CB4 - The Movie (1993)
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.
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Critic Reviews for CB4 - The Movie
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.
Torn between celebration and sendup, CB4 misses its big target as often as it hits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the first movies to parody gangsta rap, it does so knowingly and affectionately.
Resolutely lame in all the wrong places, CB4 is nowhere near the witty satire it purports to be.
A fast-paced and frequently hilarious spoof of the old-school rap world.
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.
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