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The Cookout (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 3 September 2004 (USA)
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When Todd Anderson signs a $30 million deal with his hometown team, the New Jersey Nets, he knows that his life is set for a big change. To keep things real, he decides to throw a barbeque ... See full summary »

Director:

Lance Rivera

Writers:

Queen Latifah (story), Shakim Compere (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ja Rule ... Bling Bling
Tim Meadows ... Leroy
Jenifer Lewis ... Lady Em
Quran Pender ... Todd Andersen (as Storm P)
Jonathan Silverman ... Wes
Meagan Good ... Brittany
Farrah Fawcett ... Mrs. Crowley
Ruperto Vanderpool Ruperto Vanderpool ... Wheezer
Frankie Faison ... Jojo Andersen
Vincent Pastore ... Poo Salesman
Kevin Phillips ... Jamal Washington
Reg E. Cathey ... Frank Washington
Rita Owens Rita Owens ... Nettie Washington
Gerry Bamman ... Butler
Carl Wright ... Grandpa
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Storyline

When Todd Anderson signs a $30 million deal with his hometown team, the New Jersey Nets, he knows that his life is set for a big change. To keep things real, he decides to throw a barbeque at his place -- just like the ones his family used to have. But when you have new and old friends, family, agents, and product reps in the same house, things are bound to get crazy. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

This summer, get your grill on!

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content, sexual references and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barbecue Party See more »

Filming Locations:

Bernardsvile, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,219,794, 5 September 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,540,112, 10 October 2004
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jamal's mother is Queen Latifah's mother in real-life. See more »

Goofs

When Todd and Jamal go to the basketball court to play he is wearing light blue pants which he removes to play. When playing he has on shorts which he is wearing as they exit but in the outside shot of them leaving he is once again wearing the pants. See more »

Quotes

Leroy: In hockey, they hit a black puck around, why can't the puck be white.
Wes: Well on ice, a white puck might be difficult to see.
Leroy: I would expect you to say that.
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Connections

References Sanford and Son (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Summertime
Performed by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Written by Robert Kool Bell (as Robert Bell) / Ronald Bell / George Funky Brown (as George Brown) / Hula Mahone / Robert Spike Mickens (as Robert Mickens) / Craig Simpkins / Claydes Smith (as Claydes Eugen Smith) / Will Smith (as Willard Smith) / Alton Taylor (as Alton Dameron Taylor) / Dennis D.T. Thomas (as Dennis Ronald Thomas) / Richard Westfield
Courtesy of Jive Records
Published by Zomba Songs, Inc. o/b/o itself & Da Posse Music (BMI)/Zomba Enterprises Inc. o/b/o itself and Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince Publishing Co. (ASCAP)
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Not the worst comedy of the year but still not worth watching
23 April 2005 | by christian123See all my reviews

The Cookout is a pretty lame comedy that really delivers nothing new. #1 NBA draft pick Todd Anderson's star is on the ascendant after signing to his home team, the New Jersey Nets. Trying to stay grounded in reality, he throws a big barbecue for his family, not realizing that mixing them with his new agents and reps might lead to a crazy afternoon. The plot is fairly simple, something similar to the Barbershop films. The Cookout fails to be like Barbershop though. Everyone that's at the cookout is a stereotype. The filmmakers apparently were trying to include every stereotype about blacks possible. The script is very weak and needed a lot of work. The acting wasn't very good either with the best being Queen Latifah. She is pretty much the only saving grace in this film. However, her role in this film is small and its hard to believe she helped with the writing. Tim Meadows and Danny Glover are also pretty good but they can't save this film. Other people worth mentioning are Meagan Good and Jonathan Silverman. Ja Rule does a terrible job and he pretty much kills the film. Farrah Fawcett is in the film for some reason and she does a decent job. Everyone else is very annoying and do a bad job of acting. On a side note, Queen Latifah's mom has a role and Eves role is more or a cameo. Lance Rivera directs his first film and hopefully he can improve. Barbershop talked about important issues however, The Cookout didn't as it just had cheap laughs and it was a pretty boring film. The runtime is only 97 minutes long. Even with the short runtime it drags a lot and most of the film is pretty unrealistic. The Cookout is defiantly not worth watching unless your really, really big fans of anyone involved. Rating 3/10, a boring and forgettable film.


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