Vacations are supposed to make you feel better, and Johnson Family Vacation does just that.
| Original Score: 3/4
Johnson Family Vacation is no groundbreaker, but it's an easygoing, earthy comedy that's a good showcase for the robust comic gifts of Cedric the Entertainer.
| Original Score: 3/5
A surprisingly family-friendly comedy.
| Original Score: B-
Mild in both humor and impact, this well-cast comedy should provide welcome diversion during the holidays for audiences looking for a somewhat lighter experience than the crucifixion of Christ or the massacre at the Alamo.
A good-spirited comedy filled with likeable characters, it warms the heart while it tickles the funny bone.
This charmless movie not for children.
| Original Score: 2/5
Mechanical performances by Vanessa Williams and Bow Wow, as Nate's musically inclined son, impair Cedric's earnest comedic efforts in this spasmodic comedy.
| Original Score: C
Several laugh-out-loud moments are scattered throughout this otherwise dumb-and-gets-even-dumber African-American road trip.
This is a real mess, with out-of-focus shots and continuity lapses that suggest a production in chaos.
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
I really wanted to like this movie, especially since I'm a fan of Cedric the Entertainer.
| Original Score: 3/10
...Cedric the Entertainer simply cannot act.
| Original Score: 1/4
Too many jokes fall flat and a number of promising set-ups ... wind up going nowhere.
We can only generously call it a pale imitation of National Lampoon's Vacation
| Original Score: 0.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 1/5
It really wasn't as funny as it could of been or should have been.
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.
Eighties nostalgia has seeped so far into our pop-cultural landscape, it's starting to feel like VH1 took over the movie studios.
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.
| Original Score: 2/4