Writer/Director: Chris Rock
Cast: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, Jay Pharoah, DMX, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler
Producers: Scott Rudin, Eli Bush
Co-producers: Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Kanye West
Executive Music Producer: Questlove
A Paramount Pictures Release
December 12, 2014
Chris Rock doesn’t hold back. The comic made his name delivering sharp, uncensored observations about men, women, black people, white people, and the craziness we all get up to. As his work matured, his satire deepened, and he took on both politics and love. But he has never gotten any less raw. The edge is still there—Chris Rock can still scandalize, and he is more valuable and relevant than ever.
In TOP FIVE, Rock plays Andre Allen, a successful comedian and movie star who, having had his recent movies savaged by both critics and audiences, is in need of a hit. His fiancée (Gabrielle Union) wants him to help boost her reality TV show, while his agent, played by the rocket-fueled Kevin Hart, tries to guide him to his next blockbuster. But Andre’s attentions are elsewhere—on the soft tracking for his new, topical, serious film about the Haitian revolution…which is about to fail miserably at the box office. Hoping to get some much-needed coverage for his new movie, Andre agrees to an interview with The New York Times’ Chelsea Brown, a candid, irresistible journalist played by Rosario Dawson. It’s the beginning of a beautiful sparring match as, over the course of one day in New York City, Chelsea forces Andre to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind.
Rock and Dawson make an enchanting pair, and TOP FIVE reveals the real chemistry between the two—while a galaxy of comedy stars round out the supporting cast, including Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah. And as the line between the fictional Andre Allen and the real Chris Rock blurs, we encounter a host of actors, comedians, and famous friends from the always hilarious world of Chris Rock. Their scenes are a joy to watch as they riff on fame, sex, family, and that one question that always gets trash talk started: who are your top five hip hop artists of all time?