Johnson Family Vacation

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -1 1/2

Nate Johnson (Cedric the Entertainer) insists that his splintered family members travel together from Southern California to Missouri to visit Mama, his matriarchal mother who is yet to release her grip on her two grown sons, Nate and Mack (Steve Harvey). The two brothers constantly compete to win Mamas approval, and Nate has kept his separation from Dorothy (Vanessa Williams) a secret from her. Dorothy and the three kids agree to participate in Nates charade of a united family, but the two teenagers (Bow Wow, Solange Knowles) resent it while 5-year-old Destiny (Gabby Soleil) is happy to have her mom and dad back together for a few days. The road trip becomes a 2,000 mile nightmare with road rage, jail time, bickering and an encounter with a bizarre hitchhiker. The silliness and unbelievable plot is aimed at young teenagers who agree that parents are clueless.

Despite his zealous competitiveness toward his brother, Nate realizes that no trophy compares to the respect and love of his family. Unfortunately, his efforts to win Dorothys heart usually backfire. And his rationale for ignoring a nun with car trouble while stopping for a sexy teenage hitchhiker (Shannon Elizabeth) and including her in the familys overnight motel stay is disturbing. The stranger at one point repeats a witchs chant. On their first nights stop, Nate finds himself in the motel hot tub minus his trunks with a group of female guests. Further down the road, D.J. relieves himself in a paper cup that is promptly picked up by Dad who takes a swallow and then throws it out the window as a motorcycle cop approaches. Another crude use of humor involves a restaurant cook in a disgusting public restroom scene. A few obscenities, the witchs chant and crude bathroom humor take away from the fun of Johnson Family Vacation.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Fox Searchlight

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Crude Language: Few (2) times mild (hell 2)

Obscene Language: Few (3) times moderate (crap 1, suck 1); strong (f-word 1)

Profanity: Few (2) times moderate (MG 1, L have mercy 1)

Violence: Few times mild (van is run off road in a case of road rage, cement is dumped on van); moderate (grandmother knocks intruder unconscious)

Sex: None

Nudity: Once implied (man leaves hot tub without trunks)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times mild (reference to condom, women ogle man in hot tub and make lewd remarks); moderate (reference to past sexual activity, man refers to genitals in comical way)

Drugs: Once mild (brief reference to drugs concealed in wheel covers)

Other: Crude humor (man drinks urine, urine hits cop in face, disgusting bathroom scene); woman adds witchs chant to a blessing before meal and later places a small, live alligator in Nate and Dorothys bed; father clearly loves family

Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: Young teenagers

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