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Dave Chappelle's Block Party Review

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5.0

Dave White Profile

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0
    84

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    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
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  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The enthralling spirit of Dave Chappelle's Block Party, its mood of exuberant democracy, extends to every rap and soul performance in the film.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Besides being filled with Chappelle's hilarious sense of humor, the movie features life-affirming messages and great music by serious rap artists with political, socio-cultural and spiritual themes.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    As for the movie, I've seen better comedy films and better concert films. It noodles around too much and gets distracted from the music. Michel Gondry, who directed, makes good fiction films but is not an instinctive documentarian and forgets that even a fly on the wall should occasionally find some peanut butter. As the record of a state of mind, however, the film is uncanny.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Allison Benedikt

    An uplifting, funny and engaging star-studded affair.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The comedian has had his ups and downs recently, but the film is pure up, a wonderfully genial and inclusive record -- not that the music is devoid of anger or social protest -- of a day-long, freestyle show.

  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    The word "community" has become a cliche, but this party, both backstage and before the crowd, illustrates a specific sense of cultural community and the singular bliss of standing on a city street in late-summer rain for a once-in-a-lifetime concert.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Provocative -- for older teens and adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this documentary includes lots of strong profanity. That is, over 20 uses of the f-word, twice as many s-words, "bitch," "hell," "ass," slang for genitals ("d--k" and "p---y," for examples), and the n-word (by black speakers). Jokes and dialogue refer to sexual activity, drinking and pot-smoking, characters smoke on screen, and Chappelle talks about purchasing cigarettes in a convenience store. Some of the performed hip-hop lyrics include profanity. Fred Hampton's son appears briefly, and Chappelle describes his father's shooting (in his bed, next to his pregnant wife), by Chicago police in 1969.

  • Families can talk about the social and political issues the film raises: institutionalized racism and poverty, sexism, and violence. How can comedy and musical performances provoke open dialogue about these concerns? Is the excessive profanity necessary?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
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    Violence: A shooting is described.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Jokes and dialogue refer to sexual activity.

  • language false5

    Language: LOTS of explicit language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: References to drinking, smoking, and pot smoking.

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