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Fear of a Black Hat

Mark Christopher Lawrence , Kasi Lemmons , Rusty Cundieff    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cult classic March 22 2004
By Johnna
This movie is the "Spinal Tap" for the hip hop set. This movie is very dated, but very hilarious, the jokes never get old. I have seen this movie hundreds of time and am glad to see it come to DVD finally. Rusty Cundieff is a talented writer, as well as a great actor, and should be noted as one of the best that black cinema has to offer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
You don't have to know a thing about rap music to love this screamingly funny satire about culture clash, the media, fame, hypocrisy and a lot more.
A black woman (college-educated, oh-so-serious public TV type) is filming a documentary on a three-man rap group from the streets. Calling their mean selves Niggas With Hats (NWH), they're very concerned, at least while on camera (which is all we see) with maintaining their "hood" persona.
All their managers are mysteriously shot dead while NWH are "out of town" (wink, nudge). Early on they switch from using family members as managers to employing Jewish white boys. Before the film ends, they go through six of these poor fellows.
The dialog between the group and their middle-aged Caucasian record company owner is sidesplitting. With misplaced confidence, the businessman feels compelled to speak street talk in a doomed attempt to bond with his artists. We watch the astonished faces of our rappers as they listen to his ludicrous slang, which dates back to Malcolm X's time.
NWH even puts out a Christmas album called "Ho, Ho, Ho's." A rival rap group dogs their rise to fame, each outfit trying to destroy the other. NWH finally prevails, however, when it's discovered that the opposition's lead singer went to a prep school and even edited its yearbook. His career ruined, the antagonist and his crew are banished in shame.
There's an angry Spike Lee wannabe and an opening act, Vanilla Sherbet, a bouncy white rapper who insists he was raised by a black family. The concert audiences are pimply white youth who ape the group's moves, clothing and speech mannerisms and for whom the rappers can barely disguise their utter contempt.
Relating these details in no way spoils the fun, for it's the telling of the tale and the facial expressions of those to whom all of this happens that make the movie.
No matter what your age or background, you'll be howling out loud at many parts of this parody. See it soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fear of laughing to death Oct. 31 2003
By A Customer
When a friend reccomended this movie, some time ago, I was kind of reluctent to rent a movie about a rap group that has a thing about hats. I eventually broke down and did rent it. This movie is a great satire/parody of rap and its' various movers and sometime shakers. The obvious comparison between this movie and This is spinal tap begins and ends with the music element. Fear of a black hat hits every social/cultural hot button there is while streaming along with truly funny developments that mirror real life events. In short buy this movie and laugh your ass off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even Funnier Than VHS Aug. 19 2003
They made one of the funniest movies ever even funnier. Hilarious deleted scenes and commentary from Rusty. Unbelievably funny interviews with Rusty, Mark, and Larry. When Larry was interviewed they made him seem like he couldn't differentiate between the movie and reality. I was laughing to the point of tears. There is also a hosted version feature where they interrupt in the middle of the movie for an "intermission". The DVD also has 12 full-length music videos that were in the movie. Still the funniest movie I ever seen to date
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best mockumentary ever Aug. 16 2003
By A Customer
I'm a big fan of the mockumentary genre. Christopher Guest's films are hysterical--Best in Show was fantastic. However, the best in the entire genre is Fear of a Black Hat. This side-splittingly funny movie has great lines, music, acting, casting, etc. Rusty Cundieff is a genius. He wrote, directed, starred, and wrote the music for this masterpiece. I hold annual FOABH viewing parties to introduce people to this overlooked gem. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie! Aug. 15 2003
By R. Pike
This movie is a cult classic. The movie on the DVD is great and the commentary is good and the Hosted feature is funny. I wish they had spent a little more time on the audio track and the other special features. Still this is a movie that is a must have in the collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Laugh Riot! July 23 2003
This movie was enjoyable from beginning to end. Alot better than CB4 which was okay but definitely not as gag laden as this film in the mockery of a behind the music documentary. You can never get tired of this film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't shoot until you see... July 9 2003
Nope, I'm not going to spoil the joke! You'll just have to watch it yourselves. This is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. My DVD is on the way!
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