CB4: The Movie

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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 from rap sheets to rap music. They are considered so bad that they even give rapper Ice-T pause: "I thought I was hardcore. But these guys are serious! What am I supposed to do now?" Unfortunately, at the height of their fame, their gangster pose is revealed to be a sham. Albert, Otis, and Euripides turn out to be a bunch of middle-class blacks striking a gangsta facade to look cool. But now they are in trouble. The real Gusto Charlie Murphy, a neighborhood thug who went to prison on a drug bust, has broken out of jail and is coming for CB4.
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Editorial Reviews

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It's pretty easy to tell that CB4 is Chris Rock the fledgling Saturday Night Live cast member, rather than Chris Rock the Oscars host. Not that Rock has ever mastered the screen the way he's mastered standup, but he's definitely still finding his footing here. His parody of gangsta rap is surprisingly toothless, which is counterintuitive, given all the gold dental work on display. Rock's co-writer, Robert LoCash, doesn't bring enough blatant silliness from his work on the final two Naked Gun movies, and Rock should have learned a thing or two by appearing in Keenen Ivory Wayans' I'm Gonna Git You Sucka! Maybe director Tamra Davis wanted CB4 to be more This Is Spinal Tap than Airplane!, but it's not nearly subtle enough to pull that off. The result is a boring middle ground between the outrageous and the sublime. Spoofs like the N.W.A rip-off "Straight Outta Locash" feel more like the work of Weird Al Yankovic than a sharp satirist, since the song uses N.W.A's same beat and lyric structure, and the original lyrics are so vulgar, they can't even be exaggerated for parody. Still, some details are pretty observant and funny. Character names like Stab Master Arson get the criminal posturing of early gangsta rap down perfectly, and for a film that came out in 1993, CB4 feels prophetic about real-world rap-related drive-bys like the deaths of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. It also recognizes the ongoing reality that some of rap's biggest purported criminals grew up in some of suburbia's richest neighborhoods. Fans of Comedy Central will be interested to see the film's villain played by Eddie's brother Charlie Murphy, over ten years before he surfaced as a popular member of the Chappelle's Show ensemble.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/10/1998
  • UPC: 096898151238
  • Original Release: 1993
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris Rock Albert
Allen Payne Euripides
Deezer D Otis
Chris Elliott A. White
Phil Hartman Virgil Robinson
Charlie Murphy Gusto
Khandi Alexander Sissy
Art Evans Alber Sr.
Theresa Randle Eve
Willard E. Pugh Trustus
Tyrone Jones 40 Dog
Rachel True Daliha
J.D. Daniels Ben
Sally Jane Jackson Wacky Dee
Isaac Hayes Owner
Louisa Abernathy Mrs. Otis
Vanessa Lee Chester Talona
Chasiti Hampton Tee Tee
Wayne "Crescendo" Ward Biscuit Diner
John Walcutt Director
Jeremiah Birkett Malik
Christopher Keene Accountant
Lance Crouther Well Dressed Man
Shirley Hemphill 976-Sexy
Al Clegg 976-Dis
Gerard G. Williams Inmate
Melvin Jones Inmate
Renee Tenison Twin
Niketa Calame Albertina
Jedda Jones Waitress
Ice-T Himself
Halle Berry Herself
Ice Cube Himself
Flavor Flav Himself
Shaquille O'Neal Himself
Tommy Davidson Weird Warren (uncredited)
Richard Gant Baa Baa Ack
LaWanda Page Grandma
Technical Credits
Tamra Davis Director
John Barnes Score Composer
Susan Benjamin Set Decoration/Design
Martin Charles Art Director
Nelson Coates Production Designer
Sean Daniel Executive Producer
William Fay Co-producer
Nelson George Producer, Screenwriter
Brian Grazer Executive Producer
John Hartigan Special Effects
Karl Walter Lindenlaub Cinematographer
Robert LoCash Screenwriter
Maria Melograne Asst. Director
Rip Murray Asst. Director
Chris Rock Co-producer, Screenwriter
Karen A. Steward Set Decoration/Design
Earl Watson Editor
Alexander White Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernie White Costumes/Costume Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TOO TOO TOO FUNNY!!!

    This movie is hilarious!! Chris Rock is in rare form! A classic!

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