Chris Rock plays a stand-up comedian called Andre Allen, who after having massive hits with films such as Hammy the Bear wants to go more highbrow and be taken more seriously as an actor.

Allen, a recovering alcoholic who is just about to marry an obnoxious reality star, has just opened his newest film, a slave drama called Uprize, in New York. Unfortunately no-one likes it and everyone he meets just wants to know when he's going to make Hammy the Bear 4. Upset by the reaction to his film, he agrees, much to his better judgment, as it’s with the newspaper that has most consistently attacked his films, to an interview with a New York Times reporter called Chelsea (Rosario Dawson). The film then follows both Chelsea and Allen as they wander through the Manhattan streets finding that they have more in common with each other than they expected.

The story line Top Five pretty much mirrors Rocks own life, a massive hit as a stand-up comedian Rock has never quiet made it as a major film star, at one point he even asks why his film career isn't as successful as Tyler Perry's. Rock is good and there's even a number of cameos from Rocks real life friends; Adam Sandler and Whooping Goldberg.

Top Five is enjoyable thanks to the easy going charm between Rock and Dawson however it's one weakness is that it can never make its mind up if it's an out and out comedy or a rom com. Ultimately, much like Rocks film career to date, Top Five is a film that you won't remember long after you've left the cinema.




Top Five (15)

starring:Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, J.B. Smoove, Cedric the Entertainer, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan


UK Release: Friday 8th May 2015


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