Written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, Top Five tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist forces him to confront both the career that made him famous and the life he left behind.
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I wish that detour into clownish homophobia hadn't left such a sour taste in my mouth, because you really don't see comedies like this very much anymore-vulgar and honest, base and wise. A very good movie that's almost truly great.
Since this kind of comedies are not my cup of tea, I got surprised how entertained I was while watching “Top Five”, a satirical look into the public/private life of a celebrity and the gossips around him, set up in a fast n’ furious pace. (3.5 stars)
Chris Rock's screenplay for 'Top Five' is one of the most satisfying screen tales this year. The natural chemistry between Rock and Dawson elevates the slight 'Before Sunrise' like framework to something truly special. Choosing to surround himself with some wonderful comic performers results in many uproarious yet 'real' moments. Kudos also to Smoove and Union for strong supporting roles. A magic evening.
I usually don't like Chris Rock. You can call me a prude, but I usually find him loud, abrasive, and crude.
But this film has so much heart without being mushy. It feels honest and sincere. For those looking for typical Rock fare, you will be disappointed. The dramatic and the contemplative outweighs the comedy here, but it really works well. If Chris Rock stays in this vein, he may have won me over as a fan.
It’s about the nature of fame and today’s film culture, and it’s gentrified, cookie-cutter entertainment industry, and the struggles of being taken seriously as an artist in it. More importantly though, it’s a lot of fun and flat out hilarious. Chris Rock owns the film, but the array of supporting performances are just as funny. It takes good filmmaking to avoid the obvious cliches that so many other films fall into.