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The Cookout (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 3 September 2004 (USA)
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 »

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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 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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This summer, get your grill on!

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

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3 September 2004 (USA)  »

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Barbecue Party  »

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Opening Weekend:

$6,219,794 (USA) (3 September 2004)

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$11,540,112 (USA) (8 October 2004)
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Security Guard: Do you know Marquis Fontaineau?
Little Dee: Light skin with good hair, yeah I know thim.
Little Dee's Baby: You know my daddy!
Security Guard: Aw hell no!
Little Dee: Let's roll.
[drives off]
Security Guard: [calls Marquis Fontaineau on her cell phone] Marquis, I thought you said you didn't know Little Dee. I met her. I seen her. I seen your damm baby.
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Summer Madness
(as incorporated in "Summertime")
Written by Alton Taylor / Robert Spike Mickens (as Robert Mickens) / George Funky Brown (as George Brown) / Richard Westfield / Claydes Smith / Ronald Bell / Dennis D.T. Thomas (as Dennis Thomas) / Robert Kool Bell (as Robert Bell)
All Rights on Behalf of Warner/Chappell Music Inc. o/b/o/ itself, Gang Music Ltd. and Second Decade Music Co.
Administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
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No, please Hollywood, pander to us more. We don't find it insulting.
18 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First, I'd like to start of by saying I'm black. So I took especial dislike to this film along with the regular dislike due to the absolute horridness of this movie. I can imagine the conversation at the studios regarding this mess of a movie...

Exec 1: Hey, I've got a great idea for a movie. Exec 2: Shoot Exec 1: Well, it's going to aimed at the black community. So it'll make money without us having to spend money. Exec 2: Or use creativity! Exec 1: Exactly. We use the Black movie formula. Number one, find a topic that the black "community" can relate to. You, know, something that's solely afrocentric. Like "da hood", or rap, or dancing, or how "da sistas" play games with men, or basketballs, or like... a cookout! Number 2, stuff a bunch a race relation jokes in it and pass it off as comedy. Number 3, get one good actor, a rapper, and a white person (you know, so the race relation jokes seem at least semi-relevant), then get a bunch of no name actors. And number 4, put some type of easily grasp high concept, like family or community. And wa la! You've got a movie that'll make money without the makers putting anything (and I mean anything) into it! Exec 2: It's gold!

Unfunny, uninspiring, unoriginal, and insulting to your intelligence whether you're black, white, Asian, native American, Arabic, south Asian, Hispanic or pacific islander, but especially if your black. This is what Hollywood thinks black people want. Mindless entertainment that panders to their race. And frankly, it makes me angry. The story was uneven, the jokes failed to illicit even a chuckle, the acting is bad, and the "high concept" was lost in the swirling mass of awful that was this movie.

A complete and utter waste of time.


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