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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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$6,219,794 (USA) (5 September 2004)

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$11,540,112 (USA) (10 October 2004)
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Trivia

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

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When Todd and Jamal go to the basketball court to play he is wearing light blue pants which he removes to play. When playing he has on shorts which he is wearing as they exit but in the outside shot of them leaving he is once again wearing the pants. See more »

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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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References Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? (2000) See more »

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Whoa Now
Performed by B Rich
Written by Brian Rich / Ron Hall / Jeff Barry / Ja'net DuBois
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
Published by B Rich Music / Dukeyman Music (BMI)/EMI Belfast Music, Inc.
Contains a sample of "Movin' on up"
Performed by Ja'net DuBois / Oren Waters
Courtesy of Sony Pictures Television, Inc.
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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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