Top Five

Top Five

Chris Rock (2014)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Chris Rock shows real maturity in his third film as writer/director by emphasising his sensitive side and courageously offering up his neuroses and dubious career choices for consideration and ridicule. He plays a successful but critically maligned actor, who's ashamed of his popular Hammy the Bear franchise and forthcoming wedding to a reality TV star, and so decides to reinvent himself with a film about the Haitian Revolution. Rosario Dawson co-stars as the journalist who challenges and gets close to him as he undergoes this epiphany. The result is a loose, talky comedy interspersed with flashes of Rock's raucous side that delivers on and subverts expectations. The outrageously enjoyable cameos (most memorably from Jerry Seinfeld and DMX) bolster its entertainment value, while Rock's return to stand-up generates more big laughs. However, the broad humour and delicate introspection don't always make for a happy marriage. There's nuance in the performances and bite in the script, but it could have done with a stronger hand behind the camera to blend it all together.


A comedian-turned-movie star is desperate to reinvent himself as a serious actor, while also preparing for his wedding to a reality TV celebrity. He spends a day being interviewed by a journalist, and their time together forces him to reflect on his past and what he really wants out of life. Comedy, directed by and starring Chris Rock, with Rosario Dawson.

Cast & Crew

Andre Allen Chris Rock
Chelsea Brown Rosario Dawson
Erica Long Gabrielle Union
Charles Kevin Hart
Vanessa Sherri Shepherd
Silk J B Smoove
Carl Allen Ben Vereen
Benny Barnes Romany Malco
Tammy Hayley Marie Norman
Jazzy Dee Cedric the Entertainer
Fred Tracy Morgan
Adam Sandler Adam Sandler
Whoopi Goldberg Whoopi Goldberg
Taraji P Henson Taraji P Henson
Gabourey Sidibe Gabourey Sidibe
Jerry Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld
Director Chris Rock
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse, sexual references.Released on: 8 May 2015