Johnson Family Vacation (2004)

PG-13  |   |  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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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

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Wrong turn in Arizona. No brakes in Colorado. Arrested in Kansas. It's the ultimate family trip. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual references, crude humor and brief drug material | See all certifications »




Release Date:

7 April 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arrivano i Johnson  »

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,375,307 (USA) (9 April 2004)


$31,179,516 (USA) (13 August 2004)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


'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 »


Autocue screens and white reflector screens are reflected in Nate's eyeglasses multiple times through the movie. See more »


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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Not the family vacation gone wrong again!!
23 February 2007 | by (California) – See all my reviews

The movie would have been good except: Little Bow Wow, Bow Bow, or Big Bow Wow, whatever you want to call him, was not funny. Nor was the girl who played his sibling, nor was Vannessa Williams, and nor was Steve Harvey. Cedric the Entertainer was the only beacon of light in this failed attempt at a family comedy. The situation just didn't make for a very good comedy, especially when this scenario has already been done so well by Chevy Chase and others. The road trip/family vacation gone wrong is a very played out story. This was not the right platform for an original or successful comedy, and it was not the right platform for Cedric the Entertainer to be as his name indicates: entertaining. It was somewhat humorous and it was bearable, it is more of a "nothing else is on" type movie.

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