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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for drug content, sexual references and language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Laurie Turner, Arthur Harris, Queen Latifah, Jeffrey Brian Holmes, Ramsey Gbelawoe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 18, 2005
Box Office: $11.5M
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as Todd Anderson

as Bling Bling

as Leroy Lady

as Lady Em

as Brittany

as Mrs. Crowley

as Jojo Anderson

as Poo Salesman/Marquis

as Ms. Peters

as Jamal Washington

as Grandpa

as Elton Brand

as Frank Washington

as Nettie Washington

as Baron Davis

as Mark Cuban

as Willie

as Nelson

as Becky

as Judge Crowley

as Security Officer

as Jasper

as Police Officer

as Olivier

as Police Chief

as B-Ball Player

as Little Dee

as Young Nettie

as Mrs. Atwater

as Young Thug

as Reporter #2

as Grade School Becky

as Grade School Todd

as Grade School Bling B...

as Grade School Wheezer

as Young Cousin

as Light Skinned Boy

as Two Year Old Baby

as Two Year Old Baby

as Himself

as Cookie Girl

as Marv Albert

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

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