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Johnson Family Vacation (2004)

 -  Comedy  -  7 April 2004 (USA)
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AAA can't help the roadside emergency that is the JOHNSON FAMILY VACATION. Even the on-board navigation system has a meltdown on Nate Johnson and his family's cross-country trek to their ... See full summary »

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Nate Johnson / Uncle Earl
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D.J. Johnson (as Bow Wow)
Gabby Soleil ...
Destiny Johnson
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Chrishelle Rene Boudreau
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Jacqueline
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Jill
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Mack Jr. (as Philip Daniel Bolden)
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Cousin Lump (as Rodney B. Perry)
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Stan
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Gladys
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Stall Guy (as Kevin Farley)
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AAA can't help the roadside emergency that is the JOHNSON FAMILY VACATION. Even the on-board navigation system has a meltdown on Nate Johnson and his family's cross-country trek to their annual family reunion/grudge match. Reluctantly along for the ride are Nate's wife, who's only in it for the kids; their rapper-wannabe son; their teenage daughter who's fashioned herself as the next Lolita; and their youngest, whose imaginary dog Nate just can't seem to keep track of. Can the Johnsons survive each other and all the obstacles the road throws at them to make it to Caruthersville, Missouri? Can they find Missouri? Written by ivegot2act@yahoo.com

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual references, crude humor and brief drug material | See all certifications »
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7 April 2004 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,804 (South Africa) (9 July 2004)

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$31,179,516 (USA) (13 August 2004)
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'Solanges Knowles' (Beyoncé Knowles' sister) makes an ad lib reference to her sister during a cell phone conversation in her first scene of the movie. Her character's little sister in the movie is named "Destiny" an obvious reference to her sister's former group Destiny's Child. See more »

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In the car Dorothy says, "I thought we settled that when I moved out," and Nikki looks up from her magazine. In the next shot she's reading it again. See more »

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Nate Johnson: So, Where did you meet him? at so called accounting class?
Dorothy Johnson: so that's what this all about huh? me becomming a CPA?i thought we settled that argument when i moved out
Nate Johnson: oh so i'm the bad guy? because i wanted you to raise our kids
Dorothy Johnson: I can be a wife, a mother and pursue my career too, hey, my mother did it
Nate Johnson: [laughs] rite,yeah thats why the last time we saw you brother he was your sister
[starts to sing]
Nate Johnson: Young man there's a place you can go
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References Duel (1971) See more »

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Haven't You Heard
Written by K. Jefferson and E. Wilson
Performed by K. Fox
Courtesy of Def Soul Records
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15 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In "Johnson Family Vacation," which is little more than an all-black version of the National Lampoon Vacation movies from twenty or so years ago, Nate Johnson loads his wife and three kids into the car and drives from their home in Los Angeles to a family reunion in Missouri. Along the way, of course, the family meets with a series of comic misadventures that threaten to prevent them from reaching their destination.

Despite the derivative storyline, the early scenes in the film exhibit a kind of playful spirit that bodes well for the rest of the movie. This is due in no small measure to Cedric the Entertainer, who, unlike so many of the comics who appear in these types of movies, doesn't feel the need to stand apart from the material in order to draw attention to himself. Indeed, it is the laid-back, unfussy way in which he delivers his lines that makes them so funny. He is also blessed with an attractive supporting cast that includes Vanessa Williams as his long-suffering wife and Bow Wow as his mouthy but generally good-hearted teenage son. The movie even includes some clever little satirical jabs at the accoutrements and symbols of modern-day black culture as Nate, the traditionalist, who listens to '70's soul on his worn-out 8-tracks, goes toe-to-toe with his adolescent gansta' rap adolescents.

But as the Johnsons tootle their way across country in their souped-up SUV, we begin to notice that the film itself has stalled out. About halfway through, it dawns on us that the movie isn't really going anywhere, that it is merely playing out variations on incidents we've seen earlier in the film, and that the set pieces and situations aren't nearly as interesting or outrageous as they should be. This is truly a pity because, given the attractive cast, we really want to like "Johnson Family Vacation" more than we ultimately do.

Still, all things considered, this makes for a reasonable diverting, mindless time at the movies, and Cedric the Entertainer's moniker has rarely seemed so apt.


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