Johnson Family Vacation

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"Take the ride."
  • PG-13
  • 2004
  • 1 hr 37 min
  • 4.5  (8,331)
  • 29

Johnson Family Vacation is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Christopher Erskin and stars Cedric the Entertainer as the titular character, Nate Johnson. The film revolves around a road trip that Nate takes with his estranged wife, his teenage son, and young daughter, from California to Missouri, all in the hopes of rekindling the bond between them. Along the way, the Johnsons encounter many obstacles, but ultimately grow closer as a family.

The movie begins with Nate Johnson, a chauffeur in Los Angeles, trying to make his way to a family reunion in Missouri. However, his wife, Dorothy (Vanessa L. Williams), has left him, and he must find a way to bring her back before he can leave. After much pleading and begging, she agrees to go on the trip, but only if they take their children, Nikki (Solange Knowles) and DJ (Shad Moss), with them.

The family packs up their leased SUV, "Big Momma," and begins their journey. Along the way, they encounter a host of hilarious situations, including getting lost in a forest, being chased by a tow truck driver, and getting caught up in a parade. They also meet a variety of colorful characters, such as a trucker named Earl (Steve Harvey) and a hitchhiking rapper named M.J. (Bow Wow).

As the journey progresses, the tension between Nate and Dorothy lessens, and they begin to reminisce about old times. They also come to understand the unique challenges each of them has experienced in their marriage. DJ and Nikki also begin to bond, and Nikki learns to open up to her father about her insecurities.

The movie climaxes with the family arriving at the reunion, where they encounter Nate's competitive older brother, Mack (Steve Harvey), who has always seemed to outshine Nate. Despite this, the Johnson family manages to steal the show, proving that they are a united force that can overcome any obstacle.

The movie ends with the family returning to Los Angeles, with Nate and Dorothy reconciling and promising to work on their marriage. DJ and Nikki also develop a newfound respect and love for each other, and the entire family is seen smiling and laughing as they drive off into the sunset.

Overall, Johnson Family Vacation is a heartwarming and funny film that will make you laugh and leave you feeling uplifted. The performances by Cedric the Entertainer, Shannon Elizabeth, Solange Knowles, and Shad Moss are all fantastic, and the movie is full of memorable scenes and quotable lines. It is a perfect movie for families looking for a feel-good comedy that celebrates the importance of family and love.

Johnson Family Vacation is a 2004 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 37 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.5 and a MetaScore of 29.

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