Johnson Family Vacation

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Johnson Family Vacation
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
Bow Wow
Vanessa Williams
Solange Knowles
Shannon Elizabeth
Gabby Soleil
and Steve Harvey
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 $31,462,753

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.


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.



Johnson Family Vacation received generally negative reviews, with several critics likening the film to the National Lampoon's Vacation series. It scored a 6% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 90 reviews,[2] making it one of the site's worst-reviewed movies of 2004. 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)


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