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The Cookout (2004)

Quran Pender , Jenifer Lewis , Lance Rivera  |  PG-13 |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Quran Pender, Jenifer Lewis, Ja Rule, Tim Meadows, Jonathan Silverman
  • Directors: Lance Rivera
  • Writers: Darryl French, Jeffrey Brian Holmes, Laurie B. Turner, Queen Latifah, Ramsey Gbelawoe
  • Producers: Darryl French
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2005
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006FFRS4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,413 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Cookout" on IMDb

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Todd Anderson's life changes overnight when he signs a $30 million contract with the NBA. Determined not to forget where he's from, he throws a cookout for his family and friends from the hood, in his new neighborhood. As old and new friends arrive, a s

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak! Weak! Weak! January 31, 2005
I can't even believe that folks actually thought this was a funny movie. It had a few moments, and I mean a few, but it just wasn't enough to justify paying 19 bucks for this. The concept was a good one cuz anybody in the african american community knows what it's like when we have "our" family cookouts anuually. However, along with a great idea came miscasting. For one, how does Ja Rule, Eve, or even Quran Pender (who I've never heard of) get casted for a movie like this when it's clear they cannot act. Meagan Good went from the cute sassy girl on Eve's Bayou to now playing hoochies on a regular? Secondly, how do you cast Queen Latifah, Danny Glover of all people, Farah Fawcett, Tim Meadows, and the beautiful Jennifer Lewis and Frankie Faison, all veteran actors and actresses who's been in the game a long long time and instead of creating a script and letting them enhance the script, Lance Rivera makes them look bufoonish. Well, there you have it, Lance "um" Rivera. Lance stick to making videos and leave the big screen to real directors. They should have never entrusted a cast that i just mentined to an amatuer like Rivera. A wasted script with quality actors and actresses. Yes, it's a matter of opinion and this opinion states that this movie stinks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stereotypical, Predictable and NOT Funny February 28, 2006
By U2girl
This movie was full of stereotypical characters that you really don't care about. I don't think there is one original idea in this film.

Just a few stereotypes that stood out were:

- The young black guy getting drafted, as if that is all that young black guys aspire to.

- The young attractive goldigger girlfriend

- The overprotective mother and goofy father

- Once blacks move into the neighborhood all of their family come, which are always ghetto, and take over the neighborhood

- The "cool" white guy that is down with everyone.


Now moving on to the predictability:

- From the getgo, did we not know that he would get picked?

- It was so obvious way before Eve came in the picture that the goldigger girlfriend would get dropped and that Eve would get the guy.

There was no real substance to the film, so other than those 2 points, nothing else was really going on. Farah Fawcett??? Why???

I really don't think that I laughed once the entire film. The characters that Queen Latifah and Danny Glover played were just plain embarassing. So over the top and NOT funny. I really don't like this film and probably will never watch it again.

I really like the lady that plays the mom (can't remember her name), Queen Latifah and Danny Glover, but I cannot recommend this film. Don't waste your time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars badly stereotyped February 28, 2005
i typically don't write bad reviews, but this was just aweful. i didn't crack a smile the entire time i watched it. instead i just got more pissed off by the moment. i don't blame any of the actors/actresses for this because it wasn't their fault, except for maybe danny glover for accepting such a rediculous role as a white bred black guy who is scared of other black people moving into the neighborhood, but then dramatically changes into the thing he hates after smoking some weed. it was a shame that this one even got off the editting room floor. BUT if you like movies where stereotypes are running wild, this one is for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT FUNNY AT ALL!!! ... February 20, 2006
This movie was not funny at all. I was very dissapointed. No wonder it dissapeared from the theaters as quickly as it appeared. Great talents like Jennifer Lewis, Danny Glover, Farrah Fawcett and the incomparable Queen Latifah wasted their respectable and impecable talents on this boring flick. Jennifer, Danny, Farrah and Latifah, I forgive you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Burgers I have ever tasted March 9, 2006
A Kid's Review
I read everyone's review.

Yes. I know its "stereotyped" and "predictable" but it doesn't mean its not funny. I went out to blockbuster and rented this movie. When I came back, my friends groaned.

"Thats the blackest movie ever!" "You should have played it save and rented Dude Where's My Car." But in the end, everyone loved it. Brittany does get VERY annoying, and one of the best parts of the whole movie is the security guard and the Crowley's.

The things in between. Name any other movie that has a full throttle security guard who cleans her glass and kisses it everyday. Now, we watch this movie all the time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Cookout (Widescreen Edition) January 19, 2010
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. This movie had a good message about being responsible and down to earth even after hitting pay dirt. The Cookout is a ok movie, if you take if for what it is.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst movies I've ever seen.... July 16, 2006
By tkay
This movie was so bad that I got up and left the theatre before it was over. To call this movie boring would be an insult to boring movies. So many talented actors, so little entertainment. Please don't waste your time on this one. You'll probably come out better watching paint dry. Believe me, that would be far more entertaining.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This movie is horrible..
The talent associated with this should be embarrassed that they ever agreed to be part of it.. I can't tell what's worse: The bad script, the no sense of timing direction, the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jimmy R
5.0 out of 5 stars the cookout
I love the movie the cookout and had to get it for my kindle fire.It looks amazing on the kindle fire.I encourage all who love a good movie to get The Cookout.
Published on May 16, 2012 by kkaylat
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
great movie funny as hell will watch to over and over again suggest you buy it for your family now
Published on January 2, 2012 by M. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Movie
The DVD arrived in vey little time and shows beautifully. Thank you for the excellent service.
Published on April 3, 2010 by Tutti Anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars A good movie to pass the time....
Don't go into watching this movie with any expectations other than that of laughing out loud at the absurdity of it all. Read more
Published on March 13, 2010 by Assata A. Knox
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
I am glad that I was finally able to see this movie. The DVD worked well.
Published on October 28, 2009 by Sharon Bey
1.0 out of 5 stars Supreme Letdown
DO NOT put this as one of the top Black movies. It evokes NO emotion with HORRIBLE acting. It promotes stereotypical roles of Blacks, and it is not even entertaining.
Published on October 23, 2009 by Gift Card Recipient
2.0 out of 5 stars "The Cookout" is not that fulfilling.
This movie did not deliver. I love black comedy like the "Friday" movies (except for the last one) but this was NOTHING like Friday. In fact, it was extra lame. Read more
Published on November 10, 2006 by Jenny J.J.I.
2.0 out of 5 stars More like a washed out cookout...
this movie was far from funny...the jokes were corny and predictable, many scenes were stereotypical and played out. Read more
Published on August 1, 2006 by The Wifey
3.0 out of 5 stars y r movie voters underrating this movie this was alright
i have seen 3/4 of the movie and let me tell u it was just as funny as other underappreciate movies soul plane and johnson vacation one of my favorite parts of cookout is when... Read more
Published on June 8, 2006
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