FAT ALBERT: Inspired by the 1970s animated television series, FAT ALBERT transports the loveable characters from their animated universe into the real world. When Doris (Kyla Pratt), a sad teenager in Philadelphia, turns on a rerun of FAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS, her tears compel the always helpful Fat Albert to jump through the TV screen to her rescue. His friends quickly follow, and to Doris's astonishment, the whole Fat Albert gang magically turn into real live people right in her living room. Not knowing what to do with her odd new friends, Doris adamantly denies having a problem, and encourages the boys to jump back into the TV set. But Albert can see that Doris is lonely, and is determined to find her some friends. As Albert tries to fix Doris's problem, the rest of the gang tries to adjust to their new, unscripted world. Meanwhile, Albert finds himself falling in love with Doris's foster sister, Lauri. But as soon as the gang begins to enjoy the perks of being real, their brightly colored outfits start to fade. Taking this as a sign that they do not belong in the real world, the boys decide it's time to go home. Bill Cosby (co-writer of the film and creator of the original series) makes a guest appearance as himself, warning Albert that he must return to his animated world before evaporating into a cloud of celluloid dust. But before Albert can leave, he must solve Doris's problem. Kenan Thompson (of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE fame) is charming as Albert, who demonstrates the power of believing in oneself by never letting anything (including his size) get in the way of his goals.
JOHNSON FAMILY VACATION: 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. But mostly, this is Cedric's film and it shows in everything he does.
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 (the luminous Vanessa Williams). Nate's mission is a road trip from L.A. to the Johnson family reunion in Missouri, with the goal of snagging the coveted "Family of the Year" trophy and trump Nate's painfully competitive, loudmouth brother (Harvey). Some 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.