CB4 (1993)

A bunch of rap-star wannabes attempt gangsta rap effrontery, call themselves CB4 (referring to a prison cell block), and become all the rage in the tough-as-you-can-be rap music industry. Before long, however, they discover themselves to be… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 12, 1993
DVD Release Date: January 14, 2003
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

CB4 promises sharper satire than it actually delivers.


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.

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David Ansen

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

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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TV Guide

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.

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

In parts it is hugely, monstrously funny.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Brad Laidman
Film Threat

An amusing look at the early days of the gangsta rappers.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
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… More
Chosen 718
Great comedy, an underestimated classic.