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‘Top Five,’ Believe It or Not, Has Feel of a Woody Allen Movie [Video]

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In the somewhat autobiographical “Top Five,” Chris Rock plays a former comedian who wants to be taken seriously as an actor.

That’s not an easy task after doing a movie trilogy as a crime fighter in a bear suit known as Hammy the Bear.

In the movie, he does publicity for his new serious movie about the Haitian slave uprising on the day before his wedding. The wedding is being well-orchestrated for a fictitious reality show on the Bravo network starring his beautiful fiancée (Gabrielle Union), whose only claim to fame is being a reality TV star. On the press junket, he meets Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson), a writer for The New Yorker, and she gets him to open up about the real Andre Allen (Rock).

The movie is a real slice of life in the day of a famous celebrity. We see the pitfalls to the glamorous life that all of us think celebrities live.

It’s a fast paced-movie with all of the events taking place over a one day period and there are a lot of laughs delivered in a short period of time. Small roles are played by Kevin Hart, Cedric the Entertainer and Tracy Morgan are hilarious and the cameo roles from some of Rock’s friends like Whoopi Goldberg, Adam Sandler and Jerry Seinfeld (and a couple of surprise cameos that I won’t reveal) take the movie over the top.

“Top Five” touches on the same topics that Rock does in his stand-up routines, like sex, love, and relationships and how people for some reason flock to Tyler Perry movies.

A lot of the movie is just Rock and Dawson walking down the streets of New York talking about stuff. Believe it or not, it has the feel of a Woody Allen movie.

The movie’s title, “Top Five,” comes from a reoccurring theme in the movie where everybody involved in conversations mentions who their top five MCs of all time are. Rock’s character mentions Jay-Z as his all time best; which is funny because Jay-Z is listed as a co-producer of the movie. (Be sure and stay for the bonus scenes where Seinfeld gives his top five list.)

“Top Five” is Rock’s best movie to date. It’s rated R for language, sex and drug use and it’s packed with a lot of good stuff in a short period of time (101 minutes long).

I think it may be a sleeper hit this holiday season. On my Hollywood Popcorn Scale, I rate the movie a LARGE.

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Source: The Touch Radio

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