Top Five

“Chris Rock, remember him? Yeah he was starting to fade away from existence. So he wrote, directed, and starred in a new movie, Top Five. In short, I think he really pulled it off. It just wasn’t really for me.

Rock’s Andre Allen is a comic in recovery. Back in the day, he was one of the most bankable on screen comedians, but the combination of the banality of the roles and the temptations of the Hollywood lifestyle set him down a dark path of addiction. He sobered up, got engaged to a big reality star, and tackled a serious and heavy dramatic role. The movie spends one day with him as he’s being shadowed by a Times reporter (Rosario Dawson), the day of his movie’s opening, two days before his wedding.

I found the story of the characters interesting, and our two leads were great, but I couldn’t really connect to the supporting characters or get involved in their interactions. They just weren’t people I could really relate to, and that’s okay. I still applaud Rock for putting this together, and I thought Dawson also turned in a strong performance.

Top Five – \m/ \m/ \n”

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