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Cookout (2004)

Director: Lance Rivera     Starring: Queen Latifah
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40700395
UPC: 031398168294
UPC 14: 00031398168294
Rating: Game Rating Code
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When todd signs a $30 million deal with the new jersey nets, he knows that his life is about to change. To keep things real, he decides to throw a bbq at his place, just like the ones his family used to have. But when you have new and old friends, family and agents in the same house, things are bound to get crazy.

"...comic mayhem...  Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"...an outdoor, barbecue-grilled "Barbershop"  Stephen Holden, New York Times

Editor's Note
A Rutgers University star player, Todd Andrews (Storm P), is picked first in the NBA draft and under the manipulation of his hot, gold-digging girlfriend (Meagan Good) he starts living large, replete with big house in a snobby, gated community. This doesn't go over well with his down-to-earth mom (Jenifer Lewis), who fears her boy will lose track of his roots. At any rate, it's time for the annual family cookout, and Todd decides to have it at his new digs, bringing in a caravan of eccentric family members and arousing the ire of the gate security guard (Queen Latifah). Plunging through a lot of sticky racial issues, this comedy manages to address concerns like the transition of African American culture and community, and to stay very loose and funny at the same time. Farrah Fawcett is good as the racist wife of a retired judge (Danny Glover) whom she doesn't seem to realize is African American himself (they're the angry neighbors). Rapper Ja Rule plays the requisite villainous thug from the old neighborhood determined to ride Todd's coattails to big money via some stolen sneakers. The large cast is generally inspired, but Lewis is the big standout here, transcending what could have been just another "big momma" stereotype by mixing fierce intelligence and wit with warmhearted sass. Latifah is also hilarious as the racial-profiling rent-a-cop; she also produced and co-wrote the original story.
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Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Spanish, Subtitled
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/13/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 97 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2004
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 16829
Video UPC UPC: 00031398168294
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Ja Rule
Video Cast Info Jenifer Lewis
Video Cast Info Jonathan Silverman
Video Cast Info Meagan Goode
Video Cast Info Queen Latifah
Video Cast Info Tim Meadows
Video Cast Info Anne Stuhler - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Camara Kambon - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Lance Rivera - Director
Video Cast Info Mike Elliot - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Patricia Bowers - Editor
Video Cast Info Queen Latifah - Writer
Video Cast Info Ramsey Gbelawoe - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Shakim Compere - Producer
Video Cast Info Tom Houghton - Cinematographer

Professional Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle 5 of 10
Think ahead to later today, when Labor Day barbecues are in their waning hours. Flies hover around t - Carla Meyer

Entertainment Weekly 5 of 10
Sends comedy backward in time, and we're in the 1970s, ethno-sitcom style: These Andersons in their - Lisa Schwarzbaum

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Ja Rule
Product attributeLabel:   Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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