Johnson Family Vacation

Directed By: Christopher Erskin Starring: Vanessa Williams

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Buckle up for the wildest road trip of the year! A hilarious comedy adventure about a misfit family trying to survive outrageous obstacles (including each other) on a cross country trek to their annual family reunion.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40245692
UPC 024543133087
UPC 14 00024543133087
Format DVD
Release Date 5/23/2006
Rating Rating
Family Interaction
Road Trips
Editors Note
Note JOHNSON FAMILY VACATION is an all-ages comedy that breezily resolves family problems and offers some good clean fun along the way. Closely modeled after National Lampoon's VACATION films, star Cedric the Entertainer puts a modern slant on similar scenes and setups first introduced by comedian Chevy Chase. Both Steve Harvey and Cedric (who have collaborated on numerous projects including THE STEVE HARVEY SHOW and Spike Lee's THE ORIGINAL KINGS OF COMEDY) have successfully revived an old-school, Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder kind of comedy here. There's an amusing prayer scene where Harvey and Cedric try to outdo each other through the word of God. But mostly, this is Cedric's film and it shows in everything he does. Just easing himself into a too-hot hot tub is a winning stand up routine in itself.^The story follows Nate Johnson (Cedric), your basic insurance nerd at odds with his teenage children DJ (rapper Bow Wow) and Nikki (Solange Knowles), and his estranged wife Dorothy (luminous Vanessa Williams). Nate's mission is to road trip from L.A. to the Johnson family reunion in Missouri with a goal to snag the coveted "Family of the Year" trophy and trump Nate's painfully competitive, loudmouth brother (Harvey). A few cases of mistaken identity, a few random opportunities for hilarity (such as a wrestling match with a pet alligator), and a couple of encounters with the law, and the family finally reaches the reunion where they pull together a cool song-and-dance routine and set their sights on the huge trophy.
Los Angeles Times "It's an easygoing, earthy comedy that's a good showcase for the robust comic gifts of Cedric the Entertainer, abetted by fellow King of Comedy Steve Harvey and by glamorous and witty Vanessa Williams." 04/07/2004 p.C24
Christopher Erskin
Vanessa Williams
Cast & Crew
Cedric the Entertainer - Actor
Cedric the Entertainer, et al. - Producer
Christopher Erskin - Director
Earl Richey Jones - Screenplay
Gabby Soleil - Actor
John Carter - Editor
Lil' Bow Bow - Actor
Shannon Elizabeth - Actor
Shawn Maurer - Cinematographer
Solange Knowles - Actor
Steve Harvey - Actor
Todd R. Jones - Screenplay
Vanessa L. Williams - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 2258817
UPC 00024543133087
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 96 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1/1.33:1
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Cedric the Entertainer can be a breakout comic force if given the least opportunity, but Johnson
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 5
DVD, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Cedric The Entertain
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times An easygoing, earthy comedy that's a good showcase for the robust comic gifts of Cedric the Entertainer.

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