Dave Chappelle's Block Party

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Dave Chappelle's Block Party is a raucous return to the spotlight for the comic, buoyed by witty, infectious humor and outstanding musical performances.



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A genuine crowd-pleaser, "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" spotlights comedy superstar Dave Chappelle as he presents a Brooklyn neighborhood with its very own once-in-a-lifetime free block party. The unprecedented combination of comedy and music was shot on location. In addition to Mr. Chappelle performing all-new material, the stellar 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.


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Critic Reviews for Dave Chappelle's Block Party

All Critics (125) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (115) | Rotten (10)

  • Yes, there's a little preachiness here, but it doesn't puncture the party mood. Or stop Chappelle telling dirty jokes about prostitutes, for that matter. Thanks to him this isn't just a musical feast, but a rib-busting comedy too.

    Jul 1, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Chappelle keeps things lively, joking on camera, punctuating the acts with gags , while Michel Gondry maintains our interest, focusing as much on Chappelle's energy and wit, and goings-on behind the scenes, as the gig itself.

    Jun 29, 2006 | Full Review…
  • I want to see another hour of Dave Chappelle's Block Party.

    Mar 6, 2006
  • A return to rowdy form.

    Mar 3, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • No one enjoys the free festivities more than Chappelle, who wanders through the film like a kid on Christmas morning. A very funny kid.

    Mar 3, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • Chappelle's talent and the characters in the movie give it a universal appeal, even to those unfamiliar with hip-hop.

    Mar 3, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dave Chappelle's Block Party

  • Sep 05, 2008
    In an act of selfless goodness, Dave Chappelle used some of his Comedy Central paycheck to throw this block party, a concert featuring some of the biggest names in progressive hip-hop. In order to document the event he hired Michel Gondry to film his party. Choosing Michel Gondry to make this was an absolutely inspired idea, his playful direction exactly matches Dave Chappelle?s personality on display here. The event was a great thing for everyone involved, the community was given a fun free event, the musicians were given well deserved attention, and Dave Chappelle was given a chance to show the world just how nice and likable he is. Gondry is filming a concert film, but there?s more going on than music here, he and Chappelle are emerged in the community at large. Here Chappelle seems like an amazingly pleasant person, he?s like a Willy Wonka (which is subtly referenced early on) giving people a fun experience and being a fun person at the same time. Those looking for wall to wall laughs from Chappelle will probably be disappointed but what is here is something just as special.
    MJS M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2008
    A Sweet rap concert with Dave Chappelle being halarious through out the documentary. "Bitch, I said give me my money", and most of all," HIT ME"LOL
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2008
    The guy in the video store warned me..don't rent the Block Party! It isn't a Chappelle comedy show. Well I knew that but I was still disappointed. Chappelle attempts to bring all the influences in his life to one big block party and descended into a cheaply filmed concert film.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2007
    A nice documentary for hip-hop fans. I, unforuntely, am not one.
    Jon O Super Reviewer

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