Review: ‘Cb4’

Just as Wayne's World cashed in lampooning the addled heavy-metal set, this is a rap spoof attempt by another Saturday Night Live performer, Chris Rock.

Just as Wayne’s World cashed in lampooning the addled heavy-metal set, this is a rap spoof attempt by another Saturday Night Live performer, Chris Rock.

It starts promisingly enough like a hip-hop version of This Is Spinal Tap, with Ice-T and Ice Cube among the well-known rappers turning up in interview-style cameos. That tactic is soon abandoned, however, in favor of a long flashback about how the middle-class trio (Rock, Allen Payne and rapper Deezer D) passed themselves off as bad-ass types (CB stands for ‘cell block’) in order to tap into the rap audience, running afoul of the vicious club owner/drug dealer (Charlie Murphy, a dead ringer for younger brother Eddie) who served as their inspiration.

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. [Screen story by Rock and producer Nelson George.]

Cb4

Production

Universal. Director Tamra Davis; Producer Nelson George; Screenplay Chris Rock, Nelson George, Robert LoCash; Camera Karl Walter Lindenlaub; Editor Earl Watson; Music John Barnes;; Art Director Nelson Coates

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1993. Running time: 86 MIN.

With

Chris Rock Allen Payne Deezer D Chris Elliott Phil Hartman Charlie Murphy
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