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The Cookout (2004)



Average Rating: 2.8/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 39

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


Average Rating: 2.5/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 15

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



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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

Jan 18, 2005


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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (39) | DVD (6)

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

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
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This is one dull party.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

September 9, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Todd's payday apparently sends comedy backward in time, and we're in the 1970s, ethno-sitcom style.

September 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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A painfully unfunny, would-be comedy.

September 8, 2004
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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.

September 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Avoid this gross, raunchy comedy at all costs.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The very definition of an easy target--and, in all fairness, it deserves every last bit of criticism.

January 7, 2010 Full Review Source:

Director Lance Rivera has never directed a movie before, and he doesn't start here.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Uma "comédia" sem a menor graça que, com seus estereótipos ofensivos a brancos, negros e homossexuais, falha não só do ponto de vista cinematográfico, mas também humano.

February 9, 2005
Cinema em Cena

...a taxing and intolerable vehicle that has all the charm of a gold-toothed rapper's root canal. The Cookout is certainly not any food for thought.

January 19, 2005 Full Review

It's low comedy and it's crudely made. But that's no excuse for it being dull.

October 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Mercury
Las Vegas Mercury

Everything else here -- from the gross caricatures to the so-called comic mayhem -- is sour to taste.

September 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Plenty of action and confusion in this wild story that culminates in a cookout.

September 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

It does provide some true laughs and, incredibly, some real humanity.

September 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Comments (2)
Film Journal International

Director Lance Rivera raises some legitimate questions about moving up versus selling out and the commodification of professional athletes, but he couldn't care less about answering them.

September 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

The movie unfolds in the most perfunctory fashion. At least the food looks good.

September 11, 2004

Rippin' and Dippin'

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: PopMatters

This is one more entry in the long list of 'urban comedies' that dish out the kind of humor that would probably spark protests if the filmmakers weren't African-American.

September 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

There might have been a decent comedy here if someone had remembered to insert some actual humor.

September 9, 2004 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

The few high points hardly add up to enough to keep this barbecue grill from just fizzling out.

September 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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The laughs were lukewarm
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