CB4 (1993)



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Movie Info

This fake documentary, satirizing the rap-music world, focuses on a group of posers who achieve success as the hardcore rap act CB4, pretending to be tough street thugs. When they come face to face with real gangsta violence, however, their true colors are revealed.

Rating: R
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Chris Rock, Nelson George, Robert LoCash
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 14, 2003
MCA Universal Home Video


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Critic Reviews for CB4

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9)

Tamra Davis, a musicvideo director with the well-received feature debut Guncrazy on her resume, might have really had something here had she settled on any one of the many paths the movie starts down.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Torn between celebration and sendup, CB4 misses its big target as often as it hits.

Full Review… | March 31, 2008
Top Critic

In parts it is hugely, monstrously funny.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

CB4 promises sharper satire than it actually delivers.

Full Review… | September 7, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

As a series of ocasionally-amusing vignettes, CB4 is is fitfully entertaining. However, when everything is tied together into a cohesive whole, this movie is a colossal mess.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

If your mood is loose and profane, if you speak hip-hop (or you just like hearing it) and if you think Rock is funny (he is), you'll be glad you checked this out.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for CB4

Watch Fear of a Black Hat instead. Because it's actually funny. And relevant. Even if you don't like rap. Especially if you like rap.

Leave it to Chris Rock to take a great concept and ensure there's not a single laugh-out-loud moment in the whole film, even with Phil Hartman on board. Surely, I thought, as much as I love rap music and as many times as I've heard references to CB4 in rap songs, that this film would be better, funnier, something. But it wasn't.

Daniel J DeMersseman

Super Reviewer


Great comedy, an underestimated classic.

Chosen 718

Super Reviewer

Dang, is Chris Rock my fave actor??? I love comedy, and I love hip-hop, so mixing the two makes this a classic. So many scenes in this movie are worth talking about but I will just say that the "sex (comparision) scenes" and the funeral scenes, along with Charlie Murphy, really take this movie to the next level!!!!!!!!

Joel Goodwin

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