Review By: John Burrell Jr.
RELEASE DATE: December 12, 2014
STUDIO: Paramount Pictures
DIRECTOR: Chris Rock
MPAA RATING: R (for strong sexual content, nudity, crude humor, language throughout and some drug use)
SCREENWRITER: Chris Rock
STARRING: Rosario Dawson, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock,Whoopi Goldberg, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer,Sherri Shepherd, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld,JB Smoove, Jay Pharoah, Anders Holm, Michael Che
Chris Rock has returned to the big screen with a new film entitled Top Five (which references picking a top five list of your favorite rap artists of all time). It’s about Andre Allen, a comedian / recovering alcoholic who was the top dog in comedy until his habits caught up with him. Now, as a sober individual he wants the world to take him seriously and he doesn’t want to be funny anymore. This prompts him to release a film about a slave rebellion where thousands of whites were killed. Needless to say it’s gonna be a struggle to get that to play well to audiences. And with the inclusion of his reality TV wedding on the horizon and a reporter following him around to interview him things may be too much for the funny man to handle.
First things first, the incomparable Rosario Dawson is in it and she is awesome as usual. She’s funny when needed and drama is no problem. Rock as Andre Allen is cool actually because he essentially gets to play himself but a little different. He calls in a slew of his famous and not so famous comedian friends for this one and it works for the most part as they take their situations and run with them. Some play characters and some play themselves. The funniest two were Jerry Seinfeld in a strip club and a surprise comedic appearance by DMX. The one thing I did notice was that were some things that you could see coming a mile away. It wasn’t like I was looking for some great Hitchcock type twist but I maybe would have liked to not to be able to predict events way ahead of schedule. Other than that, I rather enjoyed the film.
Top Five will have you laughing throughout and after the movie. If you can stand hearing the N-word more than a few times and some awe inspiring raunchiness you’ll like this one. I recommend it highly if you’re looking for a laugh.
(Oh and side note my Top Five are: Notorious B.I.G., Scarface, J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco and my sixth man is Kanye West.)