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Dave Chappelle presents a Brooklyn neighborhood with its very own once-in-a-lifetime free block party. In addition to Chappelle, the roster of artists includes Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Dead Prez, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, the Roots, Cody ChesnuTT, Big Daddy Kane, and – reunited for their first performance in over seven years – the Fugees. Includes private rehearsals footage and Chappelle in the small Ohio town he calls home, where he wanders through town handing out golden tickets to invite several dozen citizens to join the party, providing transportation and lodging for their visit to Brooklyn. Ohio’s Central State University marching band makes the trip and kicks off the festivities at the intersection of Quincy and Downing Streets. A diverse crowd and Chappelle’s freestyle wit guides them (and us) through a celebration of music and comedy, history and community.

Also Known As: Untitled Dave Chappelle/Michel Gondry Project, Impreza na krawezniku, La fiesta de Dave Chapelle, Block Party, Dave Chappelle's Block Party, Блок Пати

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  • alejandro-salamanca-garmendia
    alejandro salamanca garmendia

    This was by no means a film with any sort of substance. Going in, the viewer expects to see some great comedy, maybe some Dave Chappelle stand up, perhaps a sketch, and a music extravaganza. The sad truth is that this movie was cleverly marketed to be a Dave Chappelle comedy. In reality it is just a concert with some of today’s biggest hip hop and R&B artists, with a small joke or two about every twenty minutes. I was very disappointed by it because it was in no way the film it was made out to be. This is a STRONG WARNING to those looking for a great laugh to not see this because you will be very disappointed, and if you are like me, and do not enjoy the artists in the film, very, very bored. I can’t even say that it was a good film in the sense of what it really was, because the whole time I was wishing it was something else – the movie the trailers promised. If your idea of a movie is to see a bunch of live performances, than go to see this. If you like substance, or meaning, or laughing, see something else.

  • april-parker
    april parker

    Last night, my friends told me that they wanted to see a movie. Then, they mention that it’s Dave Chappelle’s Block Party. I remember him for being somewhat funny. I went to see this movie and I hear the worst and crappiest jokes and I see that nothing is funny, yet everyone in the theater seemed to laugh. I was expecting some kind of storyline or at least stand up or SOMETHING! What I got was completely horrible.Most of these were rap/r&b performances and I guess I didn’t like it because I don’t like rap. Maybe if you like rap you might like this movie, but I recommend to most of you people out there to avoid this movie because it was not even close to worth my $9. I want my money back and two hours of my life back.Edit- Okay, 3 out of 12 found this comment useful. Though its not a good rating, but I know that if I saved at least one person $9 and two hours of their life, I’ve done my job.

  • thom-westermann
    thom westermann

    I have no idea how this movie is garnering positive reviews. Maybe critics are afraid of earning a racist label for panning this movie, but I was astonished at how bad this movie was. For those thinking of seeing it, it’s about 15 minutes of Chapelle and the entire rest of the movie is footage of the block party where rappers are performing. That’s it! That’s the movie…about 70 minutes of rappers singing…nothing extra, no humorous interactions, no quirky likable characters. The movie is funny when Chappelle is onsreen improvising his humor on people he meets. Howver, there is not nearly enough of that interaction to make this film watchable and much less, enjoyable. Chappelle invites some odd characters to the party at the beginning and we are excited to see how they will interact with the rest of the audience, BUT WE NEVER SEE THEM AGAIN IN THE MOVIE until it’s almost over and they just say it was “nice”. I laughed about three times during the whole movie…when Chappelle was on screen. The rest was a bunch of crappy rap music (Yeaaaa-yah!!!, What?, Ugh!, Ugh!) and people jumping around on stage. There was a racist slur used over and over in one song and I was made very uncomofortable by it’s use. Very dispapointing, and not even a good concert flick at that. Unless you are a gigantic fan of rap, stay home and pop in Chapelle Show season 2 and laugh your butt off. I’m not sure what is being presented here…a music concert movie? Not even as a concert movie is this worth watching.

