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The Cookout Review

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  • 1.0

    out of 100

    Overwhelming dislike
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 10

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    A painfully unfunny, would-be comedy.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Sends comedy backward in time, and we're in the 1970s, ethno-sitcom style: These Andersons in their out-of-date white, snooty gated community apparently confuse themselves with their forebears on The Jeffersons.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    Eventually, 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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  • 30

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Good-natured but it's a dud.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Wants to be an outdoor, barbecue-grilled "Barbershop" but lacks the pungency and honesty of its prototype.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids 16 and under

Avoid this gross, raunchy comedy at all costs.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is filled with drug humor. Marijuana use, including driving while high, is portrayed as endearing and cute, even empowering. Characters drink and smoke. Characters use strong language and double entendres. There are other sexual references, including a character who has had many children out of wedlock with different fathers and some crude talk about the anatomy of a man's wife. There is also some mild violence, including a gun that's used threateningly but is never fired. Racial prejudice is a theme of the movie. While it deserves credit for raising some issues of prejudice within the African-American community, it unfortunately also exploits and perpetuates the stereotypes it tries to expose, including an over-the-top portrayal of gay characters. A character wears a dress that she plans to return, a form of theft.

  • Families can talk about the way that the Andersons supported each other even when they did not always respect each other and even when they were not successful. Why was Em's sister so competitive?
  • They could also talk about how and why even hoped-for changes likemoney and success can create problems. If you suddenly got a lot ofmoney, what would you spend it on?
  • How do the "three F's" play a rolein your home?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Many racial stereotypes are played into for comic effect that just falls short.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Nothing great here for you or your child.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Comic violence, gun.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language and double entendres.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Marijuana, alcohol. Lots of drug humor.