Chris Rock’s Top Five Is All Time
To be honest, Chris Rock is one of my favorite comedians of all time. He’s definitely in the mix with Pryor, Murphy, Lawrence, Chappelle, and Foxx. He’s top six dead or alive without question. However, I didn’t know what to expect going into the late night showing of his latest offering, TOP FIVE. I think we could all agree that Rock is the Stand-Up special king, but his films have been hit or miss for the most part. There’s your Head Of State or your I Think I Love My Wife, both of which I love, and then you have your Down to Earth or your Pootie Tang, which had their moments but are more of an acquired taste.
It’s interesting to me that my favorite Rock films are the ones where he both writes and directs; each successive film has been better, which tells me not only that Rock has some serious aspirations as filmmaker, but he is also evolving before our eyes. Top Five falls into the Writer/Director category for Rock, so I was naturally rubbing my hands together like Bryan “Baby” Williams in a Lil Wayne video thinking this one might be good. What I came out of that theater thinking completely blew away any expectations I may have had entering. As I’m walking out with my boy I stop him mid stride with a dead ass look on my face and said “Yo, that might be one of the funniest f**#ing movies I’ve ever seen.“ His agreement just solidified for me the fact that Chris Rock is becoming a beast of an auteur, and this might be the funniest f**#ing movie I’ve ever seen. A lot of people may think I’m tripping, but I stand on that. Top Five is a classic comedy film.
Top Five is essentially about a day in the life of superstar comedian Andre Allen. The newly sober Andre is in somewhat of a transitional stage in his life and career. He’s coming off of three highly conceptual/successful action comedy films and strives to be taken more seriously with his new film “Uprize!”. Picture Martin Lawrence after Bad Boys 3 or Big Mommas House 3 wanting to play Martin Luther King Jr., or better yet Nat Turner since Andre’s foray into the dramatic is a film chronicling the Haitian Slave rebellion. He is also dealing with a personal crisis in the sense that he has never done stand-up sober and believes he’s never been funny unless he’s had a few drinks; which drops him in uncharted waters. He also seems to be stuck in an engagement to Erica Long (Gabrielle Union), professional celebrity dater and reality TV star, who has “Kris Jennered” their lives to the point Andre is feeling suffocated.
A Day In The Life Of
Enter Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson), a New York Times reporter and also a recovering alcoholic. She’s following Andre around for a story and after they develop a mutual connection and curiosity for one another, Dre agrees to let his guard down and give Chelsea a rare and honest glimpse into his life and his current struggles. What follows can be summed up simply as the funniest sh*t you’ve seen in a long time. The cast is brilliant; everyone brings their “A” game. This film looks like the result of a host of talented comedians and actors being allowed to collaborate in a unique environment to create something special, from the obvious to the nuanced, the chemistry is palpable.
Silk and Jazzy Dee
J.B. Smoove is always funny to me, but as Silk, Dre’s right hand man, a true B.G.K. (Big Girl Killa) he’ll have you in stitches as he chases any BBW (big butt or “boned” woman) entering his no fly zone. I can’t possibly highlight all of the great performances in such a short write up, but Cedric the Entertainer must be acknowledged. Cedric has had his share of memorable performances, but I don’t know if I’ve ever seen him funnier than as Jazzy Dee, the janky Houston promoter. We’re in the room for one of the most gratuitous “Unc Sex” scenes I’ve ever seen. Any of you with a playboy or pervert uncle who had no problem bringing his side pieces around know what “Unc Sex” is, just a disgusting memory we’ll carry with us to the grave. Think of the scene from House Party with the big dude just hulk smashing his girl, that to the 25th power.
Everything with Everybody
Top Five is a hybrid comedy, it’s cerebral funny, it’s slap d*ck funny, it’s a love story, it’s art imitates life imitates art, it’s a celebrity send up, all of these things combine to make it a unique and unforgettable piece of work. The cameos are well placed and hilarious. There’s Adam Sandler of course, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan (Get Well), Taraji P. Henson, Sherri Shepard, Gabourey Sidibe, but the best celebrity cameo by far was the Earl “DMX” Simmons Cameo, none better since Mike Tyson in The Hangover.
Throughout the film the theme of “who’s in your Top Five?” reoccurs with the thought that someone’s Top Five anything can say a lot about them as a person. Everyone has done this at some point, and the way it ties into the love story brings a nice element to the film. Wait till you hear Jerry Seinfeld’s top five. I gave my top five some thought, and its true it can say a lot about you, but the opposite can also be true. For instance, these are my top five rappers of all time:
1) Jay Z 2) Redman 3) Biggie 4) Snoop 5) Sean Price Aka Ruc
2Pac is my sixth man, from that you might gather that I am a materialistic weed smoking fornicator with violent tendencies who loves these hoes in no way shape or form, and that’s simply not true. You might be able to charge me with one, but I’ll leave that up to the imagination. Anyway, go see this film; it’s an instant classic. Salute to Chris Rock cast and crew. #whosinyourTOPFIVE