  • daisy-bonnin
    daisy bonnin

    I went into this movie knowing it was a documentary and thinking it was going to have a lot of comedy, because it was advertised as such. But that’s not what it is at all. It’s a documentary/live concert featuring some of today’s biggest rap/hip-hop/R&B artists with little sections of jokes every now and then. This is by no means, a comedy. Yes, some of it is funny, but for the most part, it’s down right boring. I mostly found it that way because I don’t like rap at all, and the bulk of the movie was not interesting in the least. A majority of the jokes in the movie are pretty funny, but I would definitely not want to pay to see so few of them again. So I say this as a warning, if you’re expecting to laugh a lot or if you don’t like rap, DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE. It just isn’t worth it.

  • mucevher-sezer
    mucevher sezer

    Dave Chappelle’s comedy on TV has been good, although lower & middle class whites who are also oppressed by greasy fat fascist neocons may question the moral validity of having comedy which uses too broad of a brush relative to assigning guilt to lighter skin colors. The In Living Color TV series did that pervasively, where they often lumped all Caucasians into the same boat of being “the man,” and yet as a left leaning anti-authoritarian in the same political camp as Gandhi and the Dali Llama, I find myself somewhat offended at being lumped in with the modern right wing fascists of today just because of my skin color and genetics.In any case, I still found Mr. Chappelle’s comedy on TV to be funny. But make no mistake about it, this movie is not, that’s n-o-t, a “Dave Chappelle comedy movie.” For the most part here’s what it is instead: a.) rather pedantic and boring clips of him organizing his ‘party,’ and b.) way too long bouts of annoying lower grade rap music.One of the rap songs had some strong put downs for all the “crackers” in city hall. The poor in America may agree as they find that the war on drugs is really a war on the poor – the poor who have no good job prospects and who cannot afford to pay big drug companies for pain meds.But even so, even if you agree that the war on drugs is evil & does more harm than good, what you’re getting from this film if you’re a Dave Chappelle fan is not what you would expect to get for your $8. There’s simply not enough comedy. The ratio of rap songs to comedy is way off. Mr. Chappelle apparently felt it should be about 95 to 5, whereas the common Chappelle fan would have rightly expected it to be at least 50:50, and more properly about 20:80.So, yes, I think there’s some use in getting music of the rebels out there into the movie houses of the US, but we need a bit more sauce with dry meat.Also, there’s something to be said against a glorification of gangsterism. One can advocate for the poor and for the rights of everyone to be free without advocating gangsterism. And rap music tends, unfortunately, to sometimes glorify more negative & crass aspects of human nature. There is in it a certain brutishness and crassness and blunt aggression, and the rap music serves to transit blunt aggressiveness to future generations.If the ghetto is to be brought up so as to fight against oppression, it needs to do some internal de-ghetto-ification. Don’t drop rap, but maybe kick it up a notch more toward egalitarianism and more toward an advocacy for kindness and respect and a higher level of education.So I suppose the film was interesting, but it was also boring, and not worth the price I paid. I went expecting to see much more comedy. But what I got instead was to see what the ghetto looks & feels like. And there is some use in that I suppose, but ideally it would have been easier to swallow the dry meat if there would have been more sugar filled jam added on top. I would still get the meat of the rap down, but I can personally only do so happily if it’s more interspersed with some good comedy.Sadly therefore I recommend holding off on seeing this film. There is value in learning about how the “other side” lives, if you’re a middle America person & whatnot. But to tell you the truth, it would be easier for the middle Americans to do learning on this level if we can at least every five minutes or so, do some laughing. That’s what we went to see a movie with Mr. Chappelle’s name on it to do. And there were a few funny spots. But after a while I got bored and wanted to leave, even though I fully agree with the common goals of left leaning anti-authoritarians.Is it really useful to crassly gain comedic points by pervasively pointing out whites who happen to show up to a black comedian’s show? I don’t think so. Humans of all colors are capable of great evil and great compassion. All of us have lovers and rapists and abusers in our heritage. I don’t particularly want to be blamed for the sins of my mothers & fathers, unless I today am acting as an enabler for continued abuse of the planet & of fellow humans. The no sense of humor modern fascists deserve to be fully excoriated via comedy, and I encourage all comedians of all colors to do as much. Mr. Chappelle and all modern comedians who purport to advocate for the common man should realize that everyone is being oppressed by the right wing modern fascists of today, and that the common man comes in all colors including the color of the oppressor — and there are darker colored people amongst the oppressor’s ranks here. Also in Africa there are a lot of dark skinned people doing a great amount of harm through wars and ethnic cleansing. So let’s just admit to each other that humans can be good or evil regardless of skin color.The above text is the type of dialogue which needs to take place amongst us, and movies like Mr. Chappelle’s could have some value to that end. But if a movie is boring, or not what a person expects, they sadly may loose interest in the topic & walk out. The movie either needed more comedy and less rap, or perhaps a third each of rap, comedy, and a dialogue which would serve to convey to middle America how voting fascist hurts the all American children and puts all of us at risk.

