Dave Chappelle's Block Party

Dave Chappelle's Block Party

Dave Chappelle's Block Party
While not providing the laughs of tv's 'The Dave Chappelle Show' (hasn't screened here, but I seen the DVD), the free wheelin', reflective 'Block Party' bursts with positivity and goodwill.

The party in question is a free concert held on a street in Brooklyn, New York. Organised by the very kind Chappelle, he enlists performances from the hugely talented Mos Def, Kanye West, Dead Prez (a stand-out), Jill Scott (also a stand-out), The Roots and The Fugees (who re-united for this).

Intercut with the concert are scenes of Chappelle handing out golden tickets in his hometown of Ohio; musings from the comedian and his musician buddies; meeting the locals; and a particularly cute, impromptu invitation to a high-school marching band (to perform at the concert).
2006Rating: M, contains offensive language, sexual references & drug use100 minsUSA
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Review

OK, but best for fans of the music. Obviously.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

A heady spirit of spontaneity permeates the proceedings, suggesting the entire pic, much like the concert it documents, was conceived, planned and completed in a burst of creative enthusiasm...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Mr. Chappelle looks and sounds alternately ebullient and weary. It was directed by madcap genius Michel ndry, but in its tone and vibe feels like Mr. Chappelle's all the way...

Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

press

There's ample coverage to send audiences into a cheering, head-bobbing, finger-wagging frenzy, and Gondry's loose editing and camerawork complement the improvisational feel of Chappelle's comic banter...

4.0
New York Daily News

New York Daily News

press

Once in a great while there's a movie that's so funny, infectious and welcoming - a movie that makes you feel so od about America and the people in it - you just want to climb inside the screen and live there. That's the case with "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" - part comedy, part concert film, part avant-garde experiment, and all of it a joy...

4.0
Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

Chappelle's comedy comes from dissection of race, but as an actual comic he is naturally funny: laidback but paradoxically almost always 'on', he enjoys himself the entire way through...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

Variety

Variety

press

A heady spirit of spontaneity permeates the proceedings, suggesting the entire pic, much like the concert it documents, was conceived, planned and completed in a burst of creative enthusiasm...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Mr. Chappelle looks and sounds alternately ebullient and weary. It was directed by madcap genius Michel ndry, but in its tone and vibe feels like Mr. Chappelle's all the way...

Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

press

There's ample coverage to send audiences into a cheering, head-bobbing, finger-wagging frenzy, and Gondry's loose editing and camerawork complement the improvisational feel of Chappelle's comic banter...

4.0
New York Daily News

New York Daily News

press

Once in a great while there's a movie that's so funny, infectious and welcoming - a movie that makes you feel so od about America and the people in it - you just want to climb inside the screen and live there. That's the case with "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" - part comedy, part concert film, part avant-garde experiment, and all of it a joy...

4.0
Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

Chappelle's comedy comes from dissection of race, but as an actual comic he is naturally funny: laidback but paradoxically almost always 'on', he enjoys himself the entire way through...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

Review

OK, but best for fans of the music. Obviously.

3.0