Chris Rock: Bring the Pain (***½)

Posted on December 3rd, 2002 in Movie Reviews by EngineerBoy

Chris Rock’s Bring the Pain may be the funniest stand-up comedy I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. The barbs are excrutiatingly accurate, raunchy, and hilarious, and are (no kidding) extraordinarily thought-provoking.

Just so you know where my commentary is coming from, I am a 40 year old, white, middle-class male from Houston, Texas. I have seen Rock’s talk show on HBO, and haven’t really cared for it. I thought he was reasonably entertaining on Saturday Night Live, but nothing spectacular. When it comes to stand-up comedy, I’m a big fan of circa 1978 Steve Martin stand-up (Wild and Crazy Guy) and I love Seinfeld’s ‘I’m Telling You for the Last Time’.

Do yourself a favor, rent/buy ‘Bring the Pain’ and prepare yourself for some mind-blowing, prejudice-shattering, side-splitting hilarity.

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