  • jacob-murphy
    jacob murphy

    I had seen the previews I had read the reviews and I believed this would be a great movie but it wasn’t. It was boring and the few jokes they had were stupid. Many people will go to see this just because it’s Dave Chappelle. I didn’t expect it to be the Chappelle show but I also didn’t expect it to be the boring piece it was. To sum it up this would be a concert movie you would see on VH1 were they play a song and talk for about 10 minutes but you don’t watch it because it is that bad. Even though the movie has it’s bad points there are a few good songs that are played in the movie and they do speak a lot of truths about todays culture. If Dave Chappelle does make another movie I hope he keeps to what he is good at and if he makes another film like this to keep it to a straight to DVD release. This will be the only post I ever do so this will be filled a lot so you can all see this because I have said all that needs to be said. The writing limits on this website bugs me and i don’t care if I do get banned. I just don’t like how the lazy people in the world don’t get there opinion because i know a lot of people hated this movie but it gets a great rating because the people that like it are willing to write on and on and on about how good it was. Which then in turn makes people who try and get an honest review about a movie before it comes out get extremely angry. If I had seen even one review that had said it was bad I might not of wasted my time and money to go and see it

  • sarah-sanders
    sarah sanders

    Prior to watching this film, I thought it was going to be a Dave Chappelle comedy with a few musical acts performing- the musical acts supporting the comedy. However,it ended up where this film is primarily the making of a concert narrated by Chappelle. I may be wrong, but I expected to see more comedy out of Chappelle since he is, you know, a comic. Maybe some stand up and a few skits. What we basically have in this movie is Chappelle going around and having people tell him how great he is. I feel this film should have been marketed more as a concert film because, as it is, it is a bit misleading. If you are into hip hop, you will find some enjoyment in this film because of some of the acts that perform. If you have no interest in hip hop, you will probably hate this film because there is very little comedy.

  • adele-mallet
    adele mallet

    Dave Chappelle’s film ‘Block Party’ felt like one of the longest films in the world – basically because I found it sublime and terribly boring.But – the redeeming value for those who are interested in seeing the film: those who like watching a perpetually stoned semi-funny comedian going back to Brooklyn, New York (or there abouts) to stage a “block party” for the neighborhood and those that like the line up of acts chosen. Since I was not interested or made interested by either, this film didn’t connect for me.As a comedian, I find that Dave Chappelle is a “hit or miss”. Some things he sketches out and performs are as funny as heck, some things he does are rather mean spirited, blatantly racist (and let me clarify that by saying – just because he’s an African American, it does not give him license to be racist against African Americans while others are condemned for doing so) and just plain unthoughtful.Here, his comedic style/social commentary really doesn’t matter for nothing he did even cracked a smile on my face, or left me with an afterthought.The alleged philanthropy angle of the film was what most disgusted me – there really wasn’t one of merit. I was not impressed, nor did I find it funny. I found it pandering and self-serving and that is not the intention behind philanthropy although that is what it may have turned into. While it’s a nice idea to stage an outdoor concert (in this day and time all I have to do is turn on the New York bases morning shows “Today” or “Good Morning America”, et al to see one so this was not unique) there wasn’t anyone cast I would remotely be interested in watching n film – but for those who do like these folks, this film may be an enjoyable venture depending on who got more film time than others and why.And rather than walking Dave Chappelle through the neighborhood giving out “golden tickets” to the show, (yes, it was more of a “show” than a “block party”) why not walk him through the Brooklyn neighborhood giving out real “golden tickets”: Educational College Grants/scholarships under his name. But that would not make an interesting film – in the same way this doesn’t make an interesting film. For how much this cost to do, that would have been a better idea and would have yielded better, long term rewards for that area. Let me just add here that one of the reasons why this act left me sour is that I am tired of seeing African Americans who have some kind of recognition do nothing more but stage “concerts” and think they’re improving neighborhoods and the poor within them by doing so. This is just one more example of missing an opportunity to do something long lasting really worth a darn. This film was a waste of celluloid and the showcasing of musical talent for me, but hey, Chappelle and his production folks made money to keep him “comfortably numb” for a few more years and the ‘hip hop’ (or whatever you may call them now) “musicians of the minute” chosen to appear got an opportunity to be seen and heard to the fans that support them.

