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Johnson Family Vacation Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Strands Cedric the Entertainer behind the wheel and forces him to motor a collection of laugh-and-learn wacky situations by sheer force of his outsize charm.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Too bad first-time director Christopher Erskin, who cut his teeth on music videos and commercials, took so many predictable turns on this Vacation.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie itself is genial and unfocused and tired.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Mild in both humor and impact, this well-cast comedy should provide welcome diversion during the holidays for audiences looking for a somewhat lighter experience than the crucifixion of Christ or the massacre at the Alamo.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids 15 & under

This charmless movie not for children.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the sex in this movie pushes the limits of PG-13: nonstop sex jokes, including an erection gag, as well as implied nudity and lots of talk about having sex. All the violence is played for laughs, including car crashes, a man being beat up and a baby alligator being nearly drowned. There is drinking and a drug reference -- a hitchhiker leaves a drug pipe in the car and the family goes to jail for it. The commercialism is blatant, from the Burberry car interior to the youngest daughter's love of Froot Loops and the son's Pepsi addiction.

  • Families can talk about why Nate and his brother wanted to win the "Family of the Year" competition so badly. They could also talk about whether or not it was realistic that the separated parents got back together. They might also talk about their own family trips and family reunions.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: No one behaves very admirably -- even the father picks up hitchhikers and drives dangerously. Countless sex-related jokes; gross-out humor; gay joke.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: All the violence is played for laughs: a baby alligator is slammed into a sink and almost drowned; a man is beat up by various members of the family; cars crash. An alligator in the hotel room may alarm younger kids.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Pretty raunchy stuff for a PG-13: lots of sex jokes, an erection gag, teen-age Nikki wears skimpy clothes, Nate ends up naked in a hot tub filled with women and makes a comment about his "snake", the kids make comments about their mother "creepin' while Dad was sleepin", constant talk about how Dorothy and Nate haven't had sex for three months, an uncle makes several sexual comments about Dorothy.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false5

    Consumerism: Brand names abound -- everything from high-end designers to cars, breakfast cereals and soft drinks.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, drug reference.