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The Cookout

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Director: Lance Rivera

Cast: Ja Rule, Tim Meadows, Storm P


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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 balancing his new life with his old, Todd mistakenly invites family and friends from his old neighborhood to his


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 balancing his new life with his old, Todd mistakenly invites family and friends from his old neighborhood to his multi-million-dollar house for a cookout on the same day of an important endorsement interview. Though his extravagant family cookouts were welcome at his old digs, Todd's stuffy new neighbors -- particularly the conservative Republican Judge Halsted Crowley (Danny Glover) -- are less than thrilled with the arrival of Todd's massive family. Complicating the situation further is the eccentric neighborhood security guard (Queen Latifah), who takes on the heady assignment of ensuring that none of the private community's rules are broken, as well as two thugs who, determined to get an autographed pair of sneakers, hold up the cookout at gunpoint. Directed by Lance Rivera, The Cookout also features performances from Ja Rule, Eve, Farrah Fawcett, and Jonathan Silverman.

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Lions Gate
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Special Features

Closed Caption; DVD introduction with Jenifer Lewis and Storm P; Recipe for the Cookout featurette - behind-the-scenes flava with the cast; Deleted scenes; Street Ballin' featurette - behind the scenes on the neighbor "hood" court; Gold Diggers featurette - actors discuss the grubbers and hangers-on; Family commentary with Jenifer Lewis and Storm P; What Is a Good Cookout? featurette - the cast share their simple steps to a cookout; Joyz of Cookin' recipes; 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound; 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround Sound; Full screen version; English and Spanish subtitles; Trailers

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ja Rule Bling Bling
Tim Meadows Uncle Leroy
Storm P Todd Anderson
Meagan Good Brittany
Jenifer Lewis Lady Em
Danny Glover Judge Halsted Crowley
Jonathan Silverman Wes Riley
Farrah Fawcett Mrs. Crowley
Queen Latifah Security Guard
Gerry Bamman Butler
Rita Owens Aunt Nettie
Marcia Reed Ms. Peters
Ruperto Vanderpool Wheezer
Marv Albert Marv Albert
Elton Brand Elton Brand
Baron Davis Baron Davis
Mark Cuban Mark Cuban
Eve Becky
Frankie R. Faison Jojo Anderson
Kevin L. Phillips Jamal Washington
Carl Wright Grandpa
Reg E. Cathey Frank Washington
Jerod Mixon Willie
Jamal Mixon Nelson
Denee Busby Little Dee
Shawn Andrew Jerome
Jesse May Olivier
Lance Spellerberg Sven
Peggy Cosgrave Mrs. Atwater
William Stone Mahoney Commissioner
Walter Simpson A.J.
Wilhelm Lewis Wayne
Antonio Walker Young Thug
Deep Katdare Clerk
Thomas James O'Leary Reporter #1
Wendy Williams Reporter #2
Sandra Mills Scott Nurse
Marc Plastrik Police Chief
Channelle Nazaire Grade School Becky
Otis Best Grade School Todd
Alice Wright Grade School Bling Bling
Rodney Henry Grade School Wheezer
Alex Avant Police Officer
Divine Compere Young Cousin
Hasani Houston Light Skinned Boy
Julian Douglas Two Year Old Baby
Mehki Clayton-Smith Two Year Old Baby
DJ Enuff Himself
Roxy Noffz Cookie Girl