  • theophile-gkiritzione
    theophile gkiritzione

    http://www.kajatm.com To say that Block Party was a little disappointing is an understatement. Block Party is Chappelle’s most recent work since going crazy and maybe it would have been a good idea if he had stayed that way. This “movie”, (I use that term loosely because it really isn’t a movie but more of home movie taken by your drunk uncle) looks at Dave’s attempt to throw a block party in Brooklyn, NY and the three days leading up to the Block Party. The movie includes a Rap star studded cast including Mos Def, Kanye West, The Fugees, Big Daddy Kane and Common.This movie was just terrible. Words cannot describe how bad it actually was. First off, for those of you expecting The Chappelle show will be highly disappointed. The entire movie contains about a total of 10 minutes of Chappelle’s material which may result in the new release of “The Edited Dave Chappelle’s Block Party presented by Jim”, the 10 minute version. Second the movie really has no point whatsoever. I’ve tried to sit and think about this movie and what the exact point of it was and the only thing that I can come up with is that Dave Chappelle is stupid rich now and this was his way of giving back to the community or he just really likes block parties. But besides that it is pretty much just a party in Brooklyn that he decided to tape. Finally, unless you are really up on the Hip Hop scene you will not recognize a lot of the performers outside Mos Def, Kanye West and The Fugees.I was so disappointed with this movie that I had to go home and watch the entire first season of The Chappelle show just to remind myself that once upon a time there was a world where Dave Chappelle was funny. This was followed up by watching Pulp Fiction just so I could wipe my memory of this piece of garbage.Like I mentioned before, if you are expecting to see a full movie version of The Chappelle show do not go to see this movie. Instead I would recommend going home, getting into the most uncomfortable chair in your home, then pull that chair over to the ugliest wall in your humble abode and sit there for 2 hours just staring at that wall. I am willing to bet that this would be more entertaining than this movie. If this movie did not have the 10 minutes of Chappelle being funny I would have to seriously consider discussing with my friend Ken renaming The Thin Red Line rating. Do not waste your money to see this, don’t rent it, don’t borrow it from a friend, don’t watch the advertisement, don’t look at it when you go the rental store and don’t even use the words Block, Party or Chappelle in the same sentence. Let’s all just pretend that this movie was never even made, your life will be better for it, but then again what do I know?

  • sr-lucca-dias
    sr lucca dias

    What a bad movie. I went to this movie with like 15 other people in my class and within 20 minutes everybody but 2 people left. One of them fell asleep and the other guy thought there may be something funny in it. There is no chance i will even watch this movie even if it comes on t.v. I really would like to know why anybody would see this movie, this guy may be funny but in the movie all he does is walk around asking people if they want to go see the movie. I would tell most people who are reading this before going to the movie not to go. If you still really want to see this do so. But don’t blame me when you come back annoyed that you wasted maybe like 5$ going to it.

  • liisa-kyllonen-ahonen
    liisa kyllonen ahonen

    This movie was horrible. It was just a bunch of high people that didn’t make sense. The best part was when Dave played the bongos and was looking for a Mex-I-Can. Other than that it was just stupid. It was just utterly pathetic. I thought i should have gotten paid to watch this movie because it was merely time I will never get back and i hate you for it Dave Chapelle I hate you! I think it was vulgar and a poor direction job even though it was a documentary. I think I will get my fathers gun and shoot this DVD until i feel better. I will then proceed to poop in the broken DVD until i don’t have to poop anymore. I’m now done.

