The Cookout (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Cookout (2004)



Critic Consensus: Good-natured but prepared with an absence of craft, The Cookout is an unappetizing collection of warmed-over jokes.

Movie Info

When Todd Anderson (Storm P) signs a 30-million-dollar contract with the New Jersey Nets after being named the number one NBA draft pick of the year, his mother (Jenifer Lewis) vows to prevent her son from forgetting his roots. Not used to balancing his new life with his old, Todd mistakenly invites family and friends from his old neighborhood to his multi-million-dollar house for a cookout on the same day of an important endorsement interview. Though his extravagant family cookouts were welcome at his old digs, Todd's stuffy new neighbors -- particularly the conservative Republican Judge Halsted Crowley (Danny Glover) -- are less than thrilled with the arrival of Todd's massive family. Complicating the situation further is the eccentric neighborhood security guard (Queen Latifah), who takes on the heady assignment of ensuring that none of the private community's rules are broken, as well as two thugs who, determined to get an autographed pair of sneakers, hold up the cookout at gunpoint. Directed by Lance Rivera, The Cookout also features performances from Ja Rule, Eve, Farrah Fawcett, and Jonathan Silverman.more
Rating: PG-13 (for drug content, sexual references and language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Queen Latifah, Laurie Turner, Arthur Harris, Jeffrey Brian Holmes, Ramsey Gbelawoe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 18, 2005
Box Office: $11.5M
Lions Gate Films - Official Site


Storm P
as Todd Anderson
Ja Rule
as Bling Bling
Tim Meadows
as Leroy Lady
Meagan Good
as Brittany
Farrah Fawcett
as Mrs. Crowley
Frankie Faison
as Jojo Anderson
Vincent Pastore
as Poo Salesman/Marquis
Marcia Reed
as Ms. Peters
Kevin Phillips
as Jamal Washington
Carl Wright
as Grandpa
Elton Brand
as Elton Brand
Reg E. Cathey
as Frank Washington
Rita Owens
as Nettie Washington
Mark Cuban
as Mark Cuban
as Becky
Danny Glover
as Judge Crowley
Queen Latifah
as Security Officer
as Jasper
Alex Avant
as Police Officer
Jesse May
as Olivier
Marc Plastrik
as Police Chief
Russ Russo
as B-Ball Player
Denee Busby
as Little Dee
Maria Soccor
as Young Nettie
Peggy Cosgrave
as Mrs. Atwater
Antonio Walker
as Young Thug
Wendy Williams
as Reporter #2
Channelle Nazaire
as Grade School Becky
Otis Best
as Grade School Todd
Rodney Henry Jr.
as Grade School Wheezer
Divine Compere
as Young Cousin
Hasani Houston
as Light Skinned Boy
Julian Douglas
as Two Year Old Baby
Mehki Clayton-Smith
as Two Year Old Baby
DJ Enuff
as Himself
Roxy Noffz
as Cookie Girl
DJ Enuff
as Himself
Marvin H. Albert
as Marv Albert
Kevin L. Phillips
as Jamal Washington
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Critic Reviews for The Cookout

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (16)

Seemingly assembled from ideas on the cutting-room floor of a cancelled sitcom.

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

This is one dull party.

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Rivera and a host of screenwriters were apparently as cowed by Lady Em as Todd; she sucks up much of the screen time, and admirable though her family values may be, they're not exactly rip-roaring funny.

Full Review… | September 9, 2004
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Todd's payday apparently sends comedy backward in time, and we're in the 1970s, ethno-sitcom style.

Full Review… | September 9, 2004
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A painfully unfunny, would-be comedy.

September 8, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The pointlessness of The Cookout exudes a modicum of charm, but the simple-minded mess still lacks the wit and moral weight of an episode of Family Matters.

Full Review… | September 7, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Cookout

The laughs were lukewarm

Remi Logan

Super Reviewer


"C'mon everyone, let's head to the cookout!" Though this is what movie producers hoped fans would do, you should definitely not run to see this film. Though the movie has its moments, these moments are brief and crammed between long periods of pointless dribble. The worst part of the movie is the message it sends. The entire movie is one giant cliche with tired and used jokes that only perpetuate racial stereotypes. For example, the main character, Todd Anderson (Quran Pender), is a college basketball phenom who becomes the first pick in the NBA draft. Afterwards he goes on a ridiculous spending spree, purchasing an enormous house, a brand new Hummer, and plenty of bling for his gold-digging fiance played by Meagan Good. And what else would a newly-rich African American do but have a cookout with all his relatives, including his redneck cousins, conspiracy theorist and lawyer wanabe uncle, and his obese, pot smoking nephews. Even his neighbors, played by Farrah Fawcett and Danny Glover, add to the stereotypes with their reaction to Todd moving into the neighborhood. At times, this film is just plain embarrassing to watch. Queen Latifah, who provides most of the humor as the psychotic rent-a-cop with delusions of grandeur, is the only reason the movie is even at all bearable. If ever you wondered why we still stereotype in the 21st century, look no further than this film. This movie is the decrepit man's version of "Barbershop".

the only reason I gave this a 20% rater than a 10 or a 0 is because the star basketball player was supposed to be a Rutgers graduate =/

Papa D
Mike Demko

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