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Dave Chappelle's Block Party | 2006 | R | - 2.1.7

Dave Chappelle hosts a block party by traveling from Dayton, Ohio, to New York, inviting people to join him along the way. The film was shot on location in Bedford Stuyvesant, New York, and features Kanye West, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Dead Prez, Jill Scott, The Roots, and Talib Kweli. Directed by Michel Gondry. [1:43]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - Men grab their crotches during musical performances in several scenes.
 Women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in a few scenes, a woman wears a short top that reveals her bare abdomen, and we see a few bare-chested men on a stage during a performance.
 A young man refers to a relationship as Christian courtship. A woman tells a man "you are welcome to rest your loins here." Someone makes reference to "dirty jokes."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - A man talks about police killing a man and a woman in their bed, and that the woman was pregnant (the infant survived). A few people make reference to the DC sniper in jokes.
 People talk about giving urine samples.


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LANGUAGE 7 - 27 F-words and its derivatives, 4 obscene hand gestures, 2 sexual references, 29 scatological terms, 20 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, 15 derogatory terms for African-Americans, 2 derogatory term for Caucasians, name-calling (stupid), 5 religious profanities, 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - We see a hand puppet with a large marijuana cigarette in its mouth, a man says "I smell reefer," song lyrics include the phrases "gettin' high" and "pass the weed," the word "BLOW" is spelled out on a man's jacket, and people talk about a mushroom pizza containing hallucinogenic mushrooms. A man and a woman drink wine and the woman smokes a cigarette. A woman smokes a cigarette and a man smokes a cigarette. A man carries a cigarette behind his ear in a few scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - The depressed conditions of Bedford Stuyvesant, murder, The Black Panthers, comedy, freedom.

MESSAGE - Comedy and music can bring people together. Make something of yourself, don't blame others, and seize the opportunity.

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