  • j-kovacs-dorina
    j kovacs dorina

    Dave Chappelle’s Block Party is the worst movie i’ve seen in theaters since The Fog and (although i liked them) i’ve seen When a Stranger Calls and Date Movie. There is no plot except Dave planning his block party and since when do people like watching other people plan parties? Now i almost fell asleep in this movie and if it wasn’t for a hilarious joke about a stripper and The Fugies i would have. Critics and people alike liked this movie and would like to ask why? I mean it’s a block party. It would be more interesting if you were there then watching it on the big screen. Now i originally didn’t want to go see this movie. But my friends wanted to go because they are big Chappelle fans and they thought this would be funny and a good trip to the movies. I still can’t believe how naive they were. About ten minutes into the film i said to my friend “this better get better” and then twenty minutes into the film i sighed and m friend asked “Why do you hate this movie so much?” and later he would be complaining about this movie almost as much as i was. Thirty minutes in there is a scene where a bus is driving people to the block party and it shows a shot of the road through the wind shield and the audience saw a rain soaked twisted road. I leaned over to my friend and said “if this shot is the rest of the movie I’ll be happy” unfortunately it wasn’t. Bottom line: This movie is crap and it’s a DVD Special Feature that no one will watch. And i swear this is the last time I listen to critics If you want funny see Date Movie that at least tries to make you laugh.Grade: 1/2/****

  • liborio-mazza
    liborio mazza

    Wretched, Unfunny, Unentertaining, Self indulgent wandering crap. Chapelle must feel guilty about his mainly white audience because he worked hard on making this presentation relatively inaccessible to them. THere is a lot of wandering dull dialog about nothing with various non-interesting rap people. A joke might happen once every 20 min and I don’t think there’s a single entire song on the whole damn thing. This is unfocused and self indulgent and not even the slightest bit interesting, funny or entertaining or watchable. BTW- I LOVE CHAPELLE SHOW- BUT THIS IS TOTAL JUNK.IF this video made Dave quit after he watched it- THAT WOULD MAKE SENSE. He has now joined OJ Simpson scouring the golf courses of America to search for the real killer.

  • sr-a-marcela-nunez
    sr a marcela nunez

    I loved this movie, it was well organized as far as Michel Gondry putting together a documentary. Dave Chappelle gives us a more human view of himself, far beyond the clown we have grown to love both in his stand-up and more recently his show on Comedy Central. You get to see the true side of some of these celebrities and where their hearts truly lie. The music is good both on stage and behind the scenes and Michel Gondry has truly documented a great moment in our generation. After watching this movie I have been essentially “talked into” going out getting some of this music that I heard in the movie. Somewhat reminding me of Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz, Michel Gondry captures the true essence of Chappelle’s goal in this bloc party and the community and more importantly the people in which it affects. This “Woodstock” of concerts, deep within Brooklyn, NY is truly a celebration…”bitches”.

  • james-morrison
    james morrison

    I rented this movie thinking… “Great… Dave Chappelle… he’s funny…” Then I watch it… nothing but rap! WTF… Worst movie ever madeThere were a FEW funny parts in the movie, but for the most part it was just a big rap concert…. all of the rappers sounded the same, same basic messages about smoke some weed yadda yaddaNo wonder blockbuster only had 2 copies of this movie…Amazing how this movie is getting 7.5/10 stars on IMDb, and from what I recall it was getting great reviews at the movie theaters… but I sure am glad I didn’t waste 10 bux to see this… as it is I’m a bit upset I wasted 4 bux to rent it…Unless you want to listen to a movie that’s 95% rap, with 5% of lame comedy mixed in… stay far far away

  • victor-van-der-sloot
    victor van der sloot

    but skip it if the main reason you wanted to see it was for Chappelle. I quite like Dave Chappelle. I have since long before he got really famous with his Comedy Central sketch show. That is perhaps why I wasn’t especially impressed with his film. He’s not the focus. He’s engaging when he is on screen, but most of the movie is dedicated to the musicians who play at his block party, among whom are Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Mos Def and the Fugees. While I liked all the music that was showcased, I’m not a particularly big fan of any of it. If you are a fan of any of these musicians, then I imagine the film would appeal to you much more than it did to me.

