Top Five

WRITTEN BY: Chris Rock
STARRING: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union
RATING: 3.5 stars

Andre Allen (Chris Rock) is a comedian famous for his role in a series of funny action films in which he dresses up as bear named Hammy. His catchphrase "It's hammy time" seems to be as well known as Arnold Schwarzenegger's iconic “I'll be back” phrase. But Andre, who is also a recovering alcoholic, wants to put Hammy behind him, so he makes a serious film called Uprise about a Haitian slave rebellion, and is busy promoting it while also preparing to marry a reality television star (Gabrielle Union). Meanwhile, his agent tells him he must spend a day with journalist Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson) before his bachelor party, even though her publication has notoriously bashed all of Andre's work.

Rock wrote, directed and starred in Top Five. With such a long, successful career in Hollywood, he must have have had a lot of inspiration to draw on for this film. He remains one of the funniest, smartest and genuine comedians too, and clearly has a lot of fun in this film making jokes about being famous. Although Top Five is very modern, including some risque humour we often see in comedies these days, there is also a 1950s romantic comedy vibe about the film that elevates its charm. That is largely due to the witty dialogue and chemistry between Rock and Dawson, who are both fantastic. There are also a string of bit parts and cameos from famous comedians and actors, which are nice surprises. You are sure to laugh out loud a lot while watching Top Five.