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IMDb Rating 6.2 10 7837


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Halle Berry as Herself
Ice Cube as Himself
Chris Rock as Albert / MC Gusto
Phil Hartman as Virgil Robinson
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Prismark10 6 / 10

Jump around

What Spinal Tap did to heavy rock, CB4 does to rap in the 1990s and it was about time.

Chris Rock is Albert, a decent guy who along with his friends want to hit the big time as rappers. They try every gimmick to break into showbiz. Albert inadvertently gets mixed up with a local hoodlum, Gusto getting arrested and decides to adopt his hard core gangster identity, MC Gusto and the group becomes CB4. They eventually raise the ire of conservative politicians but the record buying public love them but Gusto breaks out of prison and wants to get even.

The film succeeds because it makes pointed and prescient digs at gangsta rap and some of the songs they parody are actually very good and reflective of the music of the early 1990s.

The story is not the strongest, the satire always not sharp or even hits the target but the Rock and the rest of the cast seem to be enjoying the ride and real rappers turn up as to be in on the joke.

Reviewed by FlashCallahan 7 / 10

Spinal Rap....

Albert Brown and his buddies Rip and Otis are aspiring rappers who have tried every gimmick to break into the music business.

Eventually, Albert and the boys decide to go into gangster rap, with Albert assuming the identity of M.C. Gusto, who is really a local crime lord who is serving time in prison.

Eventually, Gusto finds out about the boys scheme and seeks revenge as well as a share of the profits......

When this film was released back in the day, I was just turning sixteen, and music and movies were a huge part of my life. Hip Hop and Gangster Rap were just really becoming big in the UK, thanks to NWA, Cypress Hill, and Ice Cube, saw I saw this movie a lot differently than I did over twenty years ago.

Seeing it now, there are flashes of genius, and Rock has never been better, but some of the sight gags really, really detract you away from the story and the narrative.

The music is still wonderful, and although the makers are poking fun at some of the artists who claim to be from South Central or wherever is cool at the time, but really middle class citizens with comfortable upbringings, it never forgets the fundamental reason that Gangster Rap is so successful.

Its funny, Murphy proves that only one sibling should work, but it's not as genius as I remember.

Reviewed by tnrcooper 8 / 10

Good parody of gangsta rap

It's always difficult to do a hard-hitting parody of anything. One needs to have knowledge of a topic as well as a general affection for it. If you hate a topic, your distaste for the topic will come out in cruel jokes and that is not good for the target audience for parodies which is often fans of the material which was parodied. They will not want to see parodies which are mean-spirited. If you like a topic, you won't make a mean-spirited parody. Your affection for your topic will be clear in the movie you make.

This film is very funny in portraying the hypocrisy of family values politicians such as senate candidate Robinson(Phil Hartman) condemning gangsta rap for political gain while his kid Ben (J.D. Daniels) idolizes the group and has plastered his wall's room with posters of the group. It's also excellent in establishing that the group has not come up from poverty but actually has suburban roots. None of the characters (portrayed by Chris Rock, Deezer D, and Allen Payne) have fought their way into this business opportunity from poverty. All have seen a business opportunity or a musical opportunity but they have not made themselves out of nothing, another trope the music industry has not shrunk from.

The earnestness of documentary filmmaker A. White (Chris Elliott) is also funny - the earnest desire to depict of a white man to treat rap and rappers with respect is also mocked hilariously by Elliott's nebbishness. The depiction of rap groupie Sissy is hilariously parodied by Khandi Alexander in over-the-top excess. Alexander shreds the promiscuity of the super-groupie with her over-the-top depiction. Gusto as depicted by Charlie Murphy is also hilarious. Murphy tears into the role of a truly bad man who serves as a club owner but who also deals drugs on the side. The willingess of MC Gusto and his crew to appropriate Gusto's name to promote an image of toughness is also a good method to allow the mens' true toughness to be revealed.

I think if anything, this film's middle section could have been developed more into a harsher, more acerbic treatment of the hypocrisy of politicians, the disingenuousness of the would-be gangsta-rappers, and of the over-the-top obscenity which often seems so gratuitous that it loses its ability to shock. Screenwriters Nelson George and Chris Rock, if anything, understated the acidity of their idea. The ability of gangsta rap to withstand barbed, extended parody is greater than the parody they have made here. The segment in which the group goes on tour could have been longer and Robinson's hypocrisy could have withstood a lot more parody also. All in all, this is a good film which could have been a great film.

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