. McGinley land up in a very lame attempt to recreate the lack of excitement and lack of profit the Tom Hanks bomb The Money Pit still splats on anyone unlucky enough to see any scene from it.  This kind of comedy may have worked up until the 1950s, but the TV sitcom ended that.  Too bad Revolution Studios did not get he message, which explains why their output is so poor, which gives us hope for Across The Universe as they likely have a masterpiece on their hands they would rather ruin.  Until then, to answer the title of this film, “a long, long, long time ago, but you will not stop!”  It is up to you to help them and skip this mess.


The 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image is not shot well by Director of Photography Jack Green, A.S.C., simply because he only has so much worth shooting and this transfer is passable at best.  Sure it is better than regular DVD, but far from demo quality.  The PCM 16/48 5.1 mix is better than the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, but again is nothing to write home about, felling not unlike a slight upgrade to the old PCM 12” LaserDisc tracks we used to have as standard PCM all the time.


Extras are as lame as the feature, including bloopers that are not funny, two featurettes and a dumb quiz that is just a trick to make you know the film whether you want to or not.  We’ve seen this dirty trick to prop up junk since the 1980s and epitomizes the lameness of one of the lamest Blu-ray releases yet.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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