  • nekrasova-larisa-stanislavovna
    nekrasova larisa stanislavovna

    Block Party reviewed by Sam Osborn of http://www.samseescinema.com rating: 3.5 out of 4For a comeback, Dave Chappelle’s got it right with Block Party. It isn’t a concert film, but features a hefty amount of highlight performances. It also isn’t a stand-up comedy, but Chappelle certainly spouts some smile-turning kickers. And Block Party isn’t a documentary, but we’re left with a sense of culture from the footage of interviews throughout. In truth, Block Party really isn’t much of anything, but it’s enough to mount dizzying entertainment with the flick of Michel Gondry’s hand-held DV camera. It surrounds the conception, pre-production, production, and post-production of Dave Chappelle’s 2005 Brooklyn Block Party. The word “production” is used loosely here, not to connote images of agents frantically finding the rights to singers and their songs and the construction of the set and all the hoo-hah that goes into a major concert. No. By Pre-Production, I mean Dave Chappelle traveling back to hometown Dayton, Ohio to hand out the golden tickets to his fellow citizens. By Production, I mean watching some excellent musical performances on the corner of Downing and Quincy, in front of the Broken Angel warehouse, to the sound of 5,000 screaming fans. And by Post-Production, I mean watching Chappelle and his fellow performers speculate about the show afterwards.But for all the linearity described here, Block Party doesn’t have mind for structure. The film doesn’t roll chronologically; instead, Block Party jumps around itself, sometimes going to Ohio, then back to rehearsal, jumping forward to a highlight performance, and then back to Brooklyn at a children’s day care where the kids bounce frantically around Chappelle. Gondry worries less about documenting the actual party, opting instead to find an accessible method for the audience’s entertainment. If the film was said to be trying hard at any one thing, it would be that Block Party really tries to keep from bogging itself down.Chappelle himself does well to not hog the screen. In fact, if there was any one complaint, it would be that we don’t see Chappelle enough. This is not “Chappelle’s Show”, after all. There are no skits, and only a few planned scenes of comedy. Mostly, we follow Chappelle around with a couple DV cameras and a boom mic as he explores Dayton and Brooklyn, speaking to their inhabitants and hearing their stories. But this isn’t to say that Chappelle avoids humor. We all know Dave Chappelle’s a funny man when he’s not even trying. Believe me, there are many laughs to be had. The style digs down to why we loved Dave Chappelle in the first place. Seeing him walk around his hometown in a state of relative normalcy—without spotlights or producers and writers—offers Block Party a homegrown attitude. The music reflects this, showcasing artists that inhabit the quality of music, instead of the financial returns that go along with it.And the music’s great, too. Gondry does well not to overdose on it, aware that that the beats may grow tiresome for the anti-rap audience. He only showcases one or two songs at a time, jumping back to another Chappelle experience in between. But whether or not you’re a regular fan of rap (I’m not), Block Party’s music is sure to rouse some sort of reaction. The attitude and community behind the music is what makes it great. The fans and the artists and Chappelle forged a culture at this party, and this culture is infectious. At the theatre, much of the audience started dancing and moving to the music in their seats, some even raising their arms at the musicians’ demand. And at it’s heart, it’s just about everyone—the fans, the artists, the theatre audience, and Chappelle—just having a good time. -www.samseescinema.com

