Dave Chappelle's Block Party Michel Gondry, avatar of the surreal, goes lo-fi in documenting Dave Chappelle's Block Party , featuring big-game hip-hop heavies as various as Erykah Badu, Big…
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Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006)

Dave Chappelle, Dave Chappelle's Block Party
Image credit: Dave Chappelle's Block Party: David Lee

Details Release Date: Jun 13, 2006; DVD Release Date: Jun 13, 2006; Rateds: R, Unrated; Genres: Comedy, Documentary; With: Dave Chappelle; Distributor: Focus Features

Michel Gondry, avatar of the surreal, goes lo-fi in documenting Dave Chappelle's Block Party, featuring big-game hip-hop heavies as various as Erykah Badu, Big Daddy Kane, and the reunited Fugees. EXTRAS Exuberance abounds. A making-of trips from one just-happy-to-be-here participant to another (Badu to Gondry: ''I don't understand anything you're saying, but I'm with it''), and a doc following random invitees from Chappelle's Ohio hometown (a marching band director describes the experience as ''living the caviar dreams'') is mainlined positivity.

Originally posted Jun 09, 2006 Published in issue #882 Jun 16, 2006 Order article reprints