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Fear of a Black Hat

Fear of a Black Hat (1994)

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90

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 1

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86

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Average Rating: 3.8/5
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Writer/director Rusty Cundieff's satire of gangsta rappers, focusing on a hiphop trio who release a Christmas album called "Ho Ho 'Hos." ~ Nicole Gagne, Rovi

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Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy

Rusty Cundieff

Jul 8, 2003

Samuel Goldwyn Company

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (3) | DVD (5)

The best hip-hop film of all.

August 14, 2007
Rolling Stone
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Inspired by This Is Spinal Tap, this mockumentary exposes the trials of a hardcore rap band, N.W.H. (Niggas With Hats) with wild, irreverent humor and exuberant music.

June 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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While individual interviews, pop-video parodies and album titles hit the mark, the film as a whole is insufficiently clear-cut in its satire of the bands' dubious antics and attitudes.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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If Mr. Cundieff doesn't match the satirical genius of Mr. Reiner's film, he does understand the rules of the game.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Not as fearless and sharp-edged as it could be -- but it provides a lot of laughs, and barbecues a few sacred cows.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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This movie is not tightly-scripted or elegantly produced, but it is (for the most part) highly entertaining. For those who have been waiting for a sequel to Spinal Tap, this may be the best alternative.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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It lampoons the luminaries, yes, but gives their authentic anger, which came from a real place, the benefit of gentler nudges. Its greatest fury lambastes losers who embraced a gangster rap ethos to build a bank account, not let loose a battle cry.

May 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

Borrowing intelligently from This is Spinal Tap, writer-director-actor Rusty Cundieff has crafted a mock music documentary that is as irreverent, hilarious, and tough-minded as its model.

December 17, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comment (1)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The rap scene has always had its share of colourful characters that are already caricatures. Why is there a need to spoof it?

October 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Satire at its finest. Uproarious and endlessly creative.

December 24, 2002
Arizona Daily Star

It's like "CB-4" -- only funnier.

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Cundieff is perhaps most adept at skewering rap's self-important politics through Ice Cold's wonderfully improbable explanations of how songs such as 'Booty Juice' actually contain an important social message.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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There's no plot to speak of, just gag after gag. Rap fans will likely love most of it; all others, flip a coin.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Fear of a Black Hat

"He's been shot twenty-two times. Twenty-two! That muffugga ain't got no blood."

The film's title probably didn't do much for its marketing campaign, if there even was one. And really, that's the only area where this movie failed. It's like CB4 but funny. And relevant. Even to this day. Even if you don't like rap as much as I do.
February 3, 2011
djdemersseman

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The Spinal Tap of rap music, this mockumentary follows NWA (Niggas With Hats), on their rise to fame. Funnier than I expected.
January 5, 2007
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