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Johnson Family Vacation (2004)



Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 90
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 85

The poorly crafted Johnson Family Vacation squanders its talented cast in a bland family road comedy that draws unfavorable comparisons to Chevy Chase's Vacation movies.


Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 29

The poorly crafted Johnson Family Vacation squanders its talented cast in a bland family road comedy that draws unfavorable comparisons to Chevy Chase's Vacation movies.



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Comedian Cedric the Entertainer serves as both producer and star of this comedy about a family who discovers just how much can go wrong en route to a family get-together. When Nate Johnson (Cedric the Entertainer) is invited to a big family reunion in Missouri, he sees it as an opportunity to reconnect with his estranged wife and growing children, as well as a chance to show up his wealthier know-it-all brother, Mack (Steve Harvey). Nate takes delivery on an expensive new SUV, persuades his



Todd R. Jones, Earl Richey Jones

Aug 10, 2004


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This is a real mess, with out-of-focus shots and continuity lapses that suggest a production in chaos.

March 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Packing all the tired trappings of the raunchy road-trip genre, this loutish comedy plays out as a loosely threaded collection of shrill jokes and cliched sight gags.

March 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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The direction on Johnson Family Vacation is numbingly slack; the synapses between the scenes don't spark effortlessly, as they should, and the whole enterprise feels dragged-down and belabored.

April 17, 2004 Full Review Source:
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Big disappointment.

April 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Single-handedly saving a movie may be a tall order for a short-legged clown, but Cedric the Entertainer is the best (and probably only) reason to take this Vacation.

April 9, 2004
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This family vacation runs out of gas long before its destination.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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This charmless movie not for children.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Mechanical performances by Vanessa Williams and Bow Wow, as Nate's musically inclined son, impair Cedric's earnest comedic efforts in this spasmodic comedy.

May 4, 2009 Full Review Source:

Several laugh-out-loud moments are scattered throughout this otherwise dumb-and-gets-even-dumber African-American road trip.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

I really wanted to like this movie, especially since I'm a fan of Cedric the Entertainer.

February 5, 2005 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

...Cedric the Entertainer simply cannot act.

August 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Too many jokes fall flat and a number of promising set-ups ... wind up going nowhere.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

We can only generously call it a pale imitation of National Lampoon's Vacation

August 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Find one stereotype and stick to it. Don't confuse the audience by trying to be Wayne Brady and Bernie Mac in the same movie.

May 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

It really wasn't as funny as it could of been or should have been.

April 18, 2004 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

Eighties nostalgia has seeped so far into our pop-cultural landscape, it's starting to feel like VH1 took over the movie studios.

April 16, 2004 Full Review
Philadelphia Weekly

Family of Five in Search of a Script might be a better title, but this road picture gets better as it goes along, and the upbeat ending redeems it considerably.

April 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

A shambles like this just oozes contempt for both its performers and its audience -- something that's even more unfunny than the movie itself.

April 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Plays out like the pilot episode for a sitcom that no network picked up.

April 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine
Eclipse Magazine

Before the opening credits had ended, I was counting down the minutes until I could get back to scraping old tile adhesive off my kitchen floor.

April 12, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

The humor runs out of gas after about 30 minutes.

April 12, 2004 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

As bad and unfunny as the material is, it's matched neck-and-neck by bad and unfunny performances from Vanessa Williams, Bow Wow, Solange Knowles, Shannon Elizabeth, and the generally reliable Steve Harvey.

April 12, 2004 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Johnson Family Vacation

It was pretty stupid. I don't like that Cedric the Entertainer guy (what a stupid name!).
May 18, 2006

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Fun movie...but still like National Lampoon's Vacation a whole lot better. Instead of going to Wally World...the Johnson family heads to a family reunion in Missouri. Of course, the road trip runs into many obstacles and pot holes. Cedric the Entertainer always makes me laugh. Bow Wow was decent. And yes...Solange Knowles totally looks like Beyonce. Vanessa Williams still gets me going!
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December 19, 2007
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