Cookout

Directed By: Lance Rivera Starring: Queen Latifah

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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.

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Studio Lions Gate
SKU 40700395
UPC 031398168294
UPC 14 00031398168294
Format DVD
Release Date 4/22/2008
Rating Rating
Keywords
African American Cinema
African Americans
Cooking
Parties
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Directors
Lance Rivera
Actors
Queen Latifah
Cast & Crew
Anne Stuhler - Production Designer
Camara Kambon - Musical Score
Ja Rule - Actor
Jenifer Lewis - Actor
Jonathan Silverman - Actor
Lance Rivera - Director
Meagan Goode - Actor
Mike Elliot - Executive Producer
Patricia Bowers - Editor
Queen Latifah - Actor
Queen Latifah - Writer
Ramsey Gbelawoe - Screenplay
Shakim Compere - Producer
Tim Meadows - Actor
Tom Houghton - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 16829
UPC 00031398168294
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 97 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review Think ahead to later today, when Labor Day barbecues are in their waning hours. Flies hover around t
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Reviewer Carla Meyer
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource Entertainment Weekly
Review Sends comedy backward in time, and we're in the 1970s, ethno-sitcom style: These Andersons in their
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Reviewer Lisa Schwarzbaum
ReviewRating 5
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Ja Rule
Label Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle ...comic mayhem...
Stephen Holden, New York Times ...an outdoor, barbecue-grilled "Barbershop"

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