Top 5 follows typecast funnyman actor and one-time stand-up comic, Andre Allen (Chris Rock), over one day, as he is interviewed by the down-to-earth New York Times reporter Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson). Andre is trying to reinvent his image by releasing a movie about the Haitian Revolution, as well as gearing up to his mega-wedding with his reality TV star fiancé.
As you would expect, this is a funny movie with a lot of laugh-out-loud moments. There are cameos from Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, and Whoopi Goldberg, and the supporting cast is stellar. A lot of the time, Rock is a tennis partner for his list of famous comedic actors, resulting in some hilarious and genuine-feeling banter. Look out for Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, and Tracy Morgan. These are not PC jokes though. The majority of the movie revolves around black culture and sex, but remain above the level of toilet humour.
Despite the playful script, the movie isn't without substance. Maybe Chris Rock was inspired by his Julie Delpy days, but the script is loose, and mainly consists of question-and-answer-style dialogue, as Andre and Chelsea walk around the city and interact with people in Andre's life.
Andre is struggling to differentiate between honest, emotional connections, and his apparently idyllic life. He's also having a crisis of character and self-belief. The movie bills itself as a romance. I would actually say that's the weakest component, as it felt a bit formulaic at times.
All in all, it's a decent comedy that is full of the bravado, humour and grit embodied by its title song – N****s in Paris, by Kanye West and Jay Z. Maybe use the song as a screening tool: if you are offended, then perhaps give this one a miss.
If you're still interested, then you can see Top 5 from March 12 onwards.