Hip-hop entrepreneur Lance Rivera's follow-up to the unappetizing COOKOUT (2004) is an improvement to the degree that it fails to pander to every
stereotype of African-Americans acting badly. But for a family-friendly holiday comedy, it's still coarse, formulaic and occasionally just plain weird.
Christmas is fast approaching, and the film's smiling narrator (producer Queen Latifah, who cowrote and appears in THE COOKOUT) is delighted, unlike the sour, misanthropic Bah Humbug (Terrence Howard), who misses no opportunity to spread a little holiday drear. The narrator has her eye on two lovely, lonely people: flat-broke singer-songwriter Benjamin (Morri...