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. Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che and Jay Pharoah.
Chris Rock doesn't hold back. The comic
made his name on sharp, uncensored observations
about men, women, black people,
white people, and the craziness we all get up
to. As his work matured, his satire deepened
and began to extend into both politics and
love stories. But he never got any less raw.
Chris Rock can still scandalize, which makes
him more valuable than ever.
In Top Five, Rock plays Andre Allen, a
successful comedian and movie star who,
having had his work recently savaged by a
New York Times critic, is now in need of a
hit. His fiancé (Gabrielle Union) wants him
to help boost her reality TV show, while his
agent, played by the rocket-fuelled Kevin
Hart, tries to guide him to the next blockbuster.
But what Andre really wants to do
is make a serious, important film about the
Haitian revolution. So he lets the Times back
into his life, hoping to revitalize his image
with a profile written by a whip-smart, irresistible
journalist (Rosario Dawson). It's the
beginning of a beautiful sparring match.
Rock and Dawson make an appealing
pair, and Top Five reveals the real chemistry
between them. But Rock tailors the movie
to suit his own mix of up-to-the-minute
social criticism and raw gutter comedy.
Even better, he surrounds himself with
a galaxy of comedy stars (Tracy Morgan,
Jay Pharoah, Cedric the Entertainer, JB
Smoove, and many more). Their scenes
are a joy to watch as they riff on fame, sex,
family, and that one question that always
gets trash talk started: who are your top five
hip-hop artists of all time?