The Cookout
The Cookout (2004)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: September 3, 2004
DVD Release Date: January 18, 2005
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Critic Score: 5% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Keith Phipps
AV Club

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

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Todd's payday apparently sends comedy backward in time, and we're in the 1970s, ethno-sitcom style.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Avoid this gross, raunchy comedy at all costs.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This is one dull party.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

A painfully unfunny, would-be comedy.

Michael Dequina

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

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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Akiva Gottlieb
Village Voice

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.

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 37% Flixster User Reviews
Remi Logan
The laughs were lukewarm