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CB4 - The Movie (1993)

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Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 6

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Comedian Chris Rock stars in this scattershot satire of rap music in the vein of This Is Spinal Tap. This film within a film begins with A. White (Chris Elliot) screening a rough cut of a documentary he has made of the notorious CB4 rap group -- consisting of group leader Albert, also know as MC Gusto (Chris Rock); Otis, also known as Stab Master Arson (Deezer D); and Euripides, also know as Dead Mike (Allen Payne). White charts the course of CB4's success, their superstar status a result of the

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Jan 14, 2003

MCA Universal Home Video

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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.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Torn between celebration and sendup, CB4 misses its big target as often as it hits.

March 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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In parts it is hugely, monstrously funny.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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CB4 promises sharper satire than it actually delivers.

September 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Partly scripted by Nelson George, the premier authority on hip hop, the film is not without moments of insight, and there are certainly enough gross-out gags to keep you watching.

August 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
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CB4 just isn't too funny, and one gets the feeling that the filmmakers themselves lacked the resolve or coherence of vision to mock rap in any effective fashion.

December 17, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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An amusing look at the early days of the gangsta rappers.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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One of the first movies to parody gangsta rap, it does so knowingly and affectionately.

May 19, 2004
New Times

A muddled but often funny rap satire.

January 2, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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Resolutely lame in all the wrong places, CB4 is nowhere near the witty satire it purports to be.

July 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A fast-paced and frequently hilarious spoof of the old-school rap world.

July 25, 2002
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Though CB4 starts out as a fairly amusing rap variation of This is Spinal Tap! it quickly sinks into a raunchy, sexist series of off-the-wall gags that go nowhere.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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Audience Reviews for CB4 - The Movie

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.
February 3, 2011
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Great comedy, an underestimated classic.
January 24, 2008
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