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Top Five


Rated R · 101 minutes · 2014

Comedy, Romance
In Top Five, Chris Rock plays a stand-up comedian who's graduated into movies with a moronic franchise in which he wears a bear costume; after three installments, he's decided to make a sober historical drama about the Haitian slave rebellion of 1791. We're supposed to read this as autobiographical, I guess, yet in Rock's own filmmaking ventures, he's proved himself fully capable of hitting a line drive down the middle, writing movies that are funny but also smart and socially engaged. Head of State (2003), his directing debut, featured plenty of slapstick and broad gags, but its populist satire of presidential politics had real teeth. I Think I Love My Wife (2007), a grown-up comedy of manners about marital infidelity, took as its model no less than Eric Rohmer's Chloe in the Afternoon. And Good Hair (2009), a wide-ranging documentary about the black hair-care industry that Rock produced and starred in, explored modern African-American identity with a level of insight and social nuance that Spike Lee might have envied. Continue reading >>

See our full review: Chris Rock comes into his own as a filmmaker

Chris Rock comes into his own as a filmmaker

Top Five is a tale of love, race, sex, and celebrity. »

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Director: Chris Rock
Producer: Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Tony Hernandez and Lila Yacoub
Cast: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che and Jay Pharoah

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