Top Five

December 12, 2014

Chris Rock and Rosario Dawson in TOP FIVE. Photo Courtesy of Paramount.

Directed by: Chris Rock

Written by: Chris Rock

Cast: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Cedric the Entertainer, Sherri Shepherd, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Hart, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, JB Smoove, Jay Pharoah, Anders Holm, Michael Che

Rating: R (for strong sexual content, nudity, crude humor, language throughout and some drug use)

Running Time: 101 minutes

Chris Rock’s TOP FIVE is an impressive film that smartly handles modern celebrity, alcoholism, and personal authenticity. Rock, who wrote, directed, and acted in the film, does go for the easy laugh in some scenes, but surprises you with scenes that are sensitive and thought provoking. He has also brought together an impressive cast. But if there is any criticism, it is that Rock, who plays comedienne Andre Allen in the film, doesn’t have the acting chops to become that character—you see only Chris Rock! It doesn’t help that he blends fiction with real life by casting Jerry Seinfeld, Whoopi Goldberg, and Adam Sandler as themselves. That said, you will go for the laughs, but remember the film’s ideas.

Grade: A-

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