CB4 - The Movie
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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 fact that they are the only gangsta rap group who are, in fact, actual gangsters, coming direct… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"CB4 promises sharper satire than it actually delivers."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"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."
‑ , Film4
"One of the first movies to parody gangsta rap, it does so knowingly and affectionately."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"A fast-paced and frequently hilarious spoof of the old-school rap world."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Torn between celebration and sendup, CB4 misses its big target as often as it hits."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"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."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A muddled but often funny rap satire."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"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."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"In parts it is hugely, monstrously funny."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time 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."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"An amusing look at the early days of the gangsta rappers."
‑ Brad Laidman, Film Threat
"Resolutely lame in all the wrong places, CB4 is nowhere near the witty satire it purports to be."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
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