Total Recall: Walk Hard While My Biopic Gently Weeps
Opening acts: This is Spinal Tap, Fear of a Black Hat, Sweet and Lowdown
In addition, the film features hilarious parodies of classic rap videos (send-ups of C&C Music Factory-style hip-house and PM Dawn's hippie-rap are especially devastating) and some sublimely silly moments (especially a scene in which a "Rap Against Violence" presentation to an elementary school class quickly devolves into a brawl between N.W.H. and a rival crew). Some of the jokes are a bit dated, while others (as when the group gets lost backstage, or the fact that the group's managers are constantly being killed) are almost direct rips from Spinal Tap. But anyone who loves rap's golden age will find a lot of big laughs here. And even some of the throwaway gags -- Tasty Taste has a necklace with a bowling trophy on the end; one of the groups on tour with N.W.H. is an all-female ensemble called Parsley, Sage, Rosemary 'n' Thyme -- are at least good for a chuckle. "It's sad that this film has been relegated to cult oddity status," wrote Mike Bracken of Mike Bracken's Horror Films. "If you like rap music, biting satire, or are just looking for something different, check this out."
Fear of a Black Hat: Rappers Against Violence.