  • sinh-anupm
    sinh anupm

    …However as a rap-concert movie, it’s one of the better ones I’ve seen in quite a while. It works for a few reasons, though for some it may not work as well as for others. Basically, if you’re coming into this expecting Chappelle doing more of his stand-up &/or sketches, you’ll wonder how you could’ve been misled (not that his moments on screen don’t elicit enough laughs for satisfaction, at least for a Chappelle admirer like myself)- in fact many white audience members going into the film walked out of screenings. If this is due to the film-making style or something wrong on the end of director Michel Gondry, or just not caring for the rap and hip-hop, is up for debate. But considering the kind of mix of better-than-usual rap music, solid cinema verier style camera-work by Gondry and his small crew, and the fine bits of interview footage, it’s actually not a bad film if you go into it knowing what you’ll get. For some it may be one of the film events of the season &/or year.One reason it worked is that- and this is of course a subjective part of seeing Block Party- the musical acts are better than most of the rap and hip-hop currently heard on radio and seen on the music channels. Led by an actual band playing music as opposed to all beat machines, the groups (of which are Chappelle’s own favorites, and some of which already appeared on the hit or miss musical segments of his show) bring out solid beats, and the rappers or singers are not off-putting or ridiculous. The highlights for me were with Kanye West (with a cool, powerful mix of himself and a school band for ‘Jesus Walks’), The Roots, and the Fugee’s ‘Killing Me Softly’. There are also some cool, loose moments with Chappelle and some people backstage where he jams and riffs and jokes (funny jokes too, albeit for the musician’s expense more than for the audience). For someone like myself losing interest in more of the ultra-violent, idiotic and over-indulgent rap music of the day, it was not unpleasant at all to get dropped back into it with acts that were fresh and interesting (not that there aren’t some mis-steps, Dead Prez and Common not being some of the highlights for me).The other thing that made the film work though is Gondry’s natural eye with his lens, as he just stands by getting down the attitudes, the emotions and little bits of life in the midst of this huge spectacle. There isn’t anything outstanding in his style like with the Maysles brothers or DA Pennebaker in terms of capturing the music in action, and sometimes his focus strays to people on camera who take up a little too much time. But for the most part (with some exceptions of little moments that just don’t work) his attention to the rhythm of a film, and the rhythm of film led by music- he is one of the most artistically dominant forces in music videos of the past ten or so years- is focused just right. This style also compliments Chappelle, who has a laid back kind of way of talking to people, but with a sense of humor that cuts the chase. Some of the best parts though of his moments on screen aren’t expected, improvised, like the James Brown bit on stage, or his obscure ability to play two specific jazz songs on piano, or even his more juvenile jokes in jamming.In short, it’s a side of Chappelle you might not usually see at times, or with Gondry, and it all gels together for the sake of the audience that showed up for the show. Nothing too pretentious, and entertaining enough to keep those interested in their seats.

  • martin-link
    martin link

    This movie is One of a kind, it created a magic that most films will never achieve. It is filled with some incredible performances and the first appearance of the Fugees in almost ten years. If Lauren Hill’s performance doesn’t move you then you must be a robot because that women is a goddess. I think Block Party will be looked back upon and be remembered as one of the greatest moments for music in the new millennium. This will go down in the books as one of the greatest Music documentary’s of all time right alongside Woodstock. It is also fun to watch Dave continue his racial commentary on today’s society. I loved Block Party and will recommend this movie to everyone I know.

  • jennifer-carr
    jennifer carr

    For someone like me who didn’t watch much of Dave Chappelle or who isn’t big into the hip-hop music, I was actually pleased with this. Maybe it’s with the help of Michel Gondry, who I read/seen on TV say that he wanted to humanize the whole experience, both of the artists and the audience. That he did as I was completely moved and knew if I had been there, I would’ve felt the spiritual connection with the audience that I’m sure those there felt.I think it was definitely worth the near 10 bucks. A fair amount of good rap/hip-hop music (dude, I was even bobbing my head), a fair amount of interviews, a fair amount of comedy, and a fair amount of social commentary. This movie provides a face for the reason why hip-hop is relevant to our culture. And, I seriously give mad props to Dave for getting GOOD rap acts for his party.Ultimately, I think it’s actually better going in not knowing what to expect from it as well.

  • sava-nita
    sava nita

    Seeing this picture after a Hard night of partying, I had few expectations. But the laughs I had at the beginning of the movie set the tone for the rest of the picture. I just recently became a Chappelle fan, having only heard his comedy on Satellite radio. But I thought this movie was a nice blend of street and situational comedy, and I couldn’t take my eyes off the circa. 1972 afro that Quest was sporting. It was poetry in motion.I was not very knowledgeable about a few of the groups in the movie but I thought the concert scenes were great, and was in awe of the sheer musical ability of the featured groups; so much so, that I stopped and picked up a Jill Scott CD for my ride home. You will laugh at the comedy scenes but this movie is not really about making you laugh. It seems to be a cross-cultural primer using comedy, music and just general conversation, to give all of us a small look into each other’s world.

