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The Cookout is a 2004 comedy film, directed by Lance Rivera. It is co-written by Queen Latifah, and is a feature film debut for her mother Rita Owens.


Todd Andersen (played by Pender) has just signed a $30 million contract with his hometown basketball team the New Jersey Nets. He buys a new house in a new, high class neighborhood, and he then decides to invite his family for a cookout on the same day he has an endorsement interview.

The neighbors are drawn to the cookout, and Todd is concerned mainly about his image, as his family's antics are making a poor impression on his neighbors. When two criminals invade the cookout so they can get Todd's autograph, the ensuing chaos makes Todd realize how much he needs his family.

Tagline: This summer, get your grill on!


The Music and Soundtrack

while there was no official soundtrack commercially released for the film,There were original songs and remakes of R&B classics included in the picture

The Cookout main theme "Family Reunion" performed by Noel GourdinProduced by Kaygee & Terence "Tramp Baby" Abney& written by Balewa Muhammad, Keir Gist, Terence "Tramp Baby" Abney

The Cookout End theme "The Cookout" Performed by Treach (Of Naughty By Nature) & DuganzProduced by Kaygee & Terence "Tramp Baby" Abney& written by Nastacia Kendall, Anthony Treach Criss, Duganz, Keir Gist, Terence "Tramp Baby" Abney

"The Closer I Get to You" Performed by Barbara Wilson, and Romeo Johnson.written by Reggie Lucas and James MtumeCourtesy of Inflx Entertainment. Published by Ensign Music Corp. o/b/o itself and Scarab Publishing Corp. (BMI)

& Cheryl Lynn's "Got To Be Real"Written by David Paich, David Foster, and Cheryl Lynn


  • The Neighborhood where it was filmed is in Bernardsville, NJmarker, an extremely wealthy area.
  • This was Farrah Fawcett's last feature film before her death in 2009.

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