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The Cookout (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  3 September 2004 (USA)
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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 ... 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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Rated PG-13 for drug content, sexual references and language | See all certifications »

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

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$59,413 (South Africa) (15 July 2005)
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Leroy: In hockey, they hit a black puck around, why can't the puck be white.
Wes: Well on ice, a white puck might be difficult to see.
Leroy: I would expect you to say that.
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Jungle Boogie
Performed by Kool & The Gang
Written by Ronald Bell / Claydes Smith / Robert Spike Mickens / Donald Boyce / Richard Westfield / Dennis D.T. Thomas (as Dennis Thomas) / Robert Kool Bell (as Robert Bell) / George Funky Brown (as George Brown)
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Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)/Gang Music Ltd. (BMI)
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Not what I had expected
20 July 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I once read that if you want to watch a movie and just to be entertained, then take your brain out and relax. I thought this movie would fit into this category. When I first saw the trailers, and bits and pieces of the movie I thought it was worth watching. So I did. To be honest I was disappointed.

With all of the big names like Danny Glover, Farrah Fawcett, Jenifer Lewis, Queen Latifah, and Frankie Faison to name a few, I had thought this would be great. At best I felt the movie was slow and the lines delivered as if they were being read.

As for the morality of the movie, one could argue it set the tone for being responsible about money. But I also saw a contradiction in moral and racial issues. The first issue is the smoking of marijuana. To see a "judge", Danny Glover smoking it, what does this say about the real world? The movie played on the fears of predominately white segregated, walled communities. At least that part was true.

The third item was in regards to the black male and white female role in an interracial marriage. Why in the end was everyone happy to see Danny Glover (Judge Crowley) dominate his white wife, Farrah Fawcett (Mrs. Crowley), yet Frankie Faison (JoJo Anderson) is submissive to his wife Jenifer Lewis (Lady Em)? Does this mean that all black men in an interracial marriage should be "Master and Commander?" Does this state that black men marry outside of their race because the black woman is too strong and dominant? Does this mean that all white females become submissive when dominated by a black man? I don't think so as I am in an interracial marriage and took offense to those messages.

With the above aside, I took my brain out and tried to just be entertained. I laughed through a few parts, and the rest of the plot I could see through. Would I see it again? Maybe.

I had expected more with all of the big names and maybe this is the problem.


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