Technical Credits
Lance Rivera Director
Otis Best Co-producer
Patricia Bowers Editor
Shakim Compere Producer
John D'Aquino Sound Mixer
Leah Daniels-Butler Casting
Jerome Edwards Stunts
Mary Fallick Stunts
Darryl "Latee" French Producer
Ramsey Gbelawoe Screenwriter
Keir Gist Musical Direction/Supervision
Pamela Green Producer
Roswell Hamrick Art Director
Gary Hebert Art Director
Don J. Hewitt Stunts
Marc Hirschfeld Camera Operator
Jeffrey Brian Holmes Screenwriter
Tom Houghton Cinematographer
Misa Hylton-Brim Costumes/Costume Designer
Camara Kambon Score Composer,Musical Arrangement
Cheryl Lewis Stunts
David Lomax Stunts
Jeff McEvoy Editor
Mike Elliott Executive Producer
Mickey O'Rourke Stunts
Michael Paseornek Executive Producer
Jodi Michelle Pynn Stunts
Queen Latifah Executive Producer
John Sacchi Executive Producer
Jamie Silverstein Camera Operator
Derrick Simmons Stunts
Amanda Slater Asst. Director
Sonic Magic Studios Sound Mixer
Anne Stuhler Production Designer
Laurie B. Turner Screenwriter
Kim Washington Stunts
Thomas Weston Camera Operator

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles/The Interview [4:39]
2. Getting Drafted [3:05]
3. The First Pick [4:32]
4. Street Ball Attitude [4:31]
5. Movin' On Up [3:23]
6. High Security [3:47]
7. A Girl's Best Friend [5:03]
8. Hip and Progressive [3:51]
9. Not Your Brother [4:00]
10. A Little Errand [3:27]
11. Crashing the Party [4:42]
12. Fun, Food and Family [4:02]
13. Skunk Weed [2:50]
14. A Black Cat [4:51]
15. Checkmate [2:57]
16. In Violation [4:10]
17. Getting Lit [4:05]
18. Memory Lane [3:18]
19. Love and Respect [1:19]
20. Breakin' the Glass [:36]
21. Full of Flavor [2:43]
22. What's the Holdup? [3:06]
23. Keep It Real [3:17]
24. Epilogue/End Credits [5:57]


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The Cookout 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie did not deliver. I love black comedy like the “Friday” movies (except for the last one) but this was NOTHING like Friday. In fact, it was extra lame. There were a few funny scenes but not the way you want them to be. I have to agree with most of the previous comments, here, that this movie will most likely be pretty offensive to most black viewers. It's loaded with stereotypes and predictable humor. That aside, I did get a chuckle out of a few of the characters. Tim Meadows' conspiracy whacko character was twisted and amusing. Meadows have a talent for subtle humor with over-the-top characters. This sounds like a contradiction, but it isn't. Danny Glover gets a few laughs in as the heavily "ball & chained" neighbor. It helps that his ball in chain happens to be Farrah Fawcett, I suppose. Both Mr. Meadows and Mr. Glover's characters were somewhat stereotypical and unoriginal, but both actors made them work, because they're pros. That old man with a stick was kind of goofy. I mildly enjoy Queen Latifah though, even in a ridiculously written role she was believable and hilarious at times. She at least made it worth my time. I will say Tim Meadows was the highlight of the movie and his lines totaled approximately 5 minutes of dialogue. I found Jennifer Lewis' character to be intensely annoying. She was supposed to come off as "strong" and as the pillar of the family, but if I had a parent like her, I'd go to huge lengths to avoid her. Just watching her in a movie made me uncomfortable. I'm surprised that Todd's prospective client didn't head for the hills, immediately. Those grotesque fat twins were annoying. The pot smoking scene with them and Mertaw was horrendous. I was disgusted with the way they looked and acted. Ja Rule was very annoying as Bling Bling and his sidekick was just as awful. The dude Big Pu//y from The Sopranos was OK as a doo doo salesman. Rapper Storm P (aka Quran Pender) as Todd Anderson who played the young, newly-drafted NBA star did a pretty decent job in his role. Eve finally play a sweet character. For a hardcore rapper who always plays tough minded characters, it was nice to see her lovable and supple but the time she spent on the screen looked more like a cameo. ”The Cookout” has more flaws then virtues, and it will certainly offend anybody concerned with improving the image of African Americans, but it does have its brief moments but I won’t recommend this being that it’s unrealistic and forgettable.