The Cookout ★ 2004 (PG-13)
Lowbrow, slackpaced comedy debut from Rivera is filled with stereotypes. Todd Anderson (Storm P) takes advantage of being the NBA's No. 1 draft pick by letting his greedy girlfriend Brittany (Good) talk him into buying an ostentatious mansion in a gated community, among other perks. His distrustful mom (Lewis) insists he keep to his downhome ways by hosting the big annual cookout for family and friends, which brings all the hangerson into the backyard. Queen Latifah has what's basically an extended cameo as a zealous community security guard. 88m/C VHS, DVD . US Tim Meadows, Jenifer Lewis, Meagan Good, Jonathan Silverman, Ja Rule, Storm P, Farrah Fawcett, Frankie Faison, Eve, Danny Glover, Rita Owens, Marci Reed, Ruperto Vanderpool, Queen Latifah; Cameos: Marv Albert, Elton Brand, Baron Davis, Mark Cuban; D: Lance Rivera; W: Laurie B. Tuner, Ramsey Gbelawoe, Jeffrey Brian Holmes; C: Tom Houghton; M: Camara Kambon, Keir Gist.