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Top Five (2014)

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A comedian tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality television star fiancée talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her television show.

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Chris Rock

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Chris Rock
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Rock ... Andre Allen
Rosario Dawson ... Chelsea Brown
J.B. Smoove ... Silk
Gabrielle Union ... Erica Long
Romany Malco ... Benny Barnes
Hayley Marie Norman ... Tammy
Anders Holm ... Brad
Cedric the Entertainer ... Jazzy Dee
Karlie Redd ... Rhonda
Kevin Barnett ... Columbia Student
Genevieve Angelson ... Columbia Student
Ben Cole ... Columbia Student
Corey Brown ... Columbia Student
Maia Wilson Maia Wilson ... Woman with Confidence
Teddy Coluca ... Maurice
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Storyline

New York Times reporter Chelsea Brown is spending a day interviewing comedian and recovering alcoholic Andre Allen, star of the hit film franchise Hammy The Bear, about a cop in a bear suit. Chelsea has forgotten her audio recorder, so they first go to her apartment. While there they discuss a magazine article about the Cinderella complex. Chelsea explains that Cinderella left something behind to let the prince know that she wanted to see him again..

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, crude humor, language throughout and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Finally Famous See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,896,593, 14 December 2014

Gross USA:

$25,317,471

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,117,471
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Company Credits

Production Co:

IAC Films, Jax Media See more »
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Chris Rock and Sherri Sheperd appeared together in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008). Additionally, the franchise's spin-off movie, Penguins of Madagascar (2014), released in the same year as Top Five (2014). See more »

Quotes

Andre Allen: A lot of people don't like dates. It's like, "I hate dating. I hate dating."
Andre Allen: I like dates. Dates are cool.
Andre Allen: 'Cause a date means someone is considering fucking you.
Andre Allen: They have to, like, ponder it. It's just...
Andre Allen: Anybody you can eat with, you might have a chance of fucking.
Andre Allen: So, and they're just pondering fucking you.
Andre Allen: They're weighing it in their head. They're going...
Andre Allen: Girls are going, "His dick, my mouth. I wonder."
Andre Allen: And even if it doesn't happen, you just feel... I feel good.
Andre Allen: I mean, any day somebody...
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, Jerry Seinfeld gives his top five. See more »


Soundtracks

Same Damn Time
Written by Sonny Digitol (as Sonny Corey Uwaezuoke) and Future (as Nayvadius Wilburn)
Performed by Future
Published by Irving Music, Inc. on behalf of itself, Bangvillage 247 Publishing LLC., Nayvadius Maximus Music and Sonny Digital Music Group
Courtesy of Epic Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A few jabs but no knockout punch, Top Five is Chris Rock's directing best...but still could have been better
15 December 2014 | by diac228See all my reviews

Top Five is a film that should have been ballsier, should have had a stronger voice, and should have delivered a heavier punch. The fact is we have seen this concept before, with the weak Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins and the mediocre Funny People. The entertainer-going-back-to-roots-rediscovery angle has been done a couple times within the past half-decade. So in order for Top Five to stand out, it needs sharper dialogue, more entertaining scenarios, more heart. And who better to do this then one of the best comics in the last 20 years? Yet despite the effort and the clearly talented cast, the movie never truly floats above mediocrity waters. Top Five does enough to slightly entertain, but you really wish that there could have been more.

Chris Rock's stand-up is undeniably one of the best in the history of the art form. He has the observational humor of Jerry Seinfeld mixed with the sharp delivery of Eddie Murphy. His cinematic career however lacks the bite that gives him the unique voice in comedy. When your best performance and best non-animated movie comes from a 20+ year old Wesley Snipes film (well...maybe CB4), there is a major issue. And although this movie isn't autobiographical, it definitely has some nods to Rock's actual career. This time Rock is channeling his inner Woody Allen by writing, directing, and starring in a New York flick.

In terms of acting, Chris Rock does not disappoint. His chemistry with the evocative and beautiful Rosario Dawson (sheer underrated talent) was the highlight of the film by far. They work off each other very well, which makes it all the more surprising that the rest of the cast had such limited material and didn't have their chance to truly mesh with Rock. Even Cedric the Entertainer and his amazing portrayal of a Houston freewheeler didn't contribute much. Chris Rock does indeed have the ability to run a movie, but boy did I wish more from Cedrick, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Gabrielle Union, among others.

All the small roles from talented people would be forgiven if the script had been stronger, and if the film had truly explored the harsh questions. Behind the microphone, Chris Rock is not afraid to take on touchy subjects. In Top Five, lots of concepts are lightly brought up but never explored. The reality star life angle, the difficult comedian life angle, the race angle, the returning-to-roots angle, and even the politics subject was slightly and very dimly brought up, but it never dwelled deeper. We could have had some serious post-viewing discussions on the whos, the whats, and the whys, but the film never ignited the fire.

Similar to About Last Night, another 2014 woulda, coulda, shoulda black ensemble film that didn't dip its feet into the discussion waters, Top Five explores a similar cinematic concept and stays afloat mainly because of lead character chemistry and a few cameos striking comedic gold. Unfortunately this movie lacks the bite of Chris Rock standup (despite the "R" rating giving you full permission to do so), instead meandering into similar territory that mixes Woody Allen with recent Judd Apatow. Dramatic but not dramatic enough, funny but not funny enough, provocative but not provocative enough, There are too many ingredients in the talent soup for the overall flavor to remain slightly lifeless.

I wanted more, anticipated more, and overall it just wasn't enough—despite this being Rock's best directorial and acting work.


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