i could picture a semi-autobiopic about Rock's middle-age crisis, his fears about not being funny anymore, his addictions, needs and problems. we have a glimpse of all that, but unfortunately it is mixed with old romantic couple clichés and all that kind of stuff, turning it predictable since the beginning. despite that, it's an enjoyable and easy-going film with some entertaining bites "who's your top5?" 2,5
Chris Rock should keep writing and directing stuff like this. It obviously seems like he wrote this about himself; this is definitely a caliber of comedy that he could repeatedly deliver, but at all other times he seems to be weighed down in the abysmal pit of comedy known as Happy Madison Productions. The end was great though.
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.
Blending fact & fiction, Rock's 3rd film as a director is a very flawed by entertaining film. It has a clumsy structure & some very weak comedic moments, but the cameos & story help offset how infrequently funny it is. A somewhat spiritual cousin to Birdman, the film's structure is solid but the interview aspect brings it down somewhat. But w/ so many references, incl. Chaplin (twice!), you can't brush off this film.