Johnson Family Vacation

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Director:
Christopher Erskin
Released:
2004
Rating:
PG-13
Johnson Family Vacation is a 2004 comedy film starring Cedric the Entertainer, Vanessa Williams, Bow Wow, Gabby Soleil, Shannon Elizabeth, Solange Knowles, and Steve Harvey. In the film, Nate Johnson (Cedric the Entertainer) attempts to transport his family from Los Angeles to Missouri for a family reunion, an opportunity to reconnect with his estranged wife (Vanessa Williams) and young kids (Solange Knowles, Bow Wow, and Gabby Soleil), and to spite his overachieving brother, Mack (Steve Harvey). Unfortunately, this feat proves to be more difficult then expected, as the Johnson family runs into a series of obstacles making this a family trip where anything that can wrong does. The Johnsons are forced to endure an out-of-control semi truck, a disastrous diner experience, angry police officers, a run-in with a cement mixer, and an oddball hitchhicker (Shannon Elizabeth). Despite negative reviews from critics, Johnson Family Vacation was a marginal box office success, earning triple its production cost. A sequel to Johnson Family Vacation is currently under production.moreless

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  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    An easygoing, earthy comedy that's a good showcase for the robust comic gifts of Cedric the Entertainer.

  • 50

    Variety

    Mostly squanders some very gifted performers. Guided by a slapdash script, this vehicle for Cedric the Entertainer is tantamount to embarking on a cross-country journey without a m...

  • 40

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Feels more like a grueling road trip in search of a family comedy.

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    Slapstick, Family Comedies