Johnson Family Vacation

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Johnson Family Vacation
Theatrical release poster
Directed byChristopher Erskin
Produced by
Written by
  • Earl Richey Jones
  • Todd R. Jones
Music byRichard Gibbs
  • Jeff Barnett
  • Shawn Maurer
Edited byJohn Carter
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures
Release date
  • April 7, 2004 (2004-04-07)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$12 million[1]
Box office$31.5 million

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 and only feature film directorial project.


Nate Johnson 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 and growing children, as well as a chance to show up his wealthier know it all brother, Mack. Nate and his wife are separated since Nate couldn't support her career as a CPA since she is going back to school.

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, under age wannabe rapper D.J., and precocious five year old Destiny — 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, bad diner food, and a run in with a cement mixer, the journey proves more difficult than Nate anticipated.



Johnson Family Vacation was heavily panned. It received a 6% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 90 reviews. The critical consensus is, "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."[2] The film has a 29/100 rating on Metacritic based on 24 reviews.[3] The critics gave it a C− rating at Yahoo! Movies.[4]

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)


  1. ^ "Johnson Family Vacation (2004)". Box Office Mojo. IDMB.
  2. ^ "Johnson Family Vacation reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster.
  3. ^ "Johnson Family Vacation reviews". Metacritic. CBS.
  4. ^ "Johnson Family Vacation (2004) — Movie Info". Yahoo! Movies.

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