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Top Five (2014)



Critic Consensus: As smart, funny, and trenchant as writer-director-star Chris Rock's best standup work, Top Five is a career highlight for its creator -- and one of the comedy standouts of 2014.

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Pulsing with the rhythm of his greatest stand-up, Chris Rock's TOP FIVE takes things to the next level, reveling in the high and the low, and blending a star-studded comedic romp with an irresistible romance. TOP FIVE digs under the surface of show business, politics, rap, and the exigencies of being black and famous today-holding it all up to the light in the way only Chris Rock can. Mingling echoes of Woody Allen and Dick Gregory with the energy of Kanye West and Jay Z, TOP FIVE is an original and radically new kind of American movie. Written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, TOP FIVE tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career-and the past-that he's left behind. Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah. The film is produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush. The Co-Producers are Shawn "Jay Z" Carter and Kanye West; the Executive Music Producer is Questlove. (C) Paramount

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Chris Rock
as Andre Allen
Rosario Dawson
as Chelsea Brown
Kevin Hart
as Charles
Adam Sandler
as Himself
Greta Lee
as Pill Girl
Genevieve Angelson
as Columbia Student
Ben Wood
as Sirius XM DJ
Ben Vereen
as Carl Allen
Nancy Castro
as Andre Fan
Jen Jacob
as Ryan's Date
Tom Papa
as Drunk Businessman
Ice Aysun Leidl
as Cocktail Waitress
Rick Shapiro
as Biker AA Guy
Stacey Sargeant
as Big Female Cop
Stefano Villabona
as 1st Row Audience Member
Vivian Chiu
as Columbia Student
Dean Edwards
as Comic on Stage
Liam Ferguson
as Dolce & Gabbana Client
Dylan Caltabiano
as Macaroni Girl
Vivian Nixon
as Jasmine
Amelia Fowler
as Large Girl
Dolores Winn
as L.A. Hair Dresser
Angela Lewis
as Flight Attendant
Rachel Caccese
as Columbia Student
Phillip Boykin
as Andre's Driver #2
Krista Tunnell
as Comedy Club Patron
Teddy Coluca
as Maurice the Tailor
Alberto Vasquez
as Supermarket Cashier
Paugh Shadow
as Undercover Detective
Lorna Pruce
as New York Police Officer
Anthony Ferretti
as Police Officer
Volieda Webb
as Andre's Friend
Joseph Basile
as Annoyed Laughing Jail Bird Watching TV
Danny Bolero
as Janitor
Shani Marquise
as Exotic Dancer
Daniel Goldsmith
as Andre's Driver #1
Peter Iasillo Jr.
as Armed Terrorist #1
Dan Hooks
as Audience Member
Corey Brown
as College Student
J. David Blatt
as Jailhouse Prisoner
Alan Davis
as Paparazzi
Stephen Sapienza
as Casting Agent
Christian Frazier
as Talent Agent
Julie E. Davis
as Hotel Guest
Aaron Salley
as Bartender
Pasha Sol
as Restaurant Patron
Chelsea Meyer
as Columbia Student
William L. Bozarth
as Audience Member
John Austin Wiggins
as Celebrity Baker
Derek Peith
as Supermarket Manager
Elleen Hannah
as Police Officer
Charlie Rose
as Himself
as Himself
Jim Norton
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Top Five

All Critics (187) | Top Critics (66)

Overall, I appreciate what this film does in showcasing a more serious Chris Rock. I think it's his best film to date.

August 15, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Top Five gives us a glimpse of [Rock's] comic genius. Just a tad.

March 21, 2017 | Full Review…

He finds a cinematic approximation of his act: free-flowing, unpredictable, personal, spiced up with pop cultural references, political shout-outs, and a decidedly hip-hop energy, and above all else, funny as hell.

June 7, 2016 | Full Review…

Top Five is hardly in the same class as Stardust Memories but it is still manifestly cinema, rather than filmed comedy, and the gags are often visually sophisticated.

May 14, 2015 | Full Review…

Beneath the meta-fiction and the lulz lies a genuinely warm romance in the style of Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise.

May 10, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Rock's crass reliance on misogynist hooker gags and hot-sauce-up-the-ass homophobia routines means that an Adam Sandler cameo hardly seems out of place.

May 10, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Top Five


Rumored to be a Woody Allen-esque Chris Rock movie, "Top Five" IS a pretty walky-talky journey between a B-list comedian with A-list aspirations and the journalist interviewing him, but I'm not really sure about the relevance of the inciting task of ranking one's top five favorite rap artists. The scope of the interview is more expansive than that. Chris Rock and Rosario Dawson eventually create some tragically beautiful missed-connection chemistry, but the movie is too slow throughout and too afraid to let the intimate conversation carry itself.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


This is a very unique and intriguing movie. Chris Rock's social awareness while writing this part-satirical/part-meta screenplay really pays off as it explores the life of reality stars/celebrities and their on and off screen personas. There are some hilarious moments, but "interesting" or "charming" are better ways to describe this movie. The cameos are also very nice. This film is Rock solid work.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer


Made me laugh and think. Launk? Thingh? Anyway - see it, you won't be sorry.

Julie B
Julie B

Super Reviewer

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