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Fear of a Black Hat

Mark Christopher Lawrence , Kasi Lemmons , Rusty Cundieff    DVD
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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wear your hat....... May 26 2003
I own a well worn VHS of this movie, and it is still as funny today as it was in the early 90's when it first came out. This witty parody of the Hip-Hop scene by Rusty Cundieff and Crew (Tales from the Hood fame) is vastly superior to it's rival CB4.
This movie is to Hip Hop, what Spinal Tap was to Metal. Either way even if you just know a little about the rap scene of the 90's you will roll laughing. The scene where the security guards have Ice Cold (Rusty Cundieff) outside of his car, and he has like 50 people with vidoe cameras and even the guy from the courtroom painting his portrait, "Cuz ain't gonna be no mo' rodney king up in here" will bring tears to your eys from laughter....... Until next time y'all. "Wear yo' Hat!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fear of laughing to death Oct. 30 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Its about time!! June 1 2003
This is definitely the funniest of the last decades "mockumentary". Writer and actor Rusty Cundieff skewers a handful of the early 90's rappers. LL Cool J, PM Dawn and C+C Music Factory take a beating. The film is crisp but over eager at times. Thankfully this doesnt affect the movie's flow. A little humor seems dated, but this is still an incredibly funny movie. With characters named "Tone Def" or "Tastey Taste", how can you go wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite comedies June 21 2003
This movie is absolutely hilarious. I listened to NWA and other "Gangsta Rappers" in their heyday, and this movie is a perfect satire of all of them. I don't think Rusty Cundieff, or anyone else for that matter, could have done a better job satirizing the ridiculous (or should I say "Ludacris"?) world of "Gangsta Rap". I have seen this movie probably 20 times, and will watch it 20 more once the DVD comes out.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not funny
the "jokes" are all telegraphed and almost all of them not funny at all. this is nowhere near as good as the rock group spoof "this is spinal tap. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2004 by J. Duncan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
This movie is a cult classic. The movie on the DVD is great and the commentary is good and the Hosted feature is funny. Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2003 by R. Pike
5.0 out of 5 stars A Laugh Riot!
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. Read more
Published on July 23 2003 by Sal Paradise
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't shoot until you see...
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!
Published on July 9 2003 by J. Zimmatore
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the extras, but why not an anamorphic transfer?
Was really looking forward to this one, but was disappointed it wasn't transferred in 16x9 anamorphic for wide-screen sets. Read more
Published on July 8 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Naturally, intelligent, gonna get, ahead
My life was complete after I saw Fear of A Black Hat. It's about time the DVD came out and the The Man stopped holdin' Ice, Taste-T and Tone down. Read more
Published on July 1 2003 by N. Steele
1.0 out of 5 stars Piece of [junk]
Am I the only one who thought this movie was horribly acted? The actors were so unconvincing. It was trying to be a black "Spinal Tap" but fell way way short. Read more
Published on June 29 2003
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