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The Cookout, another film that capitalizes on the success of the Barbershop franchise by striking a similar tone and formula, apparently makes Barbershop look like a timeless classic.
Tom Neven (Plugged In) lists off The Cookout's faults: "This mess of a movie is just plain awful: Terrible acting, horrible directing, stilted dialogue, wretched writing, drug references and grade-school potty humor overwhelm the story. It plays on the worst stereotypes of blacks, whites and homosexuals in an attempt to get laughs."
Mainstream critics sampled it and threw it out.
from Film Forum, 09/16/04
The Cookout: David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) says, "While imparting a message that family is more important than fame, much of Lance Rivera's unfunny directorial debut only serves to reinforce many of the African-American stereotypes it purports to discredit."