  • kelly-ford
    kelly ford

    Some have said that Michel Gondry directed this documentary (this is not a movie) like their grandfather would have done with a mini-DV camera. Well, man, I’d like to meet your grandfather.For those of you who don’t know “When We Were Kings”, it’s time to watch it. Because both this documentaries are about the same thing. Of course I wouldn’t say Block Party is as good, nor as powerful as when we were kings. But the purpose is the same: try to unite black people on one event, try to make them realise that even when you’re black and coming from a poor neighbourhood, you can do something of your life without only blaming the white man for your condition. Of course, at the time When We Were Kings was shot, Mobutu was Zaire’s Dictator, and the movie was financed by Liberian producers, who mostly owned their money from selling diamonds coming from Sierra Leone, exchanged against AK-47’s and other weapons. Therefore the omnipotent contradiction hidden behind the Black condition, and even mankind in general, but it has hurt black people much more: people trying to do good, and others getting money out of it with no rules or respect for anything or anyone.So, for once, here in Block Party, it’s something done for fun, not for money, but also for ideas, with representatives of this movement we don’t see enough: Not only people AGAINST something or someone, but FOR a change, using the power that is present in this population. And Michel Gondry, who is a GREAT director, filmed this in the same way When We Were Kings was shot. Camera in hand, close-ups, rough cuts, interviews over the music, same kind of music, same kind of people. Showing the poverty, and showing there’s hope. It’s not a masterpiece to me, but a good documentary. And of course, if you don’t like hip-hop it’s hard to like it. I’m a huge fan of ALL the artist on this movie, I would have made exactly the same programmation if I had been in control!

  • rugile-galdikas
    rugile galdikas

    Saw “Block Party” at the Toronto Film Festival as a work-in-progress. You will laugh until your stomach hurts watching this film. Chappell’s comedy provides the balance this film needs to serve as an entertaining reflection of the segregation and urban neglect the exists in America today. This message exists as the subtext, and sometimes bluntly, in the humour, interviews, and the music.Michel Gondry did an amazing job capturing some rather beautiful images. In one shot, it lasted for only a few seconds, a beautiful young woman rocks out to Mos Def while perched on her boyfriend’s shoulders.Whether or not you’re a fan of the music, it’s hard not to be totally engrossed by this film. Plus Dave Chappell’s in it!

  • magnus-roar-amundsen
    magnus roar amundsen

    this movie was outrageously funny due to the brilliant comic Dave Chappelle. This movie also features great music and entertainment. But if you think this movie is full of Dave Chappelles wild skits like on the Chappelle Show, ill let you know right now its not. Its a documentary about him putting this Block Party together. While it does have his amazing comic brilliance in it, it is MOSTLY filled with great music. Still I loved this movie for all its aspects, the Music, the jokes, the stories, and the entertainment. With Musical talent including Mos Deff, Kanye West, The Roots, Dead Prez, the Commons, a reunion of The Fugees, and much much more, this is a must see. So many of the movies that are put into theaters are not worth your 8-10 dollars, this one is. BUT go see it knowing that its not the Chappelle Show.

  • diane-collins
    diane collins

    because this was the sh*t! This is not a stand up routine, it is a CONCERT FILM sprinkled with Dave’s personal moments interacting with folks, his love of the music and the artists. If people were expecting “The Chapelle Show–The Movie!”, either they are stupid, or did not watch the trailer carefully. It’s bigger than HIP HOP! This was also my dream concert! It would’ve been perfect if D’Angelo and Me’shell Ndegeocello were playing too. Then I’d be in heaven. It made me fall in love with Hip Hop and good soul music all over again. Can’t wait to buy it on DVD. I just hope the DVD plays the full concert performances.Just hearing Erykah Badu and Jill Scott rocking the chorus of “You got me” TOGETHER is worth the admission price. An instant classic. Thank God for Dave Chappelle!