Johnson Family Vacation

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Johnson Family Vacation
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Christopher Erskin
Produced by Andrew Sugerman, Cedric the Entertainer, Earl Richey Jones, Eric Rhone, Paul Hall, Todd R. Jones, Wendy Park
Written by Earl Richey Jones
Todd R. Jones
Starring Cedric the Entertainer
Shannon Elizabeth
Bow Wow
Solange Knowles
Gabby Soleil
Steve Harvey
Vanessa Williams
Music by Richard Gibbs
Cinematography Jeff Barnett
Shawn Maurer
Edited by John Carter
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release dates April 7, 2004 (2004-04-07)
Running time 97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $12 million[1]
Box office $31,203,964

Johnson Family Vacation is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Christopher Erskin. It stars Cedric the Entertainer, Vanessa Williams, Bow Wow, Gabby Soleil, Shannon Elizabeth, Solange Knowles, and Steve Harvey. The film is director Erskin's first feature film directorial project.

Plot[edit]

Nate Johnson (Cedric the Entertainer) and his family have been invited to their big family reunion in Missouri. He sees it as an opportunity to reconnect with his estranged wife (Williams) and growing children, as well as a chance to show up his wealthier know-it-all brother, Mack (Harvey). Nate takes delivery on an expensive new SUV, persuades his recently separated wife Dorothy to tag along, and packs up his three kids — nubile teenager Nikki (Knowles), under-age wannabe rapper D.J. (Bow Wow), and precocious seven-year-old Destiny (Soleil) — for what he imagines will be a leisurely drive from Los Angeles to Missouri. Between his wary wife, arguing kids, angry police officers, a bizarre hitchhiker (Shannon Elizabeth), bad diner food, and an unfortunate run-in with a cement mixer, getting from point A to point B proves to be just short of a nightmare.

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Reception[edit]

Johnson Family Vacation received generally negative reviews. It scored a 5% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 91 reviews,[2] making it one of the site's worst-reviewed movies of 2004. The film has a 29% rating on Metacritic, based on 24 reviews.[3] The critics gave it a C− rating at Yahoo! Movies.[4]

The film did solid at the box office, going on to earn US$25 million in its first three weeks of release in the U.S. By its closing date, July 9, 2004, the film had grossed over 31 million dollars, more than twice its production budget of $12 million budget.

Awards & nominations[edit]

2004 BET Comedy Awards

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Box Office Movie — Cedric the Entertainer (nominated)
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Box Office Movie — Vanessa Williams (nominated)
  • Outstanding Writing for a Box Office Movie